July 30, 2013


So, y'all... I really miss California.  I mean, since it's not winter (and hasn't been for a while), the fact I'm not there is a little more bearable, but at the same time it's not.  And now these little things I come across throw me into an uber-reminiscent mood.

Like this:
this is not an advertisement for garmin.
While hunting down an old address in my GPS last week, a few of them jumped out at me, as goofy as that sounds.

It was the best week of my life.  I love California, and I really miss it out there (and I'm sure Aemelia is probably tired of hearing me complain).  I mean - I have wanted to go back since my return to Michigan, but in the past few months, it's been getting really bad.  I mean really, not like "oh, it'd be nice to get back there one day," but more like, "it's one of my life goals to find a job and live out there."  I've heard a lot of complaints about Grand Ole Cali - the people, the politics, the atmosphere - and while I agree on the politics part, it's my element.  Of all the places I've traveled, I don't think I've felt more at home than among the people and atmosphere and massive starry skies and the booming crash of the waves along the coast and the salty ocean air.  The perfect combination of quiet living and the fast life, both of which I love.  The clean, bustling streets of Santa Barbara and Ventura, and the piers and endless "secret passageways" running between the quaint little stores lining the streets.  The scent of Ojai lemons wafting on the breeze that sneaks its way into the pockets of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen.  And the perfectly crafted mountainsides.   Man, do I miss the mountains.

It's funny how places can etch a special spot into the heart, no matter if you're only there for a short time.  It's the memories of late nights on Ventura beach, sneaking in past curfew and trying not to giggle too loudly on the way, dancing in the car between various shenanigans, lazy games of Truth or Dare on Santa Barbara pier.  *le sigh* Wonderful times.

It feels like I'm really, really far away from home, and I can't wait to get back.

Read about the Californian Adventure of 2013:
... and finally


  1. I have never been to the sea. :( Now I want to even more than I previously did! Nova Scotia, I love you (long-distance).

  2. I miss the mountains too. ♥

    The negative talk about CA is rarely accurate. We have a couple of very large cities with weird politics, which means we give a bad impression to the rest of the country that doesn't know any better, but... Californians are actually some of the best people I've ever met. I love it.


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