That's why I said you have to know WHERE to go! In the winter you can't go to the mountains/or can't go easily, you go to the coast because the weather is nice there in the winter. In the summer you can go to the coast or the mountains, though plan on fog at the coast, at least in the mornings. You can't go to the valley in the winter because, as you saw, it's too cold and we never see the sun. In the summer you don't want to be in the valley because it's too stinkin' hot! Really, there's not too many good reasons to camp in the valley anyway, but if you really want to, you can camp there in the spring and fall
And that, in a nutshell, is California! Hope you had a good time in LA. We had an earthquake? Must have missed it. It has to be a pretty big one to bother a native. I'd much rather deal with them than tornados or hurricanes!
PS The sun shone here today all day long--it was BEAUTIFUL! Haven't had a sunny day in I don't know how many weeks!
Lisa, we were just a few miles away from you last week and we froze to death. Never saw the sun with all the fog and we broke down and bought coats. When we left Oregon we just brought sweatshirts but boy, it is coat time when it doesn't get above 45 all day long. We had to come all the way to LA to see the sun. Even if they did throw an earthquake at us, we are enjoying the sun for a few more days.