I find this thread interesting from a couple of different points of view.
1) From a “What others think of California”. Yes, California is a Love/Hate state. Many people see California only from what they see on TV or Eastern Network News. One out of every eight Americans live in California. If California was a country it would have the 5th largest economy in the world. California has more people than Canada. Given that many people, many people don’t want to get caught up in all the traffic and combat driving.
2) And from “What people miss and don’t know about California”. What non-residents miss is all the National and State parks and the Redwoods, High Sierras, Beaches, and Rivers. Also there are all the tourist attractions and surfing, hiking, sailing, mountain biking and on and on.
So when I see some say, how can I get through California fast and get to the good stuff, it makes me ask, “Why would anyone say that?” They just don’t know the California I do. Don’t get me wrong, I also like the other states that members of this board have shown me of their states. ie New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Canada including Victoria Island.
My route to the Oregon Gathering...
First leg, my Dad’s 92nd birthday.
Second leg, On to the gathering.
Third, Back home.
We need to get back to work...