California is such a great outdoor destination. One of my surprises was to wandered into a butterfly trail where there were thousands of Monarch butterflies wintering on a grove of trees.
Although I have seen them on documentary, it was something else to see these orange colored butterflies in their natural splendour.
Favorite thing: Compared to the mountains of the north and the beachfront development to the south, central California is a flat, hot and desertlike environment. Just east of Visalia, where temperatures routinely soar above 100 degrees farenheit during the summer, lies the San Joaquin valley which stretches toward the base of the mountains.
The Common Dandelion (there is nothing "common" when it comes to this plant) is a native of Europe and Asia. The California Dandelion is native to California.
Fondest memory: the skies... to lay on your back and look at the sky. Someone told me that only humans beings have this treat. Who knows?
The beachs and the shopping are the greatest in California. I love the little cafes and the bonfires on the sand in the summer.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is the bonfire I went to with my water polo team in August. It was awesome to be at the beach with my friends to just have a great time after a hard day of practicing.
This facsinating State would be an incredible place to visit... So much to see and do here, I can't wait to get started on my travel plans for California.
Unfortunately, I only had two single days here the last time... So, I will complete this, after my next visit :-)
Hike all or part of the John Trail. The Trail stretches from Yosemite south to Mt. Whitney (the highest spot in the lower 48 states) for 211 miles.
Fondest memory: We spent 3 weeks enjoying incomparable views of mountains and lakes in this series of pristine wilderness areas. I've included a TRAVELOGUE of this hike for those interested in the adventure.
Definately go to the ocean if you've never seen it! If you get a chance to drive along the coast on Highway 1 don't pass that up its a gorgeous view!.
Fondest memory: If you are like me, living most of your life in one place you will see so many things in California you love. Driving up the coast on highway one is the best memory I have. I had never seen the ocean or mountains like that, until I went on this roadtrip. If you have lived in a mostly flat state in the midwest your whole life you would love this area!
Favorite thing: Vast fields of Golden Poppies have ever been one of the strong and peculiar features of California scenery. They are the State's flower. The gladsome beauty of this peerless flower has brought renown to the land of its birth. Present everywhere, at all times in some form, it is not surprising that it has taken firm hold of the affections of the people, and that the homage of the nature-loving world is so freely offered it
Sightsee around the island by golf cart. Following roads, sometimes dirt, was so fun, and a great way to find an out of the way picnic spot with a million dollar view!
Fondest memory: The beautiful blue turquoise waters. I've never seen water so blue in all my life.
It sounds obvious, but GO TO THE BEACH!!!! Spend some time along the central CA coast where people are scarce and there is plenty of room to take quiet walks along desolate beaches.
Fondest memory: Pick any of the 1000 sunsets I've seen over the Pacific Ocean--they are all beautiful.
See the coast, unfortunately, before it's too late... It's very sad how grand scale pollution is affecting certain beaches of the area and it is to be hoped that the efforts made to fight it will succeed.
Still, it's mindblowing how the coastline just goes on forever, all those cities and small towns so far apart are connected by the tides and by the sand.
Where I live, being on the same beach means you are neighbours so to see this expanse of sand neverending and waves crashing straight on the beach was a humbling experience
Visit Laguna Beach, if you're near Los Angeles. Although somewhat artificial (all the green plants would never survive during most of the year if they weren't watered heavily each day), it's a stunningly beautiful place to be. The shopping is also pretty good, and the downtown area is just a short walk from the beach.
Fondest memory: Getting off the plane, having come from Chicago with about 14 inches of snow, and going here on our first day of sightseeing. It was perfectly sunny and in the high 60's--it was hard to believe it wasn't a dream for a day or two. :)
Fondest memory: This picture was taken on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The colors in the sky were gorgeous, and the silhouette of the palm trees in the foreground really is quintessentially 'California.' A beautiful memory!
OK, if you're really into a rush, go white water
rafting on the Trinity River! It's the happenning
place in the summer. Of course the Trinity Alps
are spectacular any time of the year.
Fondest memory: My best memory is of swimming in the Trinity River
when I first moved here 25 years ago. It's an
experience all on it's own. Being in the ocean
is nothing like it. Fresh cool, refreshing water on
a 100%+ hot day, it's the best.
Favorite thing: One of the nicest places in California is Palm Springs. Although more a luxurious resort for older folks it is beautiful (with all the windmills that produce electricity the nice way), cheap (The nicest hotels come with Jacuzzis, Suites and Everything for under 35$) and has great casinos. Nature Trails and 10-15 minutes away and the weather year round is hot (although humid).