Five places in California I want to visit
1. Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks. Lovely AND local!
2. Avenue of the Giants, in Redway, Calif. Because how awesome would it be to drive through a tree?
3. Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada. Tried once and failed due to weather conditions (still snowy in June!)
4. Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Sounds like a Haunted edition of “Holmes on Homes.” Like HGTV but Spooky!
5. The Bridge to Nowhere hike in the San Gabriel Mountains. Someday if I ever become a hiker, this is on my list. Another local treasure!
Five places in California I’m really glad I’ve visited
1. Bodie State Historical Park in Bridgeport (near Mammoth Lakes): A real ghost town, not a cheesy tourist attraction, held in a state of arrested decay. Very seldom do Americans get to feel so … desolate. What started as a back-up when Yosemite was closed turned into a very memorable excursion!
2. Drive up Highway 1: This and Route 66 may just be the nation’s most iconic road trips; and I’d venture to say this is the more majestic of the two. Ocean views and bridges most of the way make this a bucket list-worthy trip.
3. San Diego Zoo Safari Park: If you are used to regular zoos, this place is a whole new world. More space, a more natural setting, and an awesome safari area where the animals that won’t eat each other are all mixed in together.
4. Mammoth Lakes: this was another destination that started as a “consolation prize” when Yosemite was closed; but it was truly beautiful country. Lakes, mountains, waterfalls, trees and a change of scenery. It was literally a breath of fresh air.
5. Santa Barbara: We’ve gone here time and time again, with out-of-towners and on our own. The beach, mountains, shopping, a cute little zoo, Stearns Wharf, the Mission, our favorite mexican restaurant and Julia Childs’ favorite taqueria … the destination that keeps on giving.