Well, I could go on forever about things I like about California. But I’m going to tie it up for now with five more. Here goes:
— San Francisco: I never lived in the northern part of the state, but I traveled to this memorable city three times. Unfortunately, I did not take any pics, but the images in my mind are terrific. Riding cable cars, eating from sourdough bread bowls at Fisherman’s Wharf and viewing the architecture at the top of Nob Hill are events not to be missed. This is a city that everyone needs to visit at least once.
— Shopping malls: No better place to part with money. Venues such as South Coast Plaza, the Irvine Spectrum and Fashion Valley have all the major stores and some specific to the area. The most unique to me is Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego, whose parking area is labeled by fruits, not letters and numbers. Probably still some shoppers wandering around in there from the grand opening.
— Golf courses: A direct result of the weather. You are never more than a 9-iron away from quality links. They range from the famous (Torrey Pines in San Diego, site of several major tourneys) to the regular, dog-eared muni. Hey, the adventures include animals. Once in Bonita, a duck started nibbling on my golf bag as I waited to tee off. And in Chula Vista, a crab dug his claws into my index finger when I reached for my ball in a dry creek bed after an errant shot.
–Freeways: Equally loved and cursed by the locals, these are indispensable to life in SoCal. They have names as well as numbers — the San Diego Freeway, aka I-5, extends all the way to LA. And there are names that strike terror — the Orange Crush, the El Toro Y. But roll down the top on a convertible and drive along one, and you’ll be hooked, too.
— Theme parks: The best known, of course, is the D-word in Anaheim where Goofy, Snow White and the world’s most famous mouse live. But there’s also the sister park, California Adventure, as well as others. In Santa Monica, there’s an amusement park on the pier. In San Diego, there’s the San Diego Zoo and Sea World. This entry seems like the perfect one to tie things up with. “C” you real soon. “Y?” Because we LIKE you.