Stalagmites and Stalactites in the California Caves in the Gold Country
2) I love the extremes, like:
Mt. Whitney, the highest Peak in the contiguous United States
Death Valley, The lowest place on earth, and the hottest in the United States
Lake Tahoe, the biggest Alpine Lake in the United States
3) I love the varied architecture and architects, like:
Frank Lloyd Wright's Walker Residence in Carmel
Greene and Greene's Gamble House in Pasadena (where I grew up), a prime example of Bungalow Style Architecture
Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles
4) I love that we can do all this within a few hours drive:
Horseback ride in the Mammoth Mountains in the Eastern Sierras
Fish at Lake George
Cross Country Ski in Bear Valley
Play wave tag in Newport Beach
Hang out at the beach in Laguna
5) I love that California has a Cuisine named after it and world famous wine country:
Alice Waters, co-founder of the esteemed restaurant, Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, California is usually credited with originating "California Cuisine". The emphasis on using fresh ingredients in season grown by local farms garnered her reputation as the proprietress of one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.
Photo by Brent Miller, WineCountry.com
Then there is the Napa Valley, or what I like to call "the Valley of the Gods". It is stunningly beautiful and produces some of the best wine in the world.
OK....that is my five things.
But, as much as I have tried, I cannot wittle it down to five. I have to add:
What would we do without it?
California, the home of The Happiest Place on Earth
Kay....I'm done now. And I am tagging: