Growing Up California

No, I didn’t grow up in California, but it was in growing up that I fell in love with California. The summer of age twelve, I spent a month in San Diego. A week of that month was at Ocean Beach. At an impressionable age, on-the-cusp of my teen years, California left its mark in my life.

That summer wasn’t easy. My parents had separated. Southern California was our my escape. I didn’t have to worry about my family or the changes that were taking place. All my troubles washed away in the Pacific.

At the end of summer, I went back to my home in the Oklahoma countryside, where my accent wasn’t cute anymore and people didn’t ask to hear me talk. I sounded like everyone else again, and I missed the care-free days of the summer. So, I decorated my bedroom walls with posters of surfers. I was determined to hold on to the magic of my California summer.

Surrounded by 60-foot waves, I dreamed of beach days and mushroom omelets at the beachside cafe.

My love for California never departed from my heart. Every chance I get, I go back to remember and dream of those summer days that meant so much to me.

Jason and I leave tomorrow for California and will spend a whole week “California Dreamin”. On our radar is San Diego, Palm Springs, Big Bear Lake, and Ventura. Who knows where else in-between, lots of places I haven’t been to. We don’t have a schedule or strict plan. Our only plan is do and see and go.

I will be taking LOTS of photographs.

Truthfully? Tomorrow morning can’t get here fast enough.

I am not even sure what I’m looking forward to more….sunsets on the beach, being off work, visiting the San Diego Zoo, or under 100 degree days.

Whatever we do, I can promise you, it will be enjoyed.

My next post will be from my iPhone in CALI!!!


14 thoughts on “Growing Up California

  1. or some reason even though I am subscribed to your blog, I have not been getting your posts so I thought you hadn’t been posting and saw on FB you are…sorry I’ve been absent! So cool that you get to relive your “dream summer” with your “dream man”…have a fabulous time!


  2. I hope you have a wonderful time in Cali! My cousin lives in Southern Cali and I know she loves it there! I have yet to visit but I hope to gain from your experience! Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂


  3. Like you, I’m totally fell in love with Cali when I was at uni there. Now my son is at uni there too which is my perfect excuse to visit. Hope you have a great trip and can’t wait to hear all about it.


  4. Your trip sounds amazing and hopefully you two are already relaxing near the beach. Thank you for visiting my site. I shared your comment with the recovering Donna.


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