What I love about my home town.
I live in Southern California, in what is referred to as “the LA basin.” I’m in Orange County, about 15 minutes up the road from Disneyland.
I LOVE living here. I love living close to one of the biggest and most diverse cities in the world – Los Angeles. We really utilize what it has to offer – we go to museums, theaters, gardens, fairs, sporting events, ethnic festivals, and much more.
I also love the geography. We are about 15 minutes from the ocean – sandy beaches where we’ve spent many many long sunny days and had many bonfires in the evenings. But we are only a little more than an hour from the mountains – which are snow-covered and absolutely gorgeous this week! And, we’re about two hours from the desert – Joshua Tree National Park is my favorite place to go camping.
I love the weather here. Some people from other states complain that the weather is always the same here – but really there is a lot of variety. I love the Santa Ana winds with that soft warm desert air and I love the foggy marine layers. Recently we’ve had crisp cold (mid-40’s) temperatures with a slight breeze coming off the snow-covered mountains. It doesn’t snow where I live, but for those who like snow, there is great skiing and snowboarding only about an hour away.
The best thing about where I live is that my family lives close by – my sisters and their families live within a couple of miles of me. I grew up only a couple of miles from where I live now and I really really love that I know the area so well. When we drive around I often tell my kids little vignettes about the places we pass. I show them where I worked or tell them little incidents that happened to me, little adventures I had when I was a teenager. It is really fun. One of their friends once said that riding in our car was like being on a really interesting tour.
I’ve lived in this area for almost 57 years so I have a lot of little stories to tell about it.