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California – I keep going back there.  Not that it’s the most beautiful state or has the greatest history or the greatest people or the greatest anything other than maybe the greatest diversity of everything.  I’ve traveled all over it in winter, summer and spring, seen it in its many colors, met the people along the way.  It’s a place where everything changes as you go down the road.  You leave a city and are in a desert or on a mountain or on the shore. It’s got it all in one big melting pot of people who vary from region to region. California could be three or four states, each individual. It’s bounded by the Sierras on the east and the Pacific on the west with bountiful valleys and mountain ranges in between.

After driving over 1,800 miles around the state in the last few weeks, here are some of my favorite spring images that speak better than I can write.

In the Spring, the hills that are golden in the summer have a fresh green…

IMG_4746El Mirage still holds that never catchable lake in the distance…

DSC_0264Death Valley is still desolate…

DSC_0324 DSC_0306DSC_0330…but there are flowers where only baked rocks exist in the heat of summer.

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DSC_0394The Sierras suddenly come into view, rising out of the ground in a never ending ridge north.

DSC_0437And skiers rush to mountains that received 22 inches of snow the night before – in April and May…DSC_0483 DSC_0493 - Version 2There’s the perfection of Lake Tahoe…

DSC_0579the beauty of the Sierras with the spring thaw filling the creeks and rivers…DSC_0599 DSC_0617DSC_0619…and flowers that bring color to the hills.DSC_0652The buildings of the little mining towns give a sense of the excitement of the history of the area from San Francisco to Sacramento to Nevada.  You can visualize the wagon trains, the Pony Express riders, the stagecoaches, and the first railroads that brought people from the east.  You can see the places Mark Twain made famous and picture the characters who lived this life.

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DSC_0685 DSC_0700And then you reach the coast and its giant Coastal Redwoods.  My visit to Muir Woods was a complement to my visits to Yosemite and the Sequoias in past visits.DSC_0790And then it’s the California coast, from the bay area…DSC_0903 DSC_0959…to the beaches…from Pacifica to kite surfing and sailboarding meccas…DSC_0981 DSC_0996to sunsets…DSC_1012to Big Sur in all its beauty…

DSC_1023 DSC_0007The wildlife is abundant, seals, otters, whales, and the ever delightful elephant seals…DSC_0091_2DSC_0065…and animals we were promised but never saw…
DSC_1021Southern California beaches had birds and dunes to climb…DSC_0111_2 DSC_0131_2Here’s to the best restaurant name ever – in Lompoc.  Too bad it closed.IMG_4742And back to Los Angeles, city of dreams, freeways, and endless fascination.DSC_0104Cheers to California with all its natural wonders, it bounty of natural resources, and the people who make it even more interesting.  Spring with the California poppies blooming everywhere is truly a delight.DSC_0028_2

 

Being in Los Angeles is a trip to many worlds within the city, illustrated by signs of today and yesterday.  Some pictures were taken from a moving car – not as good, but they capture the images of Los Angeles, palm trees and all.

DSC_0209This one intrigues me for whatever reasons.  I passed it several times a day.

DSC_0006Saturday morning with the Jewish men walking to worship.

 

DSC_0028Historic Broadway Theatre Tour given by the L.A. Conservancy on Saturday mornings.  Walked by and in some of the theaters where vaudeville played and audiences first saw silent movies.

DSC_0071My favorite of the old theaters.

DSC_0104These were movie palaces…

DSC_0181Now a richly Hispanic area, there were flags everywhere…

DSC_0106And festive dresses for Quinceañeras and weddings, buzzing on a busy shopping day.

DSC_0107DSC_0046Beautiful Art Deco buildings.  Johnny Depp owns two penthouses in this one, according to our guide.

DSC_0161And there are random things that make you smile…

DSC_0184And reflect…

DSC_0169Los Angeles is a diversity of cultures…

DSC_0205This one makes me laugh since it was deep in a Hispanic neighborhood.  Jim is trying to offer it all.

DSC_0210The drives around town take you to places both exotic…

DSC_0231and scenic…

DSC_0219with signs that make you ask where do they come up with that?

DSC_0225There are entertaining signs that have been there for decades

DSC_0151_2and there are signs of the entertainment business that we all associate with La La Land…

IMG_4763and love…

DSC_0149My favorite was driving down the street and seeing Kermit…

DSC_0021He rose above the studio where Charlie Chaplin once roamed.

DSC_0017There are tributes to stars of the past…

DSC_0041And beautiful theaters still entice in neighborhoods…

DSC_0234You can always find a good meal in Los Angeles…  Lacy’s has a great breakfast…

DSC_0003Porto’s in Burbank, or other locations, is a wonderful American success story.  The Cuban family that owns it inspires with their history, their delicious salads, sandwiches and soups and their famous cakes, breads and pastries that make me drool to even think about…I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a busy place with such happy employees, every one of them.

 

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IMG_4727This is a wonderful Greek restaurant on Ventura Blvd.

IMG_5022Such was my most recent trip to Los Angeles, capped off by lovely visits with friends, including Scott Wilson, who let me hold his head, a souvenir from “The Walking Dead.”  What would the trip be without a brush with celebrity?

IMG_3864Los Angeles is always entertaining.