I’ve been to California five times in my life, the first time was in 1968 with my mother, brother and boyfriend. Those were groovy days, flower power and hippie-style: from my long straight hair with a part down the middle influenced by Joni Mitchell, down to my far out, floral bell-bottoms inspired by Cher. I was a very fashionable hippie; no dirty, torn blue jeans for this flower child.
California was a hot spot in the 60s, even the Beverly Hillbillies moved to L.A.
My friend Celeste has inspired me to start dreaming again.
In 1974 my husband and I drove across the map to California with friends and our little three-year-old daughter, Jean. Escaping the winter for even a couple of weeks to have fun on the beach and enjoy Disneyland was worth the long drive out west.
We visited Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, it was ringing with praise songs which had a great influence on contemporary Christian music. We were new Christians and this was a blessed time!!
Traveling always imprints lasting memories for me, even without photographs, the pictures are vivid in my mind.
On our vacation in 2006, we met up with Jean for her romantic wedding on Long Beach with her charming husband. We toured the coast of California along the Pacific Coast Highway down to San Diego, my first time that far south in California. We stayed at a hotel in Huntington Beach with a view of the Pacific Ocean. I can’t believe people actually get to live there!
When I received a scholarship to a dance camp in Stockton (near San Francisco) I jumped at the opportunity. As a dance instructor, I got to teach a dance at the camp and met some lovely people from all over the world!
Why not take a detour on the way to Seattle to visit Jean, and meet up with my cousin Marion in San Francisco? She suggested we take a tour on a Hop-on Hop-off open top double-decker bus to enjoy the sights. Fabulous idea and we stopped to get off wherever we wanted to.
I left my ♥ in San Francisco!
I’m making a list of friends and family in California, so I hope to see you all next time I’m coming your way!
The only thing better than visiting California is living there!
To all you Californians – enjoy it!!