Oh Cali, How I’ve Missed You! A Photo Essay

Have you ever traveled somewhere and felt an instant connection? I feel that way every time I am in California.

Maybe it’s because of the beauty created by its people.

On the beach in Santa Barbara

Maybe it’s because this is a place where the mountains meet the ocean.

Maybe it’s because California is full of trendsetters. Our dog Roxy may want to grow out her “do” like this fella in Malibu.

Maybe it’s because we share the same sense of humor.

Maybe it’s because there are so many little courtyards filled with gardens off the beaten path. This one is complete with a coop and chickens! One is checking me out. Do you see him?

Maybe it’s because the vegetation is so exotic.

Maybe it’s because of the ease in which new friendships can be made.

At Lucky’s in Montecito with Leeza, Jim, and Linda.

Maybe it’s because I am sharing these adventures with my best friend.

Have you ever felt a connection to a place while on vacation?

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  1. Awesome photo essay, Susie. My favorite is that last picture of you and your hubby! Yes, I feel that connection when I go to Hawaii. I love it there! Aloha!


  2. Gorgeous photos! I, too, love California, though I don’t feel like it’s the place I’m supposed to be (darn it!). The connection I feel the strongest is for the southern part of England. The weather there is not like California, sadly, but I still feel the pull on my heart strings there. Do all people feel a connection to a particular place, I wonder?


    1. I wonder too! I feel the deepest connection to Colorado, but of all the places we’ve visited, I can always go back to California. I haven’t been to southern England. I bet it is beautiful!
      Thanks Mary!


  3. My vacation took four years courtesy of Uncle Sam. I saw the South, Japan, the Midwest and Cali. I was up north in Sacremento. I liked it, but the only complaint I have is the ocean is on the wrong side. When you face North the ocean should be on your right.


    1. Hahaha! That is funny Tom. I guess it must be the opposite side of the country from you. 🙂
      I guess when they say join up and see the world, they aren’t kidding! Thanks for your service!


  4. Welcome to Cali! Your pictures are so nice, I love them. I am so, SO bummed I won’t get to meet you on your stop in Santa Monica. Thanks for making my state look so good in pics, Susie. Enjoy your vacation!


  5. i feel that connection in disney. no, really. making plans now to go back in january. lately i’ve only been going once a year, but now i want to go twice a year. also, the two times i was in the caribbean, i felt connected, and it wasn’t just the rum. i’m going back there in about three weeks.


  6. I loved living in New Orleans. Living there was like falling in love. I knew I belonged there. She was moody. She was dark and light. She was music and noise. She was broken down and beautiful. She was magnolia and sweat. NOLA is still my favorite place in the world. I would pick up and move back tomorrow.


  7. *sigh* One of the places I would love to see, but am unlikely to. Ever since ‘California here I come, Right back where I started frum,’ I have fancied the state. Your pix intensify that.


  8. Beautiful post Susie! And yes, I’ve always felt a connection with London the times I’ve been there, like a strange deja vu, as if I’ve lived there before, in a previous life, it’s hard to explain.


    1. How cool is that??? I have only been to London for a few short hours and would love to go back to really explore!
      Thanks M!


  9. Fantastic! So glad you like California … where the mountains meet the ocean. LOVE that you love my little neck of the woods. And it is always better when you’re with your best friend. If you’re still here for the weekend and by the beach you could probably check out my little triathlon in Pacific Palisades 🙂 Enjoy the California sunshine. 🙂


      1. Colorado vs. SC Duuuuuuuuuuude how awesome is that! Seeing your team in another state. Happy Tailgating 🙂 I know you’re a Colorado girl but as always I’ll be rooting for the Trojans. I’ll be thinking of you. I didn’t get tickets because I have the kids all day Saturday and my one year-old is only a fan of tailgating, not so much the game I know … I’ve tried. 🙂 I’ll send you an email and see if you can squeeze me in on your itinerary. Enjoy the heat today…102


    1. I have always loved visiting here! Love “the scene” and the scenery! I would miss the change of seasons, but it is my favorite vacationing spot! We were laughing that it takes 2 hours to get to Breckenridge by car and 2 hours to get to LA by plane! How fantastic is that!
      Can’t wait to see you too!


  10. Welcome to my home state, Susie! I hope you enjoy your stay.

    My husband and I both felt an instant connection to Nashville and pretty much everywhere in North Carolina. Not sure why, but we both fell in love with those 2 states. Some day we’re going to relocate from California but we’re not sure where yet.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


    1. Cool! It is amazing how we can “feel” it. I love that we are only 2 hours away by plane and can be somewhere so completely different!
      I haven’t been to Nashville, but it is on my list!
      Thanks Patricia!


  11. I visited California in 1998 with my wife and son (who was then almost 3 years old – he’s now 17) . It was brilliant – we stayed in LA and San Diego. It’s one of the places we really want to come back to. Soon I hope! When you think of places in the world that are definitely up there for living in, California is very high up on the list.


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