A scene from the beach – Monterrey, CA
It’s been about 5 years since I set foot in California, or as it is affectionately called: The Land of Fruits and Nuts. 😉 The last time that I was there it was dual purpose. To be on vacation and to meet Monterrey John, a fellow blogger who is now deceased. I have fond memories of that trip.

On July 18th, I head west again; this time much further south, Las Angeles – The city of Angles. This time, for the express purpose of visiting with one Anita Jesse. 😀 – In looking back at my stats, I see that Anita’s first post was on 12/07/2007. Since that time, she’s posted comments nearly 500 times!

This will be more of an adventure as I will be out there for a week, with only part of the trip planned. The rest, I plan to ‘wing it’. I see that she is within a few hours of both Sequoia National Park as well as Yosemite! Well, a few hours being 3 and 5, respectively. In pricing hotels in those areas, I see that I might have to stay at least and hour or more away from them due to the prices being around $175/night up to $650/night if you want to stay at a posh resort inside of Yosemite.
Looking over the San Francisco Bay

However, I may not even go in that direction, staying instead near the less traveled path and discovering some things not on the tourist brochure. Anita has assured me that she and her husband can provide me with hundreds of recommendations. Yikes! 😉

I’m pretty excited. I’ve wanted to meet her for a while, now I finally get the chance! Yippee! Of course, you know I’ll let you know how it goes. Stay tuned.

Shamelessly stealing from Andreas, the song of the day is: LL Cool J – Going Back To Cali:

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