Well we’re movin on up, to the east side- literally. Devin and I have been offered the opportunity to help our company expand it’s operation to the East Coast; which means we will be packing our bags and heading to New York/ New Jersey.
Ever since the first time I visited New York I knew I would want to someday live there, if only for a few years. California will always be my home; I’m a laid back beach bum at heart, but something about high rises, subways, and corporate America has always turned me on. It may sound crazy but I love hearing all the noise of the big city (honking horns and all); it reminds me of growing up in a house with three siblings- never a quite moment (and if you know my family, you know what I am talking about- we are loud!) And while I look forward to all the new adventures in store for Devin and I, there is still so much left to do in California.
We have four months before the big move and within that time I have to knock off everything that I’ve been wanting/meaning to do, as it will be several years until I am back on a permanent basis. I just can’t be asked about “cool things” to do in California from some New Yorker and answer back- “well I never did it”. My goal is to cross off as many things as I can within the next four months…. and I’ll be sure to write all about them
My California Bucket List:
- Snowboard and go to the beach within the same day
I distinctly remember on a work trip to Connecticut arguing with a couple in the bar that California was way better than Boston because you could snowboard and go to the beach within the same day (a perfect weather beach at that). And they agreed because where else in the world can you do that- I still never have, but for argument’s sake I need to.
- Ride my first wave, after all I do live in “Surf City USA”
- Go beach camping one last time (I don’t care where- Carlsbad, Leo Carrillo, Pismo… I love them all)
- Go to Blacks Beach in San Diego tanning all the areas where the sun normally doesn’t shine (it’s a nude beach)
- See/feed the animals at the Wild Animal Park up close and personal, aka “San Diego Zoo Safari Park” (what a lame re-name), after all it is where Devin made our relationship official
- Go to Yosemite and take Ansel Adams style pics- of course mine would be way better
I have been to Yosemite once before, on a crazy family vacation when I was 11. All six of us piled into my dad’s truck, which only seats six, and spent three weeks of the precious summer touring California Ghost Towns, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Reno Nevada. Oh and did I mention my brother was three years old sitting in his car-seat screaming the whole entire way. To say we bonded as a family is a complete understatement- it was torture! Needless to say I didn’t really look at Yosemite with all the amazement it deserves- come on I was 11 and actually had friends to hang out with. So now I would like to go back, really admire it, and put Ansel to shame!
- Wine taste in Napa/Sonoma, Paso Robles, and Temecula Valleys
- Hike to the Hollywood sign, to see it up close and personal
- Ride the ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier and walk the Venice Beach Boardwalk
- Shop on Rodeo Drive… and maybe even buy something
- Go clubbing in LA
- Go to California Adventure- Disneyland… I’ve been there done that
There are probably others that are missing from my list, but these coupled with the things that I have already done should give me a good base. Once everything is checked off my list I will be a California expert, and will never have to answer “I never tried it”. It will be a busy four months, but in the end so worth it!