California Dreaming

Submitted by ub on Sat, 03/25/2023 - 17:25

My wife and I can't wait to see Olivia and Parker, the youngest grandkids we have dearly missed during the troublesome pandemic.

I am a proud grandpa with two healthy arms to hug each one, and I know that embracing them is not enough.

Known for stunning beaches, theme parks, and Hollywood, Southern California holds the best of America's third-largest state. Also known as SoCal, it is home to the state's most populous city: Los Angeles. However, it often overshadows underrated towns in California. Southern California is more than over-crowded theme parks, beaches, and celebrities. Nature, sport, art, and recreation abound outside SoCal's highly-rated hubs.

Parker lives in the suburbs with beautiful landscapes, ample open space, and access to nature. Visitors enjoy hiking in Placerita Canyon, California's original gold discovery site. It is also known as the home of the Six-Flags Magic Mountain roller coaster. The theme park attracts adrenaline junkies from all over the world. It is along the Santa Clara river and a short drive northwest for those looking to swap Hollywood's noise for some peace.

Then there is Olivia living nearby the southwestern part of the Valley, another slice of Los Angeles County miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. 

Known as the world's media region, it is the place for lights, cameras, and entertainment!

Multiple film production companies operate throughout the area. The downtown area is montage-worthy, with trendy street murals, eateries, and one-of-a-kind boutiques for shopping.