Jenise wrote:not much to do in these parts [heaviest of sighs].
Gotcha. That two years I spent in Bakersfield (Taft, actually--triple UGH) was the longest decade of my life. And so how come you to be there, may I ask?
Well...the short story is I needed to find a teaching job. They were closing high schools in Orange County so I dusted off my resume and headed to all points North. The San Joaquin Valley is/was a growing area and I got hired.
My wife and I figured we'd stay here for a couple years then move on....that was 24 years ago. It's a good place to raise kids and the Sierra Nevada Mountains are just right there [we are a hiking, camping, skiing family] so we stuck around. When the air is clear [which is more and more rare these days] we have an expansive view of the Sierras from pretty much anywhere in town.
But guess what? Not two weeks after I had signed my contract, I got a letter from Santa Cruz HS to come work for them. Oh well...wasn't meant to be, I suppose.
The good news is San Francisco is 4 hours to the North, the Central Coast Wine Region is 2 hours to the West, OC/LaLa Land is 3 1/2 hours to the South and most ski areas are 2-4 hours to the East and Northeast. So, we manage