call to place: california in 2014 & 2015

California was calling my name.  It was January of 2014, and I wanted to get away from the cold winter weather.  I also wanted to visit my sister Stephanie and my blogging friend Rosie in Los Angeles, as well as my dearest friend Jayne in San Francisco.

In July of 2015, I wanted to stop in California to visit my sister on my way home from teaching for a year in China.  We planned to visit the Channel Islands during my time there. I would also visit my blogging friend Rosie and we’d go to Joshua Tree National Park together.

I had been to California several times in the distant past.  I went on a 3-month road trip in 1979 with my first husband, Bill. That time, we visited Redwood National Forest, Crescent City, Death Valley and Yosemite.

Since Bill and I lived in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for four years, from 1980-1984, we took another trip to San Francisco in the early 1980s, probably 1983.

In 2014, I would get to visit my sister and some good friends, and see some places I hadn’t seen on my first couple of trips.

In 2015, I’d also visit Stephanie and Rosie, and see a few more places.


Anacapa Island


Joshua Tree National Park


Joshua Tree National Park


Joshua Tree National Park

I would be in California from January 3-13, 2014 and again from July 15-20, 2015.