Showcasing the Golden State
One of the AR contests for the month is a 'Showcase your state' contest, with a challenge to showcase your state in one picture. That is a tough challenge for such a large state! California truly has it all. The term 'something for everyone' must have been coined describing life here, and though I've lived here only a short while, there is more than I could ask for here in California.
As an east coast transplant, I know many people from other places think of California and instantly think Hollywood, celebrities, and materialism unseen in much of the country - what most people don't know is that this is a very small part of our state (and while some love it, it may be my least favorite part of the state - taxes notwithstanding).
If you're into art & entertainment, we have cities that offer everything you can imagine, from fine arts to music, attractions and architecture to fine food, art & entertainment abound in California.
History buff? There's plenty of that as well - there are still remnants from the gold rush throughout the mountains in California, and in some areas, people still pan for gold (and find it!) today. 3 US Presidents called California home, do you know which ones?
Outdoorsy type? There's no better place to live - with huge, gorgeous mountain landscapes just a short drive from beautitul (and some famous) beaches, California has a climate for everyone. In fact, in just one day's hiking you can start standing next to a cactus in the desert & end atop a snow-capped mountain. We also have a little, somewhat well known outdoor attraction known as the Pacific Ocean.
Sporting events are also found all over the state - California has 5 professional baseball teams, 4 pro basketball teams, 3 NFL teams, and 3 pro hockey teams. From San Francisco to San Diego, there's a game going on somewhere nearby.
Another little known fact to outsiders like myself is that California is actually pretty affordable. Sure, there are some oceanside towns & downtown properties out of reach for the average American, but not far off the beach or outside of the city there are many towns that provide affordable living & the wonderful California lifestyle.
I've yet to explore Central & Northern California, so I can't shed too much light on all the state has to offer, but I know some fellow activerainers will provide more than ample info on plenty of other reasons California is a real gem of a place to call home. The picture below sums up what I like most about California, the natural beauty - taken from the mountains outside of San Diego, you can see the ocean, but as is sometimes the case here, it's hard to tell where the sky ends & the ocean begins!