It’s been nine years and it’s still hard for me to believe that it’s been that long since I traded the cold winters of Northern New Jersey for the sunny seasons of Southern California.
It really doesn’t feel like it has been that long, and believe it or not, there are still times when I feel like I just got here. I recently made my way back to New Jersey, and I got the chance to spend a few days around my old stomping grounds and even spent some time in New York City.
After four days in my home state and a quick trip to NYC, it reminded me of all the places I neglected to explore back when I was living there. I went from living in one of the smallest states in the U.S. to one of the largest. The short time I spent in NYC made me realized how much of the city I left unexplored, and with California being such a huge state, I guess that’s probably part of the reason why I feel like I just got here.
That was three months ago…
In the nine years that I’ve been in SoCal, I feel like I’ve seen a fair amount. I’ve played tourist all Hollywood and Downtown LA, relaxed with style in Palm Springs, went wine tasting in a castle in Napa Valley, walked a cell in Alcatraz, toured a few breweries in San Diego, revived my inner child at Disneyland, unplugged and camped out for the first time, and in the blink of an eye let loose and enjoy the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more to explore, and I feel like I’m just getting started.