California is so friggin’ scenic

As I write this, I’m rocking out to Fun.’s “Some Nights” and “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes. Those two songs have become the soundtrack to my trip home and the epic time we’ve been having with our friends. The latter was playing while we were folding pinwheels and making bouquets out of succulents. And the bride and I grabbed each other and belted out “Home, home is whenever I’m with you” as we danced in celebration of their union and our reunion.

I’m going to remember that forever.

Toby & I drove down the coast route, the Pacific Coast Highway, our favorite way to get from Santa Barbara to L.A.

We had the top down on the convertible. The ocean was candescent with greens and blues. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky.


I asked Toby what top three qualities he appreciated most in people. He said an adventurous spirit or drive, self-sufficiency, and being unpretentious about who you are is what he valued most.

My top three are: loyalty, compassion, and an approach to life with a healthy sense of humor.

What are your top three?

Travel has expanded my definition of home. It’s not one place or one scene or one idea. But it’s a large, beautiful home. And my heart overflows.


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9 thoughts on “California is so friggin’ scenic

  1. I LOVE this post! What you said is so poignant true. "Home" is big, beautiful, and it can have anything and everything that is dear to us. I think it's that thought that gives the traveler courage to continue on adventures :)

  2. I love that Pacific Coast Highway drive!

    I value people who don't pretend to be perfect and have it all together. The ability to admit weaknesses and laugh at oneself is critical for me. I also value honesty and compassion.

  3. Love the view! And that is one of my fave songs, too. So fun to listen to.

    ok top 3

    1. Compassion (for yourself as well as others)

    2. Ambition (ambition that goes hand in hand with compassion though, not the step on & over type of ambition)

    3. Loyalty

    4. Outside of the box thinkers… ok yes I know you said 3, but there is something to be said for people that know how to look outside of the box or even past their negative upbringing. Does that make sense?

  4. That song — home — it's so enchanting and so raw feeling. Totally set the mood for your post.

    Ok, my top three:



    Easy smile

  5. Ohhh…..!!! Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible is TOTALLY on my bucket list!!!

    Glad you're having such a great time.