Such is life in Southern California.
Last week I was in San Diego for the national conference of Romance Writer’s of America. From my hotel window I had a spectacular view of the Coronado Bridge over the bay. I enjoyed the sunsets, listened to evening concerts from a nearby outdoor amphitheater and watched fireworks over the water.
That’s also life in Southern California.
I love the diversity of my state. Soon I hope to have a home in the pines next to Yosemite but right now, I live in the high desert, the central location for aeronautics testing. Think Chuck Yeager and the sound barrier, the dry lake where the space shuttle landed and rocket engine-testing for the Gemini program. Rusted metal stands stand climb to the sky in mute testimony to the closed space program. The stands were built on the side of a mountain and the rocket engines were attached for testing. Once they fired, soaring temperatures melted the rock, leaving behind slides of sheer rock on the cliffs.
When we first moved here, the area surrounding the base was full of green fields. Onions and alfalfa. Now the fields are full of solar panels and wind turbine farms. It’s been interesting to live close by, to watch these changes and technological advances. So interesting I wrote a romantic suspense about spies and a desperate race across the desert. It’s not released yet so I’m not allowed to talk about it, but this entirely possible, exciting adventure will be in included in an upcoming release.
I also live forty-five minutes from downtown Hollywood. I’ve spent many happy afternoons visiting TLC’s Chinese Theater (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), the Hollywood Walk of Stars, and of course, the Hollywood sign. These iconic locations framed the backdrop of another sweet, recently completed love story called Falling Stars.
I love to travel. That’s why my blog is all about different places. After sixteen books, I finally wrote two books about my own backyard. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed writing about the diversity of Southern California.