Oh, California

As I'm gearing up to go on my trip to Peru next week (!!!!!), I'm missing my usual trip to California.  I was born and raised in San Diego, so we typically go back every year or so to visit family and our home sweet home.  I love living in the D.C. area and anybody will tell you that I have a heart for traveling, but California is my home, and I am never as blissfully complete as when I am there.  There's something in the air, there, I'm tellin' ya.  I'm enamored with so much of it: the culture, the diversity, how unique and wonderful all of the different parts of the state are, the beaches (duh), the food (double duh), the weather, the lifestyle.  I hope that I can follow my heart around the world, wherever it ends up taking me, but my goal is to end up back on the west coast.  Here are some of my favorite shots from last year's trip:

Did you know that L. Frank Baum wrote some of the Wizard of Oz books in Coronado?  Rumor has it he designed the castle in Oz after the Hotel Del.  He actually helped design these chandeliers!  Walking through the island, we noticed Wizard of Oz books and memorabilia popping up everywhere like little Disney easter eggs.

Did you know that L. Frank Baum wrote some of the Wizard of Oz books in Coronado?  Rumor has it he designed the castle in Oz after the Hotel Del.  He actually helped design these chandeliers!  Walking through the island, we noticed Wizard of Oz books and memorabilia popping up everywhere like little Disney easter eggs.

I couldn't help it, they were so cute just snackin' away.  Hope to be somewhere like this with my future hubs someday!

I couldn't help it, they were so cute just snackin' away.  Hope to be somewhere like this with my future hubs someday!

Hot tip - the gourmet food trucks in San Diego are AMAZING.

Hot tip - the gourmet food trucks in San Diego are AMAZING.

Even driving through the state is magical.

Even driving through the state is magical.

The Riddler on his way to Comic Con.

The Riddler on his way to Comic Con.

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We went to the coolest little aviary in Del Mar.  There are so many birds out there who are homeless or mistreated and nobody even knows it!  People need to put an end to the bird breeding business.  As you can see with this little guy here, when a bird is bored/neglected, abused, mistreated, stressed, etc., it will begin to pull its feathers out.  The bird can't stop this habit after it begins, and the feathers don't grow back.  Some of the birds in the aviary had sweaters on them to keep them from getting chilly - so sweet and so sad.  If you ever think about getting a bird, do extensive research.  Buying hatchlings perpetuates this harmful industry!  Don't commit to something that may not be fitting for you or your family, or that may be too much for you to handle.  So many of these birds have long lifespans (cockatoos in captivity live 40 to 60 years) and get passed from owner to owner.  This can be so stressful!  Please, be mindful before adopting a pet because you think it's pretty, entertaining, or cool.

We went to the coolest little aviary in Del Mar.  There are so many birds out there who are homeless or mistreated and nobody even knows it!  People need to put an end to the bird breeding business.  As you can see with this little guy here, when a bird is bored/neglected, abused, mistreated, stressed, etc., it will begin to pull its feathers out.  The bird can't stop this habit after it begins, and the feathers don't grow back.  Some of the birds in the aviary had sweaters on them to keep them from getting chilly - so sweet and so sad.  If you ever think about getting a bird, do extensive research.  Buying hatchlings perpetuates this harmful industry!  Don't commit to something that may not be fitting for you or your family, or that may be too much for you to handle.  So many of these birds have long lifespans (cockatoos in captivity live 40 to 60 years) and get passed from owner to owner.  This can be so stressful!  Please, be mindful before adopting a pet because you think it's pretty, entertaining, or cool.

Sleeping on duty.

Sleeping on duty.