I miss the trees. I miss the forest. I miss green grass. I've been living in Central Texas off and on for over 5 years now and it's just not the same here as where I grew up in Illinois. The trees don't get very tall and many of them are more like angry little shrubs than they are my beloved peaceful, shade-giving giants. The hiking trails here are filled with rocks; you'd be a fool to run them barefoot. Once, a friend and I were walking.. she was in flipflops. She felt a sudden sting in the middle of her foot. Turns out, the grass we were walking on went through her flipflop.
The Central Texas environment is unforgiving.
I was out in the San Diego area in early 2012. While greener than Austin, it's still not what I'm looking for.
I've been to Northern California once. When I was younger, my dad and I drove up Route 1 from the bottom of California up into the redwoods at Humboldt State Park. I remember it being pretty nice. I'm worried a bit about the light levels. One reason I love Austin so much is how much sunlight we get. Clouds and.. weather of any sort.. are a rare experience down here. The heat is also part of the reason I left Illinois and I'm worried I'll lose that too.
1 City 1 Month
The plan right now is to stay in each city for one month at a time. During the first few cities of my trip it will be less time than this, but once I get to the Los Angeles area and north of there, I will try and stay in places for about a month.
I say 1 city 1 month, but it's probably more like 1 city 2-3 months. 1city1month sounds better though ;)
I've traveled to places for hours at a time to a few months at a time. I've found that I really enjoy getting to learn about what real local culture is like. If you only stay in a place for a day or two, you probably only experience a few local people and maybe a few local places. More likely, you'll hit the major tourist spots and move on. I'm going to try to get to know every place that I go.