It was as if I drove through Austria's Sound of Music and Washington State's lush landscape earning its nickname Evergreen but this green landscape didn't require a plane ticket. Nor did it take careful planning.
I simply drove up the 101 and discovered a California born anew thanks to heavy rains after California's long drought, which left me feeling lucky that I didn't need to leave California to experience green riches and clean air.
The Pacific Ocean was drenched in light. Diamonds danced on its velvety azure, while hawks spread wings overhead eyeing prey, and I pleasantly rolled up the 101 in my 1997 Lexus (yes, it still runs well), driving from Los Angeles toward San Luis Obispo, the newly crowned happiest place in America... green riches to my left, front, and future.
Yes, I perked up.
I think it was that innate human sense to jump toward ones environment. Match it for better or worse, richer or poorer.
And in the case of driving a fantastic stretch--Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo--I rose to meet vibrant green hills!
Nourishing and life affirming nature!
Fresh air and blue skies!
And I took a roadstop to walk and heed a Blue Jay's call.
San Luis Obispo turned out to more beautiful than I imagined with green rolling hills, manicured vineyards, and quaint facades reminiscent of a Leave it To Beaver wholesomeness a'la an eco-conscious and trendy vibe, without pretentiousness.
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