Greetings from Santa Ana! It may sound like I’m far away from home, but it’s actually just under two hours drive from San Diego. Roan and I are staying here from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday evening since he’s attending a 2-day training/seminar in the South Coast area. I decided to join Roan on this trip to get a chance to explore around the city while he does what he came here for.
Did you know that Laguna Beach refers to itself as an “art colony”? In fact, if you’re driving towards the Coast Highway, you will find a series of art galleries along Laguna Canyon Road on either side. Roan and I didn’t have the chance to go to one until we were done exploring the beach side of the city. We hopped on a red trolley, and decided we’d check out one of the on-going art festivals.
In almost every tourist spot one goes, it’s expected that finding a decent parking spot is going to be an issue. Good thing we got there early, so we were able to find a decent spot, albeit paid parking, then just rode the Laguna Beach Trolley for free! I think Roan loved it more than I did since he didn’t have to worry about directions and parking spaces; we just simply enjoyed the ride.
Perhaps most of you think that California is just about palm trees, scenic beaches, and year-round summer weather. While all three are true, I would say that each city in California has its significant charm and interesting history. I’ve only been around here in the US for six months, but in spite of having travelled to Palm Springs, San Francisco, and other parts of San Diego, I know I have yet to see the whole of California. I seriously don’t think I can go around all of the cities in just one go, but it’s a ‘good’ problem I don’t really mind having.