"That from a resident of Los Angeles.
All the places he mentioned are HOURS away from LA, in bumper to bumper traffic."
I don't do the bumper to bumper thing. It's called lane splitting. I just got back from Yosemite Natl Park at 80 mph.
Sounds like you were always following the crowd. I usually am going the other way. On a wide open road.
It's here. You just got to know how to find it. And access it. Oh, yeah, and pay for it.
Yes, there are definitely two Californias side by side. Or all rolled into one. Sort of like 'parallel universes'.
(Actually 3, don't forget Baja California, which is also two parts. We are in Alta California)