Living in Oceanside, CA – December 2017

At long last, after two solid years of wandering around North America, Marylu and I are going to be staying put for a while.  We found a place that has everything we want and need and the climate is great year round.  Our little piece of heaven is in the outskirts of Oceanside, California.

Looking to the West, the ocean peeks over the foothills.
Looking to the East, the Coastal Mountains loom over the steep canyons and valleys

Having spent most of my life so far in Minnesota, it still looks like a foreign land here.  Minnesota has wide vistas of flat plains and gently rolling hills.  The Southern California coast is a land fringed with steep, sculpted mountains and valleys.  There are certain trees that thrive in Minnesota; the pines, maples, birches, and oaks.  Around here, there are so many trees and plants I have never seen before, I don’t know where to begin.

This is not one of those terrible Snowbird letters about “it is so nice and warm here”, compared to your winter.  Rather, I am marveling at the diversity of nature to be found in Southern Californian December.  Here are some photos from our neighborhood.

This is a new world for Marylu and I and we are still settling in.  Or not.  Our lease is up in June and we have not yet decided whether to stay or keep roaming.  We’ll let you know.  Until the next time, we hope everyone has a great Christmas and a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.

Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All, from California

Marylu and Alan


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We are two recent retirees who decided to sell the house, pull up stakes, and explore North America. We are both being tourists and looking for the right blend of people, place, and geography that makes for the perfect place to retire.

8 thoughts on “Living in Oceanside, CA – December 2017”

    1. Happy Holidays to you and yours, Rita. According to the meteorologists, this is a Mediterranean climate. And for us, it has the bonus of being (mostly) English speaking. Stay healthy, keep warm.

      Alan & Marylu



    1. Happy Holidays to you and Larry too! We may be nesting in California right now, but there may be future adventures in store. Portugal and Spain are still calling and, one day, we may ask for your expert advice.

      Alan & Marylu



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