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I recently spent the weekend in sunny Southern California to drive the Hyundai Santa Fe. I never realized how gorgeous Southern California is away from the beaches. Of course, the beaches are fabulous. The ocean, as always, is simply stunning. I mean, just look at this view. I was staying at the Hotel del Coronado and with views like this I was completely spoiled. I think I could stay here for a very long time.

Coming from frozen northern Michigan where everything is still under a heavy blanket of snow I was thrilled to see spring flowers in bloom. These cherry blossoms are so very pretty.  I am really looking forward to spring in Michigan.

Our group stopped at the Julian Cafe in Julian, CA for lunch. It is a cute little restaurant with outside seating which is where we dined. The pie is so good!!

The town was a really cute western style town just a couple blocks long. Also, I saw Alpaca on the street corner. This is not something I see every day at home.

Driving through the beautiful countryside was a real treat.  I will probably share a few of images I took. None of them really seem to do it justice. It was rugged and had a stark kind of beauty. Lots of muted colors with just a few bursts of colorful flowers along the drive.

If you ever have the opportunity I really recommend taking the scenic route from San Diego, CA to Julian, CA.  I am already plotting and planning a return trip to the area so that I can explore it longer. 2 days was simply not enough time to discover all that southern California has to offer.

Thank you for reading this article. These were my thoughts and now I am eager to read yours! Have you been to southern California? What is your favorite spot?