As a person who has been transplanted from the San Francisco Bay area of California to the Tampa Bay area of Florida there are things I miss about California; the culture, the progressive restaurants (many of which have a great selection of gluten free recipes available) and the divergence of locals all in easy reach of one another.
In fourty-five minutes I could be one of the most beautiful cities in the world or, driving the same amount of time in the opposite direction, in a quaint, hippy collage town on the beach. In half that time I could be hiking in the hills. In about 4 hours I could be in Lake Tahoe; water sports and gaming in the summer, skiing (and gaming) in the winter. I was surrounded by Silicon Valley with its high energy, high tech, big business feel but a short car ride ended me up in