Although I was born n riz in Silly Cone Valley, I've lived in Alaska 2/3 of my life. However there are still a lot of lovely places in California....it's not all L.A., contrary to Hollywood. My last major road trip in California was doing the entire Highway 1 with a Ten Tec Argonaut in our Ford Topaz, back in around 1990. I forgot how LONG Highway 1 was....so if you plan on traversing California QUICKLY that's not the way to do it....but you should do it at least once....and do it with an HF rig, since you have the whole Pacific Ocean aiding and abetting your sigganulls. There are STILL huge tracts of farmland in central California, too, and once you get 100 miles north of San Francisco, there's still a lot of genuine wilderness. California is BIG....not as big as Alaska, of course, but there are still a lot of largely unexplored nooks and crannies. I do plan on doing a drive there in the not too distant future...possibly after Dayton. Just so's y'all know.