California is one of my favorite weekending destinations. One of my closest friends in the world lives in the Bay Area. It's a short, inexpensive plane ride from Seattle. Cali is vastly, endlessly beautiful with hundreds of worth-it sightseeing spots. When I was there in April, there was a good bit of road-tripping and I had the chance to explore Monterey and Santa Cruz. I wasn't there very long, but Santa Cruz really stood out to me and has been a big, surprising inspiration to me creatively. In addition to the gorgeous beaches, adorable bungalows and straight-out-of-another-era boardwalk amusement park, Santa Cruz is all the bright colors and relaxation you imagine when you think of California. Almost the minute I got home from the trip, I created a Santa Cruz Pinterest board (sorry everyone, it's secret for now) to track ideas for a novella I'm thinking about.
What places have you visited that brought you random inspiration?