Opinion

Travel Tuesday #1 – My Hometown of San Clemente

I have travelled to a few states in the United States and out of the country to places like Germany, France and Belgium. But by far, my hometown is my favorite place of all. I know everyone usually loves their hometown but I’ve made a list of the reason why I love San Clemente so much. 

  1. I can’t get over how beautiful the sunset at the pier is. It is breathtaking and my go to place to relax and think. 
  2. The different types of scenery all within such a small town. Mountain trails, sand caves, the beach. 
  3. All the city utility boxes are covered in colorful artwork. Makes them a small attraction. 
  4. The military base is close by so we always have military members around town. San Clemente has even adopted a unit within the United States Marine Corps and we have a statue and the flag always waving. 
  5. We have some historic buildings that are breathtaking and the main site to weddings. One main one would be Casa Romantica. 
  6. San Clemente is still a small town and everyone knows everyone here. But we are close to some bigger towns like Mission Viejo and Irvine. 
  7. We are home to the famous Rainbow Sandals. Which means everyone here wears them 😋
  8. The weather is amazing. Hottest summer days are in the 80’s and the coldest winter days are low 50’s. So we are lucky to not be too cold or too hot. ☀️
  9. The whole town is pretty safe. No matter what time of day it is or what part of town I’m in, I feel safe. Many people have lived here for a long time and protect that peacefulness of San Clemente. 
  10. It is my hometown and where I grew up. I can still go to all the places I hung out with my friends growing up and find my name on the wood bench. I run into people I’ve known since elementary school and now we have our own kids growing up together. I will forever love San Clemente – my vacation spot, my sanctuary, my home.

Opinion

13 Signs You Grew Up In South Orange County

Orange County is a wonderful place to grow up. With weather that is good all year long to beautiful sites to see, it is a georgeous place to live or even visit. 

  1. Acaį bowls are a big part of your diet. And when summer time comes, you call ahead to beat the line. 
  2. When you were a kid, you did Junior Lifeguards cuz your parents were scared of you drowning
  3. Rain creates a range of mixed emotions. Excitement at something new, shock due to the rarity, or panic at the thought of the traffic due to paranoid drivers. I’m guilty of posting about it on my social media 🌧
  4. You know all the best Mexican food places around town and know all the taco Tuesday deals. 
  5. When you wanted to escape for the weekend or go on a vacation, the choices included: LA, San Diego, Palm Springs and Big Bear. If you were daring or want to really get away, you made the long drive to Arizona to go hiking. 
  6. You keep in touch with all your middle school and high school friends because you still come home on college break or you’ve moved back to live. 
  7. Anything past Irvine doesn’t count as Orange County to you. Irvine Spectrum is about as far as you’ll go. Riverside is forbidden territory and just the thought makes you cringe. 
  8. Your family has taken the photo for a holiday card at the beach in white shirts. 
  9. You tan during non summer months to keep your tan up. Nobody likes losing their tan. 
  10. It’s frustrating when people think all of California is the same. There is a huge difference between NorCal and SoCal! Trust me!
  11. Guys are allowed to have long hair without it being unusual. All the surfers and skateboarders have long hair. 
  12. There is a particular lingo many use to describe things down here. “Dank”, “chill”, “rad”, and “gnarly”. 
  13. And The Real OC was nothing like living in the OC. Some of the stereotypes are true but you’d never say that. 

Let me know if I missed any or if you think these hold true. Just comment below! 😊