I hear you! Move to San Francisco - even better outdoorsy stuff than L.A. - and easy flights back east, which is really only a great place to visit. Say what they want about California, we have the best land forms—desert, mountains, foothills, wetlands, ocean, open space preserves, the highest, lowest pts in Lower 48, and even great in-between eccentric places. Don't spread that around though . . .

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