Lake Isabella, CA

California is different.

Maybe it’s just me, but as a born-and-raised Virginian, there’s just something wide and exotic about California upon entrance, and it remains to be unique even when you’re in a nothing town driving along to an unknown lake.

One year for spring break, I made a there-and-back-again trip across the country with one of my college friends–from central Virginia to the Santa Barbara coasts of Cali, then back–all in the span of ten days. It stands today as one of my most memorable road trips, as we coasted through several states for my first time: Tennessee, Arkansas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California.

California (also New Mexico and Arizona, not gonna lie…) is one I absolutely must return to. I barely scratched the surface of 163,696 square miles and there are far too many adventures to be had to not go back one day.

Lake Isabella is one of the many sights we saw while in the golden state, and it’s one of the place’s best kept secrets. In March, the water is still cold and the sun is still hot. The lake reservoirs offer fishing, boating, water sports, camping, and picnicking. It’s a popular vacation spot, and only about a three hour drive from Los Angeles. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “The lake is one of the state’s most popular windsurfing areas; reliable afternoon winds, from 35-50 miles an hour, create ideal conditions for intermediate to advanced windsurfers.”

So, tip of today’s post?

  • Go to California
  • Go with a California local so they can show you the good stuff
  • Take pictures 

That’s basically all you need for now.


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