A Southern Girl in a Strange Land (Parts 1 and 2: Orange County)

The illustrated story of a young writer’s move from North Carolina to California. Continue reading A Southern Girl in a Strange Land (Parts 1 and 2: Orange County)

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Whiplash

“California is a place in which a boom mentality and a sense of Chekhovian loss meet in uneasy suspension; in which the mind is troubled by some buried but ineradicable suspicion that things better work here, because here, beneath the immense bleached sky, is where we run out of continent.”   -Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem When the Sierra Nevada vacation ended, I ran out of … Continue reading Whiplash

Oh, Tahoe! Part 2: California

I looped around the rest of Lake Tahoe to the northwest corner, where I found the adorably quaint, historic mountain town of Truckee, CA. In contrast to South Lake Tahoe’s strip of glittering casinos, Truckee’s Main Street is characterized by its boutique shops and artisanship. Here, even the Taco Bell is housed in rustic stones, bricks, and flowers. I grabbed my backpack and started down what looked more … Continue reading Oh, Tahoe! Part 2: California