Brea, CA

Brea Oil FieldsThe city of Brea started as a village for oil field workers, at the peak of the Black Gold (petrol) rush, but when the oil boom became the oil bust, Brea became a citrus producer with orange and lemon fields instead of drilling fields.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the first significant oil well in California, the Pico No. 4, was discovered in 1876, long before the boom in Brea? This discovery marked the beginning of California's oil industry, which would later lead to the development of towns like Brea.

The transition from oil fields to citrus orchards in Brea is a classic example of how communities evolve with changing economic landscapes. The citrus industry played a significant role in Brea's economy until the mid-20th century.

You can still see some oil drills on the hills above Brea, but they are dwindling. 

Anaheim, California

Disneyland - ready for HalloweenPeople usually flock to Anaheim to visit the Disney Resort,  with amusement parks, shopping, restaurants, and hotels.
But Anaheim has much more to offer like parks, hiking trails, entertainment, ethnic food from around the world, flight simulators, spectator sports, golf, and tennis.

I live in Anaheim and experienced it all. So here is a guide to some of my favorite places in and around Anaheim.

At the end of this page, read a brief history of Anaheim.

California Travel

Yosemite National Park - The Mist Trail - Vernal FallsCalifornia is the most populous state in the USA with close to 40 million residents, but outside of major urban areas, you can find large areas of pristine nature and lots of adventure to be had.

My home state is also a magnet attracting new residents and millions of visitors every year. The mild climate year-round, long sandy beaches, and snow-covered mountains make it an ideal place to live and work (mostly).

The one thing that repels some people away from California is the traffic. It is unbearable in the major metropolitan areas. So, if you plan to live here, stay away from city centers and work close to home.

Oxnard, CA

Oxnard - Channel Islands harborThis beach town's claim to fame is that it is the Gateway to the Channel Islands. But wait a minute, a few miles northwest of Oxnard, Ventura also claims to be the Gateway to the Channel Islands. So confusing!

But no, not really. They both have a lovely harbor with regular service to the Channel Islands, but I think Oxnard's harbor is more fun.

The channel islands harbor has an extensive canal system making it look and feel like Venice, Italy, or Venice, CA. You can even get gondola rides on those canals. 
On both sides of those canals, you can find homes with ramps, restaurants, and recreation areas. 

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