I just love Northern California. I miss my years as an undergrad at UCSC all the time. Last weekend I went to Santa Francisco to visit a friend (who also went to UCSC -- Peace Love and Porter!). He took me all over the city to breathtaking views, amazing food, etc. I think the highlight may have been The Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Lush foliage and tall redwoods smell better than anything else to me. The magnolias are currently blooming and they certainly live up to the hype!