Country life. Cold weather. Calming Trees. Collapsing forest around you.... that is why I love the PNW. Exploring nature is easy up there. For the most part you watch out your door and your in it. Southern California, while beautiful in it's own right, lack a sense of natural surroundings. Urban exploring is off the charts, but does;t ever fully measure up to nature. There is a sense of being a small part of something much larger in the wilderness.