My husband Bob and I are both transplants to California, he from New Jersey and Florida, me from Minnesota. We are retired teachers, very much enjoying our time to read, travel and particpate in the cultural activities of the Bay Area, as well our respective hobbies--gardening and walking (me), photography, painting, and bicycling (Bob). Besides visiting families on a fairly regular basis, we recently made a three-week car-camping trip through the Southwest and visited the Dominican Republic several times when our daughter worked there. Fortunately, she now lives in Berkeley, CA, only 15 minutes from our house. When traveling, we appreciate friendly and welcoming hosts, a clean and comfortable place to live, and a location within walking distance of neighborhood restaurants, coffee shops, etc. In cities, we like to be near public transportation to avoid car rentals when possible.