We've got lots of relatives up there too. Although traveling the entire state of Alaska I can't say I like super cold weather, but I really tire of the heat in So Cal. I guess we're always looking for the perfect zone to play in, but it's a moving target world wide.
However, you have a short drive to cold weather from southern California, and there you can enjoy the cold and then leave without shoveling snow.
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Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.