The beauty of living in California is that there is every type of natural environment in one state. The desert has always been a special place to me because of the freedom it offers. Particularly pleasant in the winter, the desert offers up fantastic opportunities for off-roading, hiking, trail running, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, camping, and a host of other activities. I would never live in the desert but it's so nice to be able to have it as an option for a weekend adventure. Diversity in landscapes is something that I absolutely require and the desert in the winter never disappoints me.