LOL!! Barstow is not hell, but you can see it from there!
I live in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains - very green, temperate compared to other parts of the area, and nothing at all like Barstow
I was born in the redwoods (Eureka, on the northern coast), grew up in Lake Arrowhead (mountains behind me, 5500 ft up, snow, cool, beautiful, perfect!), went back to the north in 1990 for college and my folks bought a restaurant up there, moved back to Arrowhead, back to Eureka area, then to San Francisco (because my daughter was living in the hospital there) then back down here to be close to Loma Linda Children's hospital. I like it here - we are 45 minutes from the mountains, 45 minutes from the high desert, 45 minutes from the low desert and an hour from the beach. I'd rather be in Arrowhead, though!
And Feral - Pookie looooooves visitors. He's a snuggle bug and even snuggles the ferals who come around here! He doesn't know he's supposed to be territorial
Bring Magoo on over and he'll be Magoo's guide cat!