I'm a third-generation Californian who migrated from southern Cal to northern Cal. What I like most about my state is that one can go from the ocean to the mountains in one day, with a lunch stop in the desert. I like it so much I've chosen those settings for my forensic geology books.
Color: blue... no, green... no, blue
Places: Machu Picchu, Cayucos, Manarola, an unnamed meadow in the high high Sierra
Sports: kayaking and hiking and skiing