Growing up in the Bay Area, CA, you tend to have expectations of the city life. I always loved the city type of life. When I moved here, I realized that this was not the place for me because there was not a lot of city experiences. They only have a small shopping area and one location where all the main food restaurants and stores are grouped together. There is a ton of farms around the whole city. Sometimes you can smell a strong swift of animals in the air in the morning time.
Living in Salida, CA was not to pleasant for me because of the strong heat. There is never a just perfect type of weather here per season. In the Winter it is always so cold and in the Summer it is always too hot. You will spend a ton of money on running your air conditioner because the heat is so intense. The best places in Salida, CA is the small little area where there are stores.