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The Ventura County Star
75 Reasons We Love Ventura County
Ojai: Ventura County's Own Shangri-la attracts artists, nature-lovers,
By Bruce McLean
But there's nothing mythical about it. it's all very real. And it's easy to see
why it has served as an inspiration for artists and writers, as well as a
golfer or two.
"There is an atmosphere here, an environment, that is lighter. There is
that beautiful space," said Patricia Fry, an Ojai-based author who
penned "The Ojai Valley, An Illustrated History."
Fry's family moved to Ojai from Ventura when she was six months old and
moved back and forth several times between the two cities.
But she's there permanently now, writing from a room that looks out at several
area mountain peaks.
Once in a while, she forgets to appreciate her good fortune.
"When you live in a town, you often start taking it for granted. I walk a
lot along Shelf Road. A lot of time on my walks I say to myself, 'I'm on a
mini-vacation.' It prompts me to look around and take everything in and realize
it's special," Fry said.
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