I moved to California just over a year ago from Indiana. It was a major move for me since I am so much older than you. I have a son & his family out here & they had been encouraging this move for many years. Finally, the timing was right & I'm glad I made the move. I left behind many dear friends who I miss tremendously! But slowly I'm beginning to meet some very nice people here. I've had some physical problems that kept me from being active from the beginning -- 2 knee replacements during the past year!
What I appreciate most about being here in the San Diego area is the climate. It's so nice not to worry about snow & ice & bitter cold. I miss the fall colors, but it's surprising to see so many roses in bloom in the middle of December! Most days the sky is a lovely shade of blue.
California is a large state, so where you move will decide what type of climate you will be living in. But wherever you go, you will have the opportunity to find just the right parish for you & will begin to meet people who are like-minded. Do some research before you finalize your decision, but know that you're not crazy for wanting to come to California!
When you miss the fall colors either go to Disneyland...they put on a fantastic fall wonderland or for the real thing just take a drive to the local mountains. I go to Big Bear Lake:) Also for the snow in the winter:) Then you can just drive down the mountain and you have your good weather again! California pretty much has it all!