I also like the deserts. There are no deserts in the east. If it does not rain once a week it is declared a drought. Automatic lawn sprinklers are slow sellers here.
There are plenty of nice places to go back here. I loved visiting Annapolis in the spring. Bucks County PA when the bushes and trees are blooming. The village of Newtown PA is completely in bloom the first week in April. And George Washington did sleep there. New England becomes a blase with color in October. Vermont is a wonderful small place to visit and see the small villages. Or ski or fly fish. And there are very nice beaches in Florida. A great seafood in New Orleans. I have been to all those places and still think the west is by far the more interesting place to live.