Wednesday, July 9, 2008

California Dreaming

At the last minute we decided to pack up the Yukon Xl and head out to CA. for the 4th of July weekend. We drove all night Thurs and arrived by noon on Friday. We checked into our hotel and promptly engaged in a nice long snooze. When the kids were at wits end and tired of Cartoon Network we awoke and headed for the beach. We were staying just a mile away from the shore in Manhattan Beach. Little A had previously avowed his disdain for salt water but there was something about the Pacific that cracked his resistance. He took to the water like the little fish he normally is at the local pool.
Maddie loved the water as well. All three days we were there we spent a good block of time at the beach, swimming, dodging waves, boogie boarding and the like.
A was a natural boogie boarder and could spend the entire day riding the waves if we had let him.
Friday night we went and saw the fireworks at the marina in Rodondo Beach. They put on a lovely display that was right above our heads. While watching we dined on some delicious local BBQ. Nothing says 4th of July like fireworks and ribs.
On Sat. we headed to Hollywood to do all the touristy things. I have been to Southern CA several times but have never seen Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills and all the tourist traps. It was indeed a lot of fun.

Ian's one desire while in CA was to hit Roscoe's. Apparently it is a favorite haunt of Snoop Dogg and he wanted to have the opportunity to dine on this unique combination. It was actually very good, some of the tastiest fried chicken I have had in a while. The sweet potato pie was unbelievably good.
Sunday we spent at the beach again and then we headed home Monday morning. On the way home we stopped at In-N-Out in Vegas for one last fix of our favorite burgers. Oh how I wish they had In-N-Out here in CO.
We made it all the way through Utah Monday, but ended up spending the night in Grand Junction, too exhausted to continue on.
We were happy to arrive home safely Tues. but will definitely miss CA. The kids are ready to move, Ian is thinking of applying to schools there and I am still on the fence. But for now I am satisfied to be home where the gas prices aren't quite as bad.


bockstark.knits said...

Looks like y'all had a really great time!

StarSpry said...

Sounds like so much fun!!

Kandice said...

What a great time. I love your kids.