|Poboy and torta lunch at an Oakland food hall.
When we drove through Yellowstone, we decided to buy the annual National Park pass for $80 instead of the Yellowstone one for $30, figuring we'd hit a couple more and make it worth the purchase. So, on our drive south, we drove a bit east and went to Sequoia National Park for the day, and it was awesome. I'd been there with my family when I was a kid - we took a vacation when I was 12 that started at the Grand Canyon, then went to Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, Sequoia, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Diego - but Adam had never been there. The trees were so cool! We spent a few hours driving through the park, walking around, and enjoying the day. When I had told my parents and sister where we were going, there reactions were:
Dad: Nice, I remember going there. They were huge. And I think it was really curvy on the roads there.
Mom: We went there? I don't remember that.
Pam: I got carsick on the drive in there, it was VERY curvy.
Mom: I remember Pam getting sick somewhere on that trip.
I meant to put my motion sickness patch on the night before the drive and completely forgot. I ended up driving the whole time and STILL felt queasy because there were so many twists and turns and curves.
|Sequoias are REALLY tall.
|Perfect day for exploring.
|Standing inside a sequoia that's cracked
|Look! I'm driving through a tree!
|Walked this, and so glad we did.
Adam always points out to me that El Chiflon in Chiapas looked SO high (it was!) and I climbed that - he's right.
|View from the top
|View from the top
|Sunset on our drive out
We spent the night in Bakersfield before heading to Los Angeles early the next day. We had an awesome lunch at a Taiwanese restaurant, Pine & Crane, then spent the day wandering around LA and Venice Beach before heading to our Airbnb in Redondo Beach. Friday was spent exploring Redondo Beach and watching both my Yankees and my Clemson Tigers lose. We headed up to Venice again on Saturday morning so that Adam could go to Eggslut, a place he'd heard a lot about, for a breakfast sandwich - it was good, but Southside Coffee, a local place near our old place in Brooklyn, was better. We walked around Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach for the day before heading up to North Hollywood to see an aunt of mine and her boyfriend for dinner. It had been 10+ years since I had seen Livia, and it was SO good to see her and meet Costin. We had such a nice evening just catching up and visiting, AND the ride back at 11:00pm was the only time in LA that we experienced no traffic.
|Venice Beach canals
|Eggslut. I can't do runny or soft eggs, so I had a biscuit.
One more note about LA. I consider myself a good driver. I'm aware, aggressive, safe, etc. I can handle most situations without a problem - I have driven in NYC regularly, drove in Israel where apparently people think the drivers are crazy (not so bad), in South Africa (on the other side of the road, on the other side of the car, and a stick shift), and, most recently, in Mexico. I like to drive. I have never felt like a worse driver or more out of my comfort zone than driving in LA. I actually really liked LA - but would not want to live there because of the traffic and the drivers.
And on that note, we headed out of LA on Sunday morning, ready to spend a month in San Diego.