Friday, March 06, 2009

Trip to CA

A few photos from our trip to CA to see DH's family.

The flight across the country...



This is in CA...the mountain range was totally black as were some areas on the flat. Looks burned.



Here we are at our traditional stop when reaching L.A. - Gladstone's restaurant in Malibu. I love it.




Beach flower and bee right in front of Gladstone's...



View outside the restaurant...



View of the restaurant from the beach...



This one is for my mom...



As always, I like to try unfamiliar foods while traveling. We got these in the panaderia section of a Mexican grocery store. The watermelon one did not taste like watermelon. It's sort of like a cookie, but different. The other one tasted like a cakey doughnut. They were both HUGE, these were enough for four people.



Harmonic convergence...while in CA, Mitch called Aunt Mary, who is the aunt of Mitch's longtime friend Chuck, to wish her a happy birthday. When Aunt Mary found out Mitch was in Bakersfield, she told him that Chuck (who lives in CO) was right that moment traveling to Bakersfied in a U-Haul, moving his brother to CO! They would have gone across the top of the state, but a bad snow storm drove them south to Bakersfield instead and we met them a few hours after the call! Mitch and Chuck have not seen each other in 8 years.

L to R: Chuck, Mitch, and Richard (Chuck's brother).


Here's a more planned meeting...I met online Ravelry buddy SubliminalRabbit in person (Ravelry is an online site for knitters and crocheters). She lives in Venice Beach, lucky woman! We met at the Tiki Ti in Hollywood for after work cocktails. We had a great time talking with SubliminalRabbit, who is just as friendly in person as she is online. I plan using her knitting pattern to make a pair of Bella's Mittens, from the movie Twilight.



Mitch took this one with the menu in the background as "proof" that I was in the Tiki Ti.



After the Tiki Ti, we had late night breakfast at Mel's Diner on the Sunset Strip. We also drove through Bel Air, but it was dark so I could not get pictures. It was GORGEOUS. Those are real estates, there. They make New Orleans mansions look like garage guest houses.



Leaving L.A....


Back at the Atlanta airport...down in the walkway, there is a large art installment of African art that I always admire. This time I got a few shots of my favorites...





This one is my very favorite, it is a sculpture of a Secretary Bird. It really captures birdlike qualities and attitude.