Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cross country road trip- part 6



California.  The very first thing we did when we got to Ventura was walk down to look at the Pacific. Max ended up not feeling well that night so we stayed in and went to bed early.  The next day was spent with Uncle Joey, at the Santa Barbara Zoo.  What a beautiful place.  We saw some amazing animals, slid down a hill on cardboard boxes and road a train.  What else could you ask for? We have been teaching Max about evolution so the All in the Family pic is perfect, especially the face Max is making.

Joe got us a hotel right on the beach for our second night.  The view was awesome, both day and night.  Max went to bed and Damien, Joe and I sat out on the balcony, catching up and enjoying the cool California night.  The next morning we all sat down at the beach.   Max played at the ocean's edge, laughing and running away as the waves chased him.  It was the perfect halfway point, preparing us for the long drive back east.

We left California on Monday morning and started our way to the Grand Canyon.  Some minor car trouble later, we ended up  staying in a hotel on Route 66.  These pictures captured it perfectly.

We have been taking many pictures from the car as well, while driving, and a little series is being born from them.  These are a few of my favorites.

The Pacific




The Santa Barbara Zoo













The Crowne Plaza





















out and about







at the beach










traveling


































and Mickey







Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cross country road trip- part 5

It's 8:08am and Damien and Max are still asleep, laying next to me in bed.  We are in Kingman, AZ, starting our journey back east.  Our first stop today will be the Grand Canyon.  I can't wait for both Damien and Max to see it.  It is nothing that can be described to you.  You have to see it for yourself, to completely understand the magnitude and beauty of it.  What an amazing part of the trip that lies ahead.

These photos are from late last week, as we left Tucson and headed into Cali.  We drove through Joshua Tree National Park, which was unlike anything I have ever seen before.  Joshua Trees are amazing and the landscape surrounding the area looks like another planet.  From there, we drove into Palm Springs and stayed at the Ace Hotel on Friday night.  It certainly is worth a stay.  Such a cool place with so much going on.  We couldn't take full advantage of it all with a 3 year old, but we were happy just exploring the grounds together, taking it all in, dreaming about the next time we make it back out this way.  

From the Ace, we hit up the road side dinosaur attraction from Pee Wee's Big Adventure.  It was awesome and pathetic all at the same time.  According to one member of this family, it has been the best part of the trip and now we are actively searching out more dinosaurs.  We spent about an hour there before making our way into the Ventura Area.

On our way to meet our friend in Ventura, we passed a carnival.  There was no way we could tell Max that we couldn't stop there so after a quick visit to the Pacific and a bite to eat, we headed to the carnival.  Turns out it was a Christian Fiesta but it had rides and games and lots and lots of colors so we spend $25 and made Max a happy little camper.  

Up next, 3 days in Cali....

Joshua Tree National Park















Ace Hotel













Dinosaurs in Cabazon















Carnival