We had intended on driving up the 5 to start our trip up the coast until.....I saw my "aunt" Linda's post that my second cousin Kevin's mission homecoming was the previous day.... I love this family to pieces! Not only are they responsible for my treasured only experience at Lake Powell but they have been my cheerleader through it all. I love them so much. Anyway, so badly I wanted to surprise them at Kevin's homecoming... but that didn't work out but I figured it was better late than never! And even better....
Owen and Jerrie have been like grandparents to me. I love to pieces. So anyway, they live in Moorpark so we decided to drive straight through LA and through North Hollywood for Jason to see the Hollywood sign for possibly the first time ever....
|It wouldn't be LA with a good taste of traffic.|
Excuse the dirty window......... one of my favorite parts of the trip was seeing the actual farming that takes place in California! I LOVED the fields of grapes (seen below), strawberries, lettuces, almonds, citrus, and the one that confused me for the longest time, artichokes!
Then we were off to Solvang.... which I thought was a Danish community.
and wooden shoes..... very Dutch... not Danish. But I think I decided it was Norwegian, Danish, German, and Dutch settlement? Either way........ it was an European DREAM!!!!
|Darling Bavarian houses everywhere.|
And the Hans Christian Anderson Museum.....
and of course a replica of the Little Mermaid Statue....
Did I mention the Danishes???????
|Poppy Seeds and all.......|
|It wouldn't be California with things like this....|
So then we drove up the coast to Morro Bay State Park. Although it was the most expensive sleeping area of our trip.... I'd say it was worth it! We were 200 yards from the beach and some beautiful views!!! So the only airbed that we could depend on for this trip is our DELUXE airmattress Jason's parents gave us for Christmas last year. Needless to say...... we might need to get a bigger tent!
|It was some type of bird refuge....|
|View of the beach from our tent.|
Coming up..... Day 3: A day as a Princess.