Aug 1–Lucas and Sarah came home and they had a good time. The boys were happy to see them. We spent a couple of days visiting with them. We left today and headed down to Ventura. Mark/I/Thomas were looking forward to some sleeping in (ha) and some beach time. Have I mentioned how I love California! I love the ocean,, the greenery and flowers,
and the vibe. The drive to Ventura was about 2 hrs. and w got there and checked into the motel. After scoping out the motel-which was nice even tho a bit small. There were flowers all around and it was close to the beach. We then voted on lunch at the place Lucas had suggested was pretty good—Habit Burger. It was a nice little shop and it was packed. But as Lucas said–the food was yummy. We finished looking around the area. Lots of little shops and
interesting places. Back at the motel, we went swimming for a bit. It is funny-at first we thought the pool was just dirty. There were little twigs and feathers all over. But the next morning, we watched as they cleaned the pool, check the chlorine level and tidied up. The pool looked great. But within an hour, the seagulls flying over and the breezes brought feathers and twigs. Guess it was a constant battle.! HA!
The next day we went on an adventure!! We got up and drove to Los Angeles to the LaBrea Tar Pits. The drive was really nice. I love the way the freeways in CA have flowers and bushes planted between the highways. The Tar Pits were beautiful. It was so beautifully landscaped. The pit itself was interesting. It is hard to imagine things like big dinosaurs and woolly mammoths being there. We did the museum tour. So cool and interesting.
There is a new project called 21 boxes they are working on now. It seems they went next door to expand for a parking lot and discovered some new bones. So they started digging and came up with 21 boxes of stuff that they will be sifting thru and cataloging. Pappaw and Thomas went on a tour of the area while Mammaw sat and read her book. Then we went to a presentation of the how the tar pits formed. It was really fun as they had life sized animatron animals and one came really close to where we were sitting. It gave me the willies, the way it just stared at me. Ha!!
We spent a good part of the day there. It was a fun day. After the tar pits–we went to a famous local hot dog stand–Pinky’s. You can get any size, any condiment, any topping for your dog. It was in the Jewish part of the town and it was interesting to see the locals as they walked around with their traditional Jewish dress. Thomas got a hot dog that had a tower of onion rings. It was pretty awesome.
The next day we went to the movies. We saw Guardians of the Galaxy. It was a hit. We all loved that movie. Thomas had been wanting sushi and as it is not our favorite, we told him we would give it a try. So we found a place called I love (heart) sushi! It was in this little strip mall by the grocery store. We wondered how it would be. When we walked it, the place was packed. So we figured it must be good. I was not brave enough to try sushi, but Pappaw had some. I had a teriyaki chicken and it was so good. It was a nice little plate of the chicken, salad, tempura vegetables. It was a yummy dinner. Thomas also found a cool Chinese resturant and the food there was scrumtious.
We went to the beach. I love the beach. It was sorta weird, but Thomas doesn’t really enjoy the beach. That surprised me. We went down to the beach and watched the sun set. There is just something envigorating and replenishing to my soul to see the ocean and the sun. I love it.
We headed home the next day. We were gonna stop in St. George for a couple of days, but there was a tragedy in the family. It seems that Jill’s brother, Jeremy died. So Thomas was pretty upset about his uncle’s death. We stayed in St. George overnight and headed home the next day. He was anxious to get home to his family. It was sad to have that happen. Jeremy was a young man and had a 9 yr. old son. It was a really sad thing.
But in the end we still had a wonderful time. I loved the trip. I really enjoyed Thomas being with us. I think he enjoyed the boys and the time he had to chill before starting high school