Saturday, July 21, 2007

LA part 1

Well we got back a week ago.
But i haven't been near my computer with all my pictures on it.
So I couldn't do a post to tell ya'll about it.
We have a 4 week rotation in Ray-town.
Back for the weekend.

And I know you have all just been beside yourselves with an update.
I know.
It's okay.
I'm here now.

Monday morning we left for LA.
Pretty weird that we had dropped the kiddos of to g&g steed the night before.
Weird to sleep at our house without the kiddos here.
Got up and headed off to the plane.
All went smooth - although I really wanted to get a stamp in my passport.
I mean I paid $80+ for it.
And I really don't travel much.
And it has 24 pages in it.
But no stamp.
Just a grumpy guard.

Flight. A-Okay.
It's really nice to travel without having to entertain children.
I like that.

Landed and took the shuttle to get our rent-a-car.
Picked out this one.

We found a 7-11 first off and got a map.
(and two american chocolate bars.)
Headed in the direction of our hotel.

After we got settled and checked into our hotel we went for a walk.
We stayed in Redondo Beach.
Went for a walk along King Harbour and checked out the bay.

Saw a sailing class.
Which was cool.
Some people were doing better than others.....

Saw lots of pelicans.

Went out to eat here.
Which I loved.
When I was a kid I always wanted to have a restaurant.
And old fashioned 50's one.
And this one was just like I used to dream of.
Except I wouldn't have the uniforms that short.

Went for a walk on the beach. And put my foot in the Pacific.
Now i've been in both the Pacific and the Atlantic.
Which is pretty good for someone who travels very little!

I loved seeing the beach.
And I thought a lot about how cool it would be to do a photo shoot there.
So many cool little places to take pictures.
But I wouldn't make Reg do that.
That wouldn't be a fun vacation for him.
He let me take lots.

(in fact he told me I was soooo touristy.
with my big camera around me neck everywhere we went.
Yep. No denying it. I was.

In the evening we drove into Hollywood.
Thought there would be less traffic than during the day.
Still lots of cars.
Saw this on the drive.

We turned on Santa Monica Blvd and saw this.
The Los Angeles Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
(if you didn't know already, that's our church)
We knew there was some temples in California but didn't know where.
It was a nice surprise to see.
So we got out and walked around it.

And I found some cooooool palm trees.
It was my first time seeing palm trees.
After seeing them I had lots of questions about them.
Do people make things out of the wood in them?
Why are they all shaped so different?

Saw all the expensive stores where we couldn't even afford to breath in.
So we just drove by instead.

That was day one.
Lots eh?
I'll add another post about the next few days tomorrow.
peace out.


Julia and Josh Blakeney said...

love your comments about the expensive stores.
i kinda wanna be like julia roberts in pretty woman, with some money to burn...
well like her but maybe i'd drop the hooker part!
glad you had a good time.
did you see anyone famous?

Carmen said...

GREAT pictures!!
I am sooo glad you had such a good trip away! It is nice to get away. It is nice to experience something different. And LA is fabulous for that!!

Crystal said...

I'm glad you are back to share all the details with us!! And I'm very glad you took lots of pictures of your travels so I can see everything through your eyes. Did your kids miss you?

Heather M. said...

Sounds like fun!! I'm so glad you took so many awesome photos to share! What a great getaway with your hubby!

Heather said...

Sounds like a great trip so far. Must have been nice that it was just the two of you. I always look like a tourist even if it's in my backyard. LOL!!