We usually take one family trip a year.  We’ve been to Yellowstone, Sierra Nat’l Forest Redwoods, Disneyland, Maui, and The Great Smokey Mountains.  This year we decided to keep it closer to home and went to Hollywood.  We’ve never really been there and seeing the stars’ hand and foot prints was on my bucket list since I was a kid.

After a long drive down we were rewarded with not one but two bucket list items, one of mine and one of my daughters.  We first made a beeline to the Chinese Theater to see the hand prints.

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Click here to see all the pictures I took here.

My daughter’s bucket list item was to attend a movie premiere.  Well, she kind of got her wish.  As we were walking down the street we stumbled onto the premier of The Legend of Tarzan.  We saw (from across the street) Samuel L. Jackson, Alexander Skarsgård, and Margot Robbie.  The pictures aren’t very good because of the distance but this is what that looked like.

We were pretty much beat after that so we headed back to find something to eat and then crash at the hotel.

The next morning we drove down to Rodeo Drive and pretended to be rich people.  Real live rich people would not be awake when the stores opened but we had fun anyway.

It started getting warm so we continued on to our destination for today, Santa Monica Beach.  We checked into our hotel early, got our swim duds on and headed out for the beach.


After a day in Santa Monica we finally got out of the LA area and headed up to Solvang for a day of shopping and decompressing from the LA traffic.

We stayed at the Solvang Garden Inn which had some beautiful English gardens around the entire grounds.  We’re going to go back to this place when we have a few days to spend.

We enjoyed the grounds for a while and Angela and I played one round of bocci ball then we went into town and stumbled across their farmer’s market.  We spent the afternoon and the next morning exploring the town and letting Cristy do what she does best… shop!  I also got to meet a cousin whom I’d never met before and his wife.  As the conversation turned to politics you could definitely tell we were related!

The next morning we headed down to San Luis Obispo (or SLO as we call it).  We ate at their HUGE farmers market which I neglected to get many pictures of.  It was very crowded and I wouldn’t really be able to ge a picture of anything other than the crowds.  We browsed the many stands and had a nice Thai dinner on the sidewalk.

After dinner drinks

The next day was our return home day.  We stopped in downtown SLO so Cristy could do some more shopping and Angela explored.  I hadn’t had breakfast so I ordered a pizza and sat down to catch up on some emails.  Around lunch time we drove out to Morro Bay so Cristy could have her favorite, fish-on-a-stick at Giovanni’s.


After lunch we began the long drive home after 5 days and 4 nights on the road.  I sure enjoy travelling but not long trips home.  I’ll sure enjoy taking my home with me when we start our full time RV travels.  But even so, memories were made and those last a lifetime.

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