|Campsite at Soledad Canyon|
The drive from Pahrump to Acton was pretty quiet without a whole lot around. My memory is failing me- we must have gotten out really late and then drove really slowly because, as far as I can see from pictures is that we stopped for lunch about 1:45 for lunch, spent 45 minutes, and then didn't get to the campground until was dark and almost 7pm. That said, our lunch stop at Dumont Dunes was gorgeous. I'd love to stay and play there sometime, but there was absolutely no cell coverage whatsoever. No cell = no work = no stay (sad face).
Once we got to the campground, we ended up getting a really great site that was huge and fenced in on 3 sides. However, it's committed the campground party foul with the door being the low side. We needed a good 1-2 blocks on that side. Even with our step stool, it was still quite a jump.
On Roadside America, we had found that we were near a "musical road" in Lancaster, CA where they put grooves in the road and it sings. We decided to drive it at different speeds, to see how the music was affected.
The temperature difference between the campground and actual city of Los Angeles was pretty remarkable. It was forecasted to be in the low 70s at the campground but Venice Beach was supposed to be around 90. We decided that a November swim in the Pacific Ocean was just what the doctor ordered. (A neat side note, I had never seen the Pacific Ocean prior to that. Another first brought to you by this trip.) The water was cold- I'm guessing low 60s. The kids and I swam, we played in the sand, watched a boat catch on fire, and watched the sunset.
|Paige and I went out into deeper water, but it was impossible to photograph|
|She got her feet wet, but THAT'S IT!|
|It was a very "California" experience.|
|And then a boat caught on fire- scary stuff!|
|Playing in the sand & water|
|Sand time! Can you guess what it is?|
|The plural for "selfie" is "usie".|
|A real sunset.|
|Whatever the ailment, marijuana is the answer!|
Next, we opted for a double-decker bus tour of Hollywood. Our tour guide was TERRIBLE. Paige even said she preferred my dad jokes over his commentary. This was pretty neat, though, mostly, I'll never be able to tell you what we saw or where we went.
|Chinese Theatre. And here I just thought it was a Disney prop.|
One of our stops was the La Brea Tar Pits. This wasn't quite the bubbling oozing ground like the tourism video led us to believe, but it was still worth a visit to check out. Seeing the actual dig site was pretty cool.
|La Brea Tar Pits|
|Yeah, I moved the cone.|
|Close up of the tar hole|
|Tar site excavation|
The "floating rock" was a big fat lie.
|I'M SO STRONG!|
Then we hit some shops and made our way back home.
|I'm so artsy.|
Thanksgiving rolled around and we found ourselves having a good time. First was a family game night on Thanksgiving Eve. Followed by Mandie baking a most bodaciously off kilter pan of brownies (the rack was in the oven wrong somehow). And for the actual turkey day, I "cooked" dinner with Paige's help.
|Crock pot ham|
|Paige chopped onions|
|Look, she's happy about it!|
|And now she's sad!|
|Filling Balls (like stuffing, not stuffed in the turkey!)|
|Dinner is served!|
|Hells to the yes, Paige and I made that.|
Other than that, we did some home repairs and updates- fixed some picture frames and hung a few things- cup holder, pictures, coat hook, and over the door hooks on the bedroom closets. And the coup de grâce was converting a drawer under our dinette to be our printer cubby.
|Added a cup holder|
|Now you see it,|
|Now you don't!|
|Here's what our printer drawer started as - just a drawer|
|Took it all out|
|"Measuring" it out|
|Clamps, a guide, and a jigsaw|
|Hinged on the bottom|
|It's perfect except where it's not...|
Moving right along, we played tourist in Hollywood again. This time we went into Madame Tussauds wax museum. We were pretty impressed at the realism of the wax figures. Logan danced his little booty off and then promptly kissed Taylor Swift's - we still don't know why.
|Posed with Shrek!|
|Taylor Swift, moments before Logan kissed her butt|
|Mandie cozied up to JT (I won't lie, I decked him for making googly eyes at her)|
|She had the best eyes|
|We selfied with Elvis|
We walked the strip a bit and looked at the stars. Logan was enthralled by Iron Man (and I'll admit, his costume was pretty brilliant).
|Neat video production RV|
On the news, I had read about a road nearby that was buckling. Vasquez Canyon Road went from drive-able to not in about a week. In another week, it was completely destroyed. We finally got out to see it during it's "completely destroyed" phase and were pretty surprised at how bad it was.
|Do not cross construction signs... we totally crossed.|
|A little bit of scale|
Visting Vasquez Canyon Road was just a detour on our way to Santa Barbara. We took a trolley tour around town. It was a very pretty beach town.
|I love this tree|
|I forget its name, the Monk Palace or something|
|The Burger Bus|
|Sunset in Santa Barbara|
|The back of the bathroom door is confusing!|
And that about wraps up the majority of our time in Acton. Again 2 weeks didn't feel like nearly enough time for everything around. But, we had an appointment at a camper repair shop to get some new steps and a few other things done. We headed to their place and started in on a visit to Disneyland, but I'll cover all of that in another post.
|A torn sewer hose is pretty crappy|