Last Thursday, Steve and I jumped in the car and drove down to LA for my cousin's daughter's wedding. (I've since learned that she can be referred to as my 1st cousin once-removed. What about that, you learn something new everyday!) As you can see, the weather was perfect for a road trip. I love California! This is along the Pacheco Pass on Route 152 that connects the 101 Fwy to the 5 Interstate. These hills won't remain this green for too much longer. They'll get super brown as it nears summertime and fire season.
Funny how you can see stuff like this within an hour of urban life. Gotta love the basketball hoop mounted to the old barn. This was very near Casa de Fruta ... wow, an amazing place filled with all sorts of agricultural delights. We had to stop and buy some delightful Turkish dried apricots and some unsalted pistachio nuts for my sister-in-law. Apparently that's a very difficult thing to find so we loaded up on it. (We also stopped here on the way home and got yellow watermelon for the girls, Miss L & J.) Here's a lovely rusted truck just sitting in the midst of all those tasty fruits and nuts.
The actual stay in LA was a whirlwind of activity. We tried to see just about everyone we know in the short amount of time that we were down there: my mom, Steve's mom, my dad, my grandparents, friends, Steve's old neighborhood and neighbors (one couple is just amazing and we found out that they're 80+!) And of course we also saw a lot of my family at the wedding. (My cousin looked beautiful and it looks like she married a very sweet young man.)
After the wedding we managed to have a typical LA Saturday night. We went to some art/exotic car opening/nightclub party in Studio City where some model thought I was someone who could hook her up with a job. :-) It was far easier for me to just take her name and number than to convince her that I wouldn't be able to help her. Just your basic networking opportunity. Apparently there were a lot of D-list celeb types there too. But you know, I just didn't recognize anyone. It was just a lot of loud music, not the greatest DJ, but okay ... free booze and lots of exotic Ferraris, Lambos and Rollers. We got there a little too fashionably late so we left to go check out a sushi bar. Ohhh, this was very good sushi!!! I haven't had this quality in a long time.
Sunday was a very long but entertaining drive due to XM Radio's Blue Collar Comedy channel. Okay, it's fun to be a redneck every once in a while. One joke even mentioned Olathe!