Trip of a Lifetime

November 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

PicMonkey Collage clown
Just a post to document a recent trip I treated my daughter to, as a gift for her earning a Masters Degree in Special Education. I watched her work so hard for so long, and I wanted to reward her for it. She already had her Bachelor of Science degree…but decided at the age of 31 to go back to college. When the light at the end of the tunnel was upon us, I told her that I wanted to do something really special for her, and asked what she’d like. Her response? A road trip…just the two of us…up the California coast from San Diego to San Francisco.
We both had done it before…only she was with a boyfriend…and I was with my husband. This time, we’d do it together, and have some mother-daughter bonding time.
I don’t know how it happened…but we decided to fly from Albany, NY into Las Vegas, NV and include a side trip to the Grand Canyon and Sedona AZ before heading to San Diego. Unfortunately, the Federal government was shut down, and so was the Grand Canyon! Grrr. Oh well, my daughter now has a new favorite place….Arizona. The scenery is spectacular. The first collage is the beginning of our trip. You may notice that we had a back seat driver. His name is Dan….Dan Dooley. We picked him up in a porn shop in Waterford, Ireland when my daughter and I travelled there in 2006 😉 The following pictures are of the first few days of our trip:
PicMonkey Collage
From the Sedona area, we drove to San Diego and met up with an old friend of my daughter’s. We haven’t seen her in a few years, and it was nice to catch up with her. We traveled through a stretch of sand dunes, wind farms, and a highway over mountains of rocks and boulders! I’ve never seen anything like it. Soil erosion at it’s extreme, I guess. More pics:
PicMonkey Collage san diego
The next leg of our journey took us up to Los Angeles, where we spent a few days doing touristy things which included a show at the Comedy Store and my first Burlesque show. That was different…haha. From LA we drove up the Pacific Coast Highway to a little community called Cambria. We spent the night at the cutest motor inn called the Fog Catcher Inn. That’s where we are in the picture sitting in front of the fireplace 🙂 We took a tour of Hearst Castle which was nearby. Our last few days were spent in San Francisco. Phew! We did a lot! My least favorite thing was driving with all the fast drivers on the west coast…and I thought New Jersey drivers were mad! LOL.
PicMonkey Collage III
PicMonkey Collage IV
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time…..Peace

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