Thursday, April 30, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
I had the day planned out, as usual, but at a more leisurely pace. I got up when I felt like it (around 9:30, mercifully still waking up on East Coast time despite going to bed at West Coast times). I got my things together and headed off for the beach. After managing to turn around on Wilshire Blvd by doing a loop on some residential streets to the north, I drove west toward Santa Monica.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
I set my alarm for 7:00, wanting to be sure I'd wake up in time to call Hertz to arrange for them to pick me up from the hotel (they'd been closed when I'd called the day before). I woke up earlier and lay in bed, waiting for the alarm. Eventually I got up - the alarm never worked anyway. I called Hertz, and they told me I'd have to take a cab, but that they'd take it off my rental. So I did, and got to the Hertz place, like, half an hour early. The couple in front of me was returning their car for a smaller one, which had me nervous, but when it came my turn, I got a cute light blue Hyundai Accent. It was small and had wonderfully responsive gas and breaks, which was great for city driving. I made sure I knew where the hazard lights were, went over my route one more time and headed out for Pasadena.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Becky came in to wake me up at 7:00, but I'd been awake since 5:30, wondering how I was going to fit everything in my bags. Miraculously, I managed it (gaining a bag, since my purse had been packed on the flight). They drove me to Jack London Square, and waited while I got my ticket and checked my bags. Then they waited for the train with me. The train pulled into the station, and we said our goodbyes.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Saturday morning, we got a leisurely start. We left Berkley at about 10:00 AM and drove north toward Napa. The countryside was pretty but stark - Becky says that in the winter, all the "golden" hills are green. Reaching Napa, we got on the Silverado Trail. We stopped at Soda Canyon Store and mulled over all the options - sandwiches or cheese, crackers, prosciutto, etc? I ended up getting both, while Becky and David got sandwiches. I tried calling Clos Du Val to see if we could reserve a picnic spot, but only reached a recording. We headed down the road a few minutes and found the winery on the right.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Since this is my first spring back in Virginia, I wanted to make sure to catch one of the few DC "events" that people travel from all over the country - and world - to see. I checked the forecast for the blossoms and the weather frequently over the past week, attempting to figure out what the best morning would be. We'd had rainy weather off and on as the blossoms started to emerge, but the peak weekend was supposed to be gorgeous. The Saturday of the Cherry Blossom Parade is always ridiculous, so I made plans for Sunday morning. I got up at 4:30, drove to the nearest Metro station (free parking on weekends!), caught a train and got off at the Smithsonian stop. Even before 6:00 AM, there were plenty of other tourists exiting the station with me, most with much better cameras than my little Canon point-and-shoot. But what happened next was pretty amazing...