Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ode to the Golden State (warning, picture heavy post!!!)

I was told that I needed to update my blog (which is totally true!), so here is an update about my California trip. Rather than writing full on paragraphs about the trip with exquisite detail, I decided to share pictures with brief captions. Enjoy!

Leaving on a jet plane. Don't know when I'll be back again.

Dinner the first night, at My Brother's BBQ.

Getty Center, overlooking Los Angeles. Amazing.

American Girl Place. Totally amazing.

Pat Sajak's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Totally exciting, because I am a huge Wheel of Fortune fan. :)

Hollywood & Vine. Pretty much all of my knowledge of Hollywood street names and intersections comes from the Jan & Dean song, Dead Man's Curve, and I don't remember any mention of Hollywood and Vine, but my mom assures me it is, in fact, one of the most famous intersections in Hollywood. :)

Can't go to CA without having at least one In-N-Out burger. Or three. Or four.

Mrs. G. and Kobe. She was my Awana leader in Chums.

The House That Built Me.

I thought if I could touch this place, or feel it, this brokenness inside me might start healing. Out here it's like I'm someone else, I thought that maybe I could find myself. If I could just come in I swear I'll leave. Won't take nothing but a memory from the house that built me. Thanks, Miranda Lambert, for putting it so well.

Guide dog puppies!

Alisa (my puppy raising friend)

Aley - my childhood best friend, and still such a dear, dear friend of mine.

Joni & Friends.

Family photos.

Old memories revisited.

Birthday girls!

My wonderful grandparents, who I love very much. :)

Happy 90th Birthday, Grama!

More friends!


The Pacific Ocean.

Several visits with my Uncle Tom.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California

Air Force One

The President's final resting place.

Berlin Wall

A building from my old hometown that is featured in Weird Al's Amish Paradise music video

Good Morning, Burbank! Must I really go home???

New shoes and great memories. Waiting in the SeaTac airport, still not wanting to go home.

As we descend into Spokane, I realize reality awaits, but I have some amazing memories to last me a lifetime.

What a fun trip. Can't wait to go back, and it was the highlight of my summer. For sure. :)

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