six lanes

17 Jun

I can’t believe it’s been a whole week since I last posted an update. That’s just too long, but we have been busy. My other sister, Jodie, met up with Jess and I in LA on Sunday and we have been on the go ever since. I think that’s just the California way though. From the moment we crossed over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Fran, the pace of life went from two lane highways meandering along the coast to speedy six lane freeways with exits feeding into more six lane freeways. That is too many lanes and freeways. Not only do you have to check to see if the lane you want to go into is clear before switching lanes, you have to make sure that the car two lanes over isn’t going to switch lanes into the same lane as you at the same time or there isn’t some donkey three rows over trying to speed across four lanes just to pass one car. I’m from a small town, I am used to two lanes at all times and there being one way to get somewhere. We have had a great time though and the days of cold and rainy death camping are long behind us as we have enjoyed beautiful warm and sunny weather ever since. In fact today I managed to burn my already existing sun burn. I was wearing gladiator sandals today and actually have red patches on the top of my feet in the pattern of my sandals. Whoops.

Anyways, here are a few highlights:

San Fran: I have never been here and probably should have done a bit more research before going because then I would have known that the piers are not in numerical order but rather start in the middle at 1 with the even numbers going down in number to the right and the odd numbers going up in number to the left. Jess and I spent a good 2 hours walking around looking for pier freaking 39 and walked about 6km before we finally found it. Seriously, who decided the piers should be numbered that way?!

As we were walking though we were passed by a group of naked male cyclists. Not just a little bit naked, but all the way naked and there were a lot of them in all shapes and sizes. I tried not to look, but it’s just one of those things that is difficult to look away from. I’m not entirely sure what their cause was, but they definitely attracted attention.

We also got to watch a US World Cup soccer game in the AT&T Stadium (where the San Francisco Giants play) – the stadium over looks the ocean and they were playing the game over the big screen in the stadium which was packed! Definitely cool to experience. Too bad the game ended in a tie.

Anaheim: My sisters and I hit up Disneyland for 2 days. It was just as magical and happy as I remember it. I don’t think I will ever be too old for that place. The vibe still makes me fee like I am a kid again, the food is so good, the fireworks are amazing, the rides are still sweet and I even like seeing the characters walk around (although I didn’t admit that to my sisters when they were lining up to get their pictures taken with them).

When we were in line for Splash Mountain, we were standing behind a mom with her four kids (3 boys and a girl). The girl was the youngest and couldn’t have been older than 5. The second youngest, a little boy probably around the age of 6, was pretty adamant that he was not going to go on this ride. Although he wouldn’t come out and say it, you could tell he was scared. The mom and little sister went back and forth with him for several minutes trying to convince him to go and then finally the second oldest boy no older than 8 said to his younger brother, “You know, sometimes you just have to do things to overcome your fears.” Wow. Those are some seriously wise words from an 8 year old boy. It actually got me thinking quite a bit about my fears and some things that I need to do to overcome them. It’s funny the things that we can learn when we really listen and pay attention to our external circumstances.

San Diego: I have really enjoyed San Diego, where we have spent the last two days. To me it’s different from the rest of California that we have seen. Even though they still have six lane freeways, the pace of life seems to be a bit slower here and the people are quite a bit more friendly than those I have encountered in other parts of the state and not to mention, it’s absolutely beautiful. From Seaport Village last night where we met a 72 year old veteran who told us his life story in the humidifier of a cigar shop to walking through Balboa Park to watching the surfers at Ocean Beach, I have loved all of it. I will be sad to leave San Diego tomorrow, but definitely looking forward to the Grand Canyon and Sedona in AZ this weekend.

Here are a few pics from the past week:

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