In 1967 my father bought a Pontiac Catalina and a dingy old travel trailer and took his girlfriend, my brother and me on a road trip. Over the next 8 weeks we drove 13,498 miles, visited 51 parks, and saw wonders like geysers, redwoods, grizzlies, and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. The trip made an indelible impression, cementing my appreciation for the natural world and the American landscape. This summer Pamela and I hope to repeat the experience for our family.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Linden: A.K.A Tila (with help from Lark)

The last two days have been packed with adventures. It all started when we went to a Mexican restaurant on Thursday. There we all ate our meals and enjoyed them immensely. Afterwards we peered into the bakery/spice shop. In the spice racks we found linden tea and discovered that the word for linden in Spanish is Tila. (TEA-la) Now, Lark has sworn that she will call me Tila for the rest of my life. In the bakery we all enjoyed our different treats, which included, giant Frisbee rolls, macaroons, homemade fruit bars, rice pudding ice cream and churros. Following the bakery we went over to the San Juan Capistrano mission, which was beautiful. All the flowers were in full bloom and the giant carp roamed the fountains searching for something to eat. One fish was so big that it was bigger than a loaf of big bread. We took way to many pictures of the big fish and flowers. We wandered into the Zorro exhibit and saw the various Zorro accessories. Later we stumbled blindly onto San Clemente’s beach and built a sand palace, which we dubbed Fort Venice. We then went to a modest sized restaurant on the pier where we got a great view of the waves crashing across the beach. We got to watch the surfers beneath us as we slurped clam chowder. At that point it was late and we were all quite exhausted BUT continued to adventure by going to see THE KARATE KID. HEYA. (Karate noise) I think I can say that everyone loved it. With the closing of the movie we had finished the adventures of our first full day in California. Once home, we collapsed our tired bodies onto various pieces of furniture.

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