As most of you know, I took a trip to California with my parents last week. I took quite a few pictures while I was there, and today I’ll be sharing a few of them with you.
However, before you move on to my excellent photography, I’d like to direct you attention to this poll. If you have a moment, hop over there and vote for The Lady of the Vineyard! If TLOTV gets enough votes, it will be “Book of the Month” over there are Long and Short Reviews (YA), which would be a huge honor for me. 🙂
Now, without further ado, the California trip!
Isn’t that gorgeous? I forgot how amazing the clouds look from above with the sun shining on them. It’s just amazing.
This is a side view of the Organ Pavilion Stage at Balboa Park in San Diego. The architecture is simply fantastic, isn’t it? Oh, and we saw someone taking wedding pictures for a rather large family while we were there, which was sweet.
I mean, seriously. It’s gorgeous. I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of it … most of which I deleted … but that’s beside the point.
There were many beautiful fountains there. That is one of the smaller ones, but it’s sure pretty.
I’m pretty proud of myself for this picture, even though it was an easy shot. 😉
That’s a picture of my mother and my niece looking over at the Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park.
I think this is simply called the “California Bell Tower,” though I could be wrong. It’s pretty impressive. I want to climb it someday.
I told you there were lots of fountains …
See? Fountains, fountains, fountains. I was like, “Wow … creative …” 😛 I seriously want to play in this one … it looks like so much fun!
That’s me! Wearing a coat that I legit did not take off even when the thermometer pushed 70. And I was oftentimes wearing a long-sleeved shirt under it. Honestly, I don’t understand myself sometimes … I guess I was just determined to be miserable?
On that same day (like, moments after that selfie), we went into the Natural History Museum, again at Balboa Park. And I got to roll my eyes every time I saw “so many million years ago …” 😄
Seriously, though, how hard is this to get, peoples?! THE EARTH IS ONLY ABOUT SIX THOUSAND YEARS OLD, OKAY??? There is absolutely no evidence to prove otherwise.
That’s my brother, Dumas. Well, James. But Dumas is his stage name here. He was like, “Hey, Kell, take a picture of me pretending to be stupid and not knowing that this huge shark is behind me!” And I did, because he was the only person willing to pose for me … and I was getting sick of selfies. 😉
“Dumas” again. 😛 Like I said, he was the only one who would pose for me. Take a moment to examine his clothes. Several people asked him if he was from both Seattle and Cincinnati and how that worked … but he insisted on keeping his hat on. He never takes that thing off.
But yeah, there was a whole floor lined with pictures of animals. As if that weren’t enough, they were all endangered animals. I’m like, “Yep. That’s right. Why don’t you showcase 3% of the population …” 😉
I’m posting this rather bad picture (the lighting in the museum wasn’t the best) mostly because the subject told me not to. He was like, “I’ll never be able to hold my head up …”
The next day (or the same day? Well, on one of the days …) we went to see Miss San Luis Rey, “the King of the Missions.” As (apparently) some people have no idea what the California missions are, I’ll explain.
Basically, this Spanish Catholic friar, Padre Junipero Serra, came to California in the 1700s and founded a series of missions on the California coast. Each was supposed to be about a mule ride away from each other so you could travel from mission to mission and never have to sleep on the ground.
These missions were founded to Christianize the Indians (or … Native Americans … as I have now been told they are called …) and spread the Gospel.
There are twenty-one of these (nine founded by Padre Serra). We saw two of them in California … San Luis Rey and the first one ever founded, San Diego de Alcala (which I have mysteriously lost my pictures of, sadly).
Cacti at San Luis Rey. This is for anyone who knows my sister. 😛 I actually took several pictures of @typativemamacat taking pictures of #theodorethedragon
Mission San Luis Rey. Yep. Had fun there. Almost interrupted a Mass and made fun of dead people. *nods* And no, I’m not joking …
All me and the kids (and my dad in the background) at San Luis Rey. And hey, I wasn’t wearing my coat! I was wearing a sweatshirt, though … and I remember that day being warm. Like I said, I don’t understand myself …
The inner courtyards …
And the beach! This is at Camp Pendleton, the Marine base at Oceanside. It was actually a pretty nice day.
The kids made a wall to fight the waves. Spoiler alert: the tide won.
Thad climbed on stuff. Big surprise … he always climbs on stuff … and generally falls off it, too …
That camera hog again … eating sand this time. And now he’s a Giants fan. MAKE UP YOUR MIND ALREADY!
And sand! Well, that’s it for today! I know that wasn’t a ton of pictures, but I’m running late, and I unfortunately deleted quite a few of them as it is. So most of the others are family pictures or repeats (because sometimes two photos is better than one). We also went to LEGOLAND, but my camera wasn’t functioning that day … and we did other stuff that just wasn’t worth photographing, such as, you know, hanging out and playing board games and stuff.