Kitty Luca and I decided to take a week trip back to LA. We love many things about Portland, but also miss many of the people and parts of LA we came to love over the years. I was mostly looking forward to visiting a few friends, dining at my favorite local spots, sane driving speeds/drivers, and the sunshine! Kitty was definitely most excited about seeing her friends, their babies, and all the families in LA.
Instead of flying we decided to make it a family road trip. We bought a new Subaru Outback a few months ago and equipped it with a Thule box for snowboarding, camping, and family trips. We packed it up and headed out. Kitty had the great idea of putting tons of Luca’s books on one side of Luca’s carseat with an empty box on the other side. As he flipped through and finished Gruffalo, Bear Hunt, Nursery Rhymes, and his other 50+ books in stow he would take them and deposit them into the empty box. When we stopped at a rest area we would swap boxes and start all over again. We also took a moment to run around.
We stopped in Benicia on the way down and again on the way back up to visit with my Uncle Eric, Auntie Judy, and twins Enid and Eliza. Luca loved all their musical instruments, their backyard view of trains and boats, football cards, and their dog Harley… but most of all he loved their blackberries!
In Pasadena!! I got a big smile on my face as we crossed the 210 into Pasadena. We headed over to the Paseo and Islands to have my favorite Kilauea Burger. They were having their annual chalk art festival. Luca loved the art, music, and people watching.
Swim time at the hotel
We met up with Kristine and Luca’s first girlfriend, Leah, for brunch the next morning
He took her on a plane ride
They walked over to the swings
Then it was time for goodbyes
We had dinner at C&Os in Marina del Rey with Kitty’s USC friends and their families
On to the Santa Monica pier for a picnic with food from Heirloom. Luca loved loved loved the beach. He built sand castles, chased seagulls, and played with his dad in the waves.
We stopped by to visit with all the families from our old condo on Magnolia Ave
DISNEYLAND!!! For those of you who have been to Disneyland with me you’ll know this stop was more for me than Luca, but he had a good time too. One of my friends from UO who has been living in LA for years works at Disney and hooked us up with free tickets. Thanks again Barry! Luca has not stopped talking about four things. 1) Holding Mickey’s hand 2) High-five with Tigger 3) Fireworks 4) Pirates scary (my bad).
As soon as the Pirates of the Caribbean ride started and the talking skull warned Luca of what was to come he signed and exclaimed All Done! We told him anytime a pirate scared him to stick his tongue out at him and call him silly. That seemed to do the trick. Afterwards it was time for Churro and a break with mom.
“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”