Initially when Matt told me about the possibility of the trip, he kept throwing out words like "Hollywood" and "Santa Barbara" and "L.A." I almost didn't believe him. Guys, I hadn't even seen a palm tree before! I'd only heard about these places in movies! In songs! There was no way.
As it turns out, you don't have to be famous to enter Los Angeles! Who knew?!
Matt and I (mostly Matt) carefully calculated all expenses for the trip and we started saving up months in advance. We proudly left Utah with a big envelope of cash and zero debt. Hooray!
We carpooled with Matt's sister and her husband and, boy, was that CR-V impressively packed. On the drive there we took the exit to Las Vegas because none of us had seen the strip before. I think it's safe to say Las Vegas is the strangest place I have ever seen. Impressive. But downright strange. I'm glad I saw it because now I never have to see it again. :)
Finally, after traffic like I had never witnessed before, we made it to a town outside L.A. where we'd be staying for a few days until the reunion festivities began. Stepping out of the car, it hit me. Humidity. Oh! This is what that feels like! Everything about this area of California seemed other-worldly to me, right down to the greenery.
|Napping with Carly in the greenest backyard I have ever had a privilege of napping.|
|OMG! PALM TREES!|
The closest I got to seeing anyone noteworthy was the Walk of Fame. Oh and a guy dressed up as Darth Vader. Here's my best buds Michael and Phil:
Of course we had to get a glimpse of the Hollywood sign and stand in the middle of the road to snap some pics (much to the dismay of the locals.)
|Matt and Luke swimming in the waves :)|
|Fun fact: Luke is currently serving an LDS mission in Arkansas!|
|Papa Kirt was a lifesaver this trip! Carly sure loves you!|
|Again, just like the movies. Couldn't believe it.|
|"Oh yeah! It's our 2-year anniversary! *kiss*"|
|Thanks for helping me stretch that out, hon.|
|Hey! That one turned out cute!|
|And back to the crazy.|
|Ignore my lazy eyes...and this one is cute too!|
|The group minus Trevor and David|
The next day we took a little break from all the go-go-go and beach bummed for a few hours near the Santa Barbara harbor. That evening Matt, Lorry, and her husband David ran a 5k while the kiddos and I cheered them on. We finished the day with dinner at Matt's cousin's gourmet pizza place. YUM.
|I couldn't get enough of these funny lookin' trees!|
After that, we spent the next few days camping on the Carpinteria State Beach Campground for the Reid family reunion. Really though. We camped 200yrds from the beach. Cool huh?
|The man of the week: Grandpa Bob|
|The Gigi Bare Group. I love these people.|
|The whole clan. Groovy colors eh?|