We had a fun-filled trip to California last month! We couldn't have asked for it to be any better!
We knew it was going to be good from the moment we got to the SLC Airport...I mean, based on Irish legend our gate was literally a pot of gold!
Our first full day in California, we all went to the beach at Corona del Mar. There are some cool rock formations next to the beach that we climbed around when we first got there. Turns out flip-flops are not the most gripping of all footwear.
Mom and Dad were living the life while we were gone exploring!
I think Dad was hoping we wouldn't ever come back. (Just kidding!)
I never knew that BBQ's on the beach even existed! Turns out I had been missing one of life's greatest things!
Mom, Dad, Gretchen, Caitlin, me, and Erin (who was unfortunately on the other side of the camera).
Can't have hot dogs without s'mores!
The ocean breeze gave Caitlin a cool lion's mane...
...There was no controlling it.
It was a beautiful evening on the beach! (Ignore the ever-prevalent trash cans in this picture.)
One of the best sunsets ever.
The next evening we went to the Newport Beach Temple--first time since we were married there two years ago!
The next day was our Los Angeles tour! I had never actually been inside the city and was really excited to see it. Many thanks to Mom for being our chauffeur and tour guide throughout the whole day!
Disney Concert Hall
After a pretty intense run-in with the LAPD (two squad cars cut us off and stormed a house with guns drawn), we made it Hollywood!
The Wookiees (correct spelling according to starwars.com) on Hollywood Blvd almost took Mom out!
The Harry Potter handprints/footprints square.
Walk of Fame
After Hollywood we went to the Los Angeles Farmers' Market and had lunch at historic Du-par's Restaurant.
Next, we took a stroll down Sunset Blvd. It is a little fancier than the Sunset Blvd I grew up on in Montana...
From Sunset Blvd we went to Santa Monica Blvd to see the Los Angeles Temple!
It proved to be a pretty tiring day for us!
The next morning we enjoyed another of life's greatest things: donuts at Newport Beach!
All too soon our time was out, and we found ourselves right back at the Long Beach Airport again. At least we had a direct flight back to SLC though, right?
Wrong. They thought there might be a gas leak on our plane, so we turned around and emergency landed in Las Vegas. Luckily they ensured us it would just be a quick stop to check the plane and then continue on.
Turns out there are no mechanics in Las Vegas for our type of plane, so they had to fly someone in from SLC.
Long story short: ten hours and a new plane later, we were finally back on our way to SLC. Needless to say, it was a later night than we wanted before Caitlin's first day at her new job!