So as you may have surmised from my most recent photo updates, I just got back from a vacation to California.
I went out with my parents with two main goals in mind: to visit family that lives out there (my Mom was born and raised in San Diego and her siblings are still out there) and to drive down Pacific Coast Highway. All in all, it was a pretty fantastic trip; lasting a grand total of 2 weeks.
We flew into San Francisco first. I usually like big cities (New York, Tokyo...) but, honestly, can't say that San Francisco appealed very much to me. It was just crammed full of so many people, it seemed like you couldn't ever get anywhere easily. I suspect if I had more time (and perhaps a younger crowd than my parents with me... love them, but we don't exactly share many of the same interests) to explore, I would like it more.
I did really like the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco though. It was absolutely gorgeous and I loved photographing it. The delicious sencha and mochi didn't hurt it any either
From San Francisco, we began our trek down the coast. The fog was hanging low and over the coast for some of the trip, but it cleared up enough to let my father and me get some decent pictures of the ocean. Dad may have been a bit overzealous in his picture taking, as he pulled off at nearly every stop along the highway to get out and photograph the view. This meant stopping, literally, at an average of every two minutes and made an 80 mile trip take about 5 hours. I enjoyed seeing the view, and was able to shoot some good photos myself, but by the end of the day Mom and I were threatening to leave him if he pulled over one more time!
We stopped in Monterey and Santa Barbara as we went and got to see both Hearst Castle and Getty's Villa...which were basically old houses that used to be owned by extravagantly wealthy gentlemen with a penchant for collecting extravagantly expensive things. It was rather amazing to see the sorts of things they had. Lots of photos of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian statuary will probably be trickling in to my account here
It was in one of those buildings that I realized my camera, with the flash off, can still take a photo indoors in which objects that weren't easily viewable to my eye because of the gloom show up perfectly fine in the photograph. I confess to a certain amount of bafflement regarding this.
Finally, we got to San Diego. I've visited that city so many times now that it feels like a second home. Two highlights of the trip: visiting the ship the Star of India- which I took a strange and intense liking to the first time I visited it- and seeing my Aunt Janet. All told, I took about 50 pictures of the Star despite the overcast foggy sky. And I managed to spend a few hours alone with my Aunt in a coffee shop dubbed Lestat's. It made for a very successful trip
And now I'm home, sorting through hundreds of pictures and trying to both console my cat and convince her that it's too hot to console her while she's sitting on my lap. Huzzah.