Driving to LA

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
Trip End May 20, 2010

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Today we had a nice drive down the rest of the coast to LA.  We got away on time for a change, had a quick 30 min breakfast of Pancakes and Bacon with Maple Syrup, and we were off.

We missed Kismet the day before - my Uncle Will told me about this place, because it has a huge Discount outlet for brands such as Levi's and Nike, but I thought it was after San Simeon but it was just out of SF !  Oh well, the one pair of Jeans I brought with me are getting a little fresh now, so plan B will be to find another pair of good pants to wear on a casual basis.

We found a Walmart on the GPS and checked it out.  It felt exactly like a massive K-mart or BigB, with a McDondalds inside and a full supermarket thrown in for good measure.  We found some discontinued lines, and grabbed some nice $2 tops for lauren and a nice outfit. Sean got a gold trimmed Hard Rocker "SpongeBob and Patrick" T-Shirt for $5 and some pants for another $5.  Soo cheap. Easily worth $25 back home each. 

We then made it to Santa Barbara, where the main part of town is totally spanish style buildings.  We got a couple of souveniers and walked the town for an hour and a half, grabbing some lunch.  Then we got back on the road.  here we got lost, because the GPS was mis-programmed as I used a way-point to adjust the route, and it took as back to it because we didn't actually pass through it.  Wont be doing that again lol.  As fate/luck would have it, this caused us to drive past the Point Mugu Navel Base and visit Missile Park.  Here are two real ex fighter aircraft, decommissioned and mounted like model planes.  But these were real ones !  Plus all the air to air, and Air to surface missiles  past and present used by the air-force.  I took a picture of each one of course, but they are too many to upload here. It was so wicked.

 Just outside of Malibu, there was a very serious head on smash ahead of us earlier in the day.  Three ambulances and two patrol cars, plus Fire was there.  We were lucky and only had to wait for about 20 minutes before the road was cleared.  It must have been there for a while, as people had left their cars to walk down the road for a better view of what was going on. Must have been couple of hundred cars over 3 miles waiting, as we could see the huge line form our spot as it curved around following the coast in front of us.

Malibu was not as impressive as the blurb and what you see on TV.  Most of what we could see from the road was worn and run down, with the rich houses either up on the beautiful hills, or right on the beach with beach private frontages - blocked from view to plebs driving past gawking. It was past in 10 mins my recollection of the place was being sort of cut off by a rich ?$%?#% in a new porche as he raced in front of me, into a service station in Mailbu. We both entered, and I thought how thankful he must be, no doing that in WA, were he would have been road raged into a painful lesson, new porche or not.  He even looked and acted stuck up. His wife stayed in the car adjusting her makeup artfully in the rear view mirror without actually doing anything.

Entering LA, the traffic gradually kept building and building, and we traversed some of the major freeways to get to our hotel, at one time, 5 lanes on our side.  And all full of cars, even on the Sunday afternoon ! We checked in, and I had to squeeze the car into the Hotels underground car park.  I did a 1 million point turn inside and reversed into the only bay large enough to hold the beast, which was ironically in the deepest corner of the garage !  Probably why it was free at 7:30pm at night.  The roof racks only just cleared the ceiling pipes by millimeters and I'm not exaggerating.  I only noticed after I got out, and the only reason I know it fitted, was because I got in. Now the luggage is out, it might not get out again lol.   So we are checked in Safely, and despite Char saying she wanted to write a blog, her and the kids are all soundly asleep - an I am going to join them.

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MUM on

Looks like your having a good time. Keep sending photos love looking at them. Don't stress Charmayne. Dad safely at your house now. Laure and sean, it's not long till you get to Disneyland. Hope yopu have fun at Universal Studios(Ithink thats where you are going.)

Love Grandma

Peta on

Hey guys, can you send us dates and flights that you get to/leave so we can keep track. Sean Jaydon won his first game of footy on the weekend by 76 points. Collingwood smashed Essendon.


cammo on

Hi peta we are currently in LA saw some paparazzi around, saw ben afflecks gate because anyone famous has huge hedges and fences around their house. We went to griffith observatory today and on the way up came across a huge filming location setup with cameras star trailers etc, try to see stars but must have been hiding, but get this when we got to the observeratory another film crew was there filming a documentry and while we us 4 were looking at this statue the lady doing the doco had to walk over near us, while she talked and we could here the director saying keep rolling. So we are in some type of doco unless its on the cutting room floor. Cam then dropped me and the kids off about 3 blocks from the hotel i walked the streets from trader joes thats the name of the supermarket which was a very eye opening experience. whilst we were dodging cars homeless people and looking the correct way cam was walking back from the car hire place and as he walked near the kodak theatre low and behold, there is the iron man 3 premiere with all the stars arriving, he got to see mickey rouke and hugh heifner.oh Cam has just arrived back from the local supermarket were he has just bumped into guy sebastin. Wow still waiting to see george i have his address maybe i need to go stalking tomorrow. Cams out tonight with shan having dinner the kids and i just want to rest. Any way we catch bus to vegas on the 29th, then fly to ny on the 3rd then train it to dc on the 7th, then fly to orlando on the 9th. Having a great time still cant believe we are in the us seeing all those things we see on the movies. Hey drove through beverly hills today have a really funny story to tell when we get back one of those stories we need to tell in person. Luv to u all Char

Olivia on

Wow just looking at the photos i can see that you are having so much FUN!

of cause i still miss you can everyone at school miah told me to say
"hi lozzie miss u heaps" um bonny wanted me to say "hi lauren i miss u soooo..... much and that i dont like lizards" wierd, i know, and well then i told them that i wont remember all of them! lol

i hope going to L.A. isent to boring in a car although i dont think it would be, cause u are like in another county!

luv from

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