J & Mom's road trip in search of food, music, and the left coast - or - 3,000 miles of barbecue
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We made it - here we are at Big Dean's on Muscle Beach in Santa Monica again. (Winkie has to start spending her birthdays in more upscale places.) Julia is settled into her dorm at UCLA and busy reconnecting with friends.
We quickly had to void the 'no interstate' rule (this is a big country), but managed to eat only in local restaurants/diners/cafes/dives. We found friendly people wherever we went, who shared their opinions, hopes and dreams with us.
After 3,700 miles, mom and daughter are still speaking, and amicably. We also gained some surprising new insights about each other.