Today we set off on a weeklong vacation in California. Our first suprise was finding an inch of snow on the ground as we pulled out of the driveway. Our second surprise was driving down the street behind our house and noticing that someone had left the kids’ bathroom light on. After turning around to turn off the light, we began the long drive to Southern California in earnest.
When we woke up this morning to an inch of snow on the ground, the warm winds of Southern California seemed welcome. When we got stuck in traffic on I-15 because of the Southern California fires, the warm Santa Anna winds didn’t seem so great after all. We finally arrived at our hotel in Newport after passing flames along the freeway. The sky was black with smoke and the entire state smells like a campfire but we are just glad to be done driving and glad that the hotel isn’t in the fire zone.
The kids did pretty good in the car on the way down. The worst part was being stuck in traffic for most of the afternoon. The best part was the first time a kid asked “are we there yet?” – Samuel won the prize for asking that question just before we got to Provo (about 20 minutes after we left).
Tomorrow the plan is to sleep in, hang out, go swimming, and generally just relax. We’ll also be at Disneyland for a couple of days this week. We’re hopeful that the smoke and heat will die down a bit towards the end of the week.