Day Eleven: Seeing stars…

With the extra time in CA for this trip, we figured we would see what was going on in LA for a few hours. We drove down from Santa Maria through Santa Barbara getting Avery her favorite breakfast at the “pancake restaurant” AKA – IHOP. It’s funny how menus are different coast to coast, and the taxes… ugh.

We made our way to Beverley Hills, CA and just cruised through Rodeo drive and toured around some of the houses. It took a hot minute to find a parking garage we could fit in (regardless of what the attendant told us as he tried to tell us to leave AFTER we’d already driven a few levels down…). We took a walk around Hollywood and looked at the stars listed there. It reminds me of a few small blocks of Manhattan – only a bit more “Californian”.

We only stayed around LA for a few hours to start the drive to San Diego as we really wanted to get some sleep before the Zoo the next day.

After driving through the traffic, the girls were ready to take a break and we pulled off in Irvine for some dinner. We found “Spectrum” which is a large mall in Irvine just down the road from Mazda North American Operations.

We took some time to walk around the massive outdoor mall before eating, and heading out a bit later after dinner than expected. Unfortunately, San Diego was a bit painful to locate a decent hotel that wasn’t booked. We actually stayed at the Best Western “Plus” down by the marina. It was the first Best Western I’d stayed at but was actually a really nice hotel. Even had a walk out balcony making getting the bags in/out a lot easier.



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