Sandra's sister, Anna, was staying with us for the summer. It
was her first trip to the U.S.A. and we wondered what we could do to
make her trip memorable. Naturally, the first thing that came to
mind was California. Hollywood is what people from overseas
know, and mostly what they believe America is like, so naturally when
she visited us in Vancouver, she was underwhelmed. We weren't
going to let her be disappointed, so we set off on a road trip for ten
days in July, 1996.
trip took us first to San Mateo, located in the bay area, to visit
Sandra's relatives. We spent the day with Gina, Pola, Gerzen,
and Barrick and they showed us around nearby San Francisco, where we
spent the night and next day exploring. We then motored off to
San Jose, the largest city in Northern California, and Monterey.
We didn't spend much time there, but rather set off along the
beautiful California coastal highway Route 1 toward Los Angeles and
San Diego, our other primary destinations. Along the way, we
stopped in Malibu, Santa Barbara, Long Beach, Newport, and Pismo Beach
to check out the towns. We spent a day and night at Six Flags
Magic Mountain amusement park, where we rode every ride they had.
That was a blast. We spent the next day and night in Anaheim, of
course visiting Disneyland. Sandra had been to Disneyland once
before, but it was the first time for Anna and I. It really does
have a magical feeling.
our agenda was Hollywood, where we took a convertible Cadillac tour of
Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Hollywood. While we were there, we also
visited Universal Studios and
celebrated Anna's 17th birthday. Then it was off to San Diego to
see Sea World. We watched all their shows and had a lot of fun.
At the end of our trip, we were exhausted. We had planned to hop
across the border to Tijuana, and also to check out the San Diego Zoo,
but Anna, at 17, wasn't too into those things. So, we set off
for home, but passing through Sacramento at mid-day in 95°F heat, our
air conditioning broke. The rest of the trip home seemed to take
a long, long time. We were exhausted and had to sleep at a rest
stop on the way back, since we had planned to drive straight through
the night. All told, our trip lasted ten days and nine nights.
returned to San Francisco/San Mateo twice more since then, so counting
Sandra's trip to San Mateo before we were married, that's four times
so far. California is a nice place to visit, but the climate is
so arid and much of the state is smog-ridden. We enjoyed the San
Francisco area very much, however. If we lived in California,
that is probably where it would be, despite the highest cost of living
West of the Mississippi. San Diego was very pleasant as well.
It had bright sunshine, beautiful water, and was never too hot or too
cold. Our trip was a success and we all had fun.
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