Thursday, September 6, 2012

Road Trip #2 - 2012 - Day 14

Wednesday, August 29 - San Diego, CA to Port Hueneme, CA

Beginning odometer: 44,422
Departure time: 10:20 p.m.

We began our day with a big breakfast in San Diego, before heading out of town.

We took a combination of Highway 1 and Highway 5, headed north, toward Port Hueneme, CA. The Husband's cousin and husband have lived in this city for years and we have never visited their home. This trip was the perfect opportunity to rectify this situation.

During our drive up the coast, we continued to be amazed at the agriculture in California. We saw fields of blueberries, strawberries, pimentos, onions, cabbage and orchards of nut trees (almonds, walnuts, pistachios). We probably saw other fruits and vegetables, but just didn't recognize the plants. We both knew that California produced vast quantities of food, but it is overwhelming to see the variety in the fields. Especially for us Okies who are used to seeing cattle and limited crops.

At one point in the drive, we took a break and stopped for a snack at Paradise Cove, located in Malibu, CA. We didn't know anything about this restaurant, we just stopped on a whim. The restaurant has beach access and because it was a beautiful day, the place was crawling with traffic. Everyone has to pay for parking and it's expensive. However, if you spend more than $25 in the restaurant, you only have to pay $3 for 4 hours of parking. Quite the money making business, and we hadn't even ordered a drink!

The parking lot was full and we had to drive around for several minutes before finding a spot on the last row of the lot. As we walked across the lot, winding our way through parked cars, I stepped into an open area and in front of me were a man and a woman. He was walking fast and talking fast over his shoulder. She was scurrying behind him, telling him what he needed to do.

I took one look and blurted out, "Are you Jarrod and Brandi?"

He never looked up, but said, "Yes, we are." and kept on walking.

She looked up, smiled, and said, "Hey. How are you doing?" and kept on walking.

I felt I had just stepped into an episode of Storage Wars! Then, I felt like a big dork because I totally butted into their conversation. My only excuse was I was so surprised to see them, my mouth engaged before my brain!

The Husband and I don't watch reality tv. We just don't. However, we do watch this show. We both enjoy the treasure hunt of the lockers. We enjoy all the characters and their fussing back and forth with each other. But, we especially enjoy when Brandi fusses at Jarrod! (Brandi is as cute in person as she is on the show.)

When we decided to stop at Paradise Cove, we had no idea of it's history as movie and tv show locations. If we are ever in the area again, we will certainly stop in for more fun.

After we left Paradise Cove, we finished our drive to The Cousins' house, arriving at 4:30 p.m. It was so nice to see them again and be in their lovely and comfortable home. She prepared a great dinner that we really enjoyed. It was the first home cooked meal we'd had since leaving home and it was delicious!

After we cleaned up the dishes, we went to the Port Hueneme Pier to watch the sunset.

The Cousin's Husband, The Husband, The Cousin

Me, The Husband

We returned to the house and had chocolate cake. Yum, yum! This was a great evening with family.

Ending odometer: 44,598
Miles driven: 176


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