Matt’s birthday was a couple weeks ago and I’d asked him weeks before what he wanted to do. His response was something to the effect of “Eh, I don’t know.” Of course it was. The guy who never wants for anything married the girl with no creativity when it comes to planning things like birthday celebrations.
So with no ideas from him or me I figured we’d end up just doing dinner and a movie or something. 42 opened that Friday and he’s definitely a baseball guy. It seemed pretty likely we’d end up at that after a steak somewhere.
That was until I started writing again every day. When I blog I like to play Pandora or iTunes or some other music. It’s my favorite way to get inspired. Why I didn’t just think of that for planning Matt’s celebration in the first place is beyond me. But then I clicked to shuffle and the Barry Manilow station was still selected.
And then “Just Once” by James Ingram came on. I started laughing immediately and had a full twelve-year flashback of all the road trips we used to take. In the early days neither of us had a CD player in our cars let alone an iPod dock (um, yeah it was 1999, wtf was an iPod?). So when we traveled we were at the mercy of the local radio selections.
It’s pretty safe to say we heard our fair share of James Ingram over the years. And damn if I won’t car dance to just about anything. So when it came on that day I knew a birthday road trip was in order.
We ended up coastal, in Ventura. Enjoy!
|Matt wanted to veer off the highway by way of Eagle Mountain. What, no tumbleweeds?|
|Sadly however we were denied access and had to take that long lonely road back to the freeway.|
We drove for about 190 more miles and hit two walls...
|A wall of traffic and a wall of smog. Welcome to Los Angeles!|
|Random road trip adventures are so us. Eating his birthday dinner in a diner while on a road trip is also so us.|
Matt had biscuits and gravy and I had a corned beef reuben.
Both pretty good but I wouldn't say they were worthy of this...
|Though the '50's be-bop wall-mounted jukeboxes were pretty cool.|
Exhausted from the eight hours in the car we made out way back to the hotel and crashed.
|And nothing would keep us from the beach the next day!|
Up and out early we rode the PCH up to Santa Barbara and cruised around taking loads of photos of interesting architecture and the ocean.
|Despite it being April the coast felt more like June gloom than sunshine spring.|
But we didn't care, it was all about having some salty wind in our hair, seaglass hunting, and relaxing.
|Couldn't be a better spot to stop and have some lunch.|
Sadly we couldn't stay too long after that, our drive back was still looming ahead.
So we packed up and I assumed that would be the end of the photos...
|And the lazy moon laying on her back pushed us all the way home.|
Posted for April 2013 A to Z Blog Challenge R is for Road Trip