In what was a very lovely break from work and winter weather, and a wonderful chance to visit with family, Dave and I spend Christmas and New Years this year (or last year, or whatever) in California with his family.
Christmas and New Years were both very properly celebrated with chocolate and wine and ham and lots of goodies.
Touristy things were visited.
The Hollywood sign from Griffith Observatory.
Sunny and smoggy downtown LA from Griffith Observatory.
Personally the most exciting touristy thing over vacation was getting the change to see a gray whale migrating off the coast. At Point Vincente, volunteers track the whale migration. This time of year the whales are heading south to birth their young. We had been to this spot before for whale watching, but despite our previous hours of patience, had not actually seen anything.
This time around we were treated to a gray whale upon our arrival. I know it looks small…it’s cooler in person. Really.
Christmas presents were played with.
No, this isn’t a picture of the family contemplating the skies or the meaning of the Korean Friendship Bell.
They’re checking out Dave’s kite, with it’s 9′ wingspan and 50′ tails.
Quite honestly, I’m shocked that the kite didn’t fly away or launch one of us into the Pacific Ocean.
But the most important we got to do in California was visit with lots of family and friends! I only wish we lived closer so that we could visit more often.
Now we’re both back in the swing of work, and almost over the colds that we got after returning to Chicago. Blah.