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Southern California Update

Just a quick update for you from San Diego, CA.  Maggie and I left  Minnesota early last Thursday bound for sunny Los Angeles and our first stop was the Getty Museum on the hills over looking LA.  The museum had lots of good art, some cool gardens and some great views of LA.

Getty Center Museum

Also Thursday afternoon we took in a taping of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  We barely got seats, but we did, and fairly good ones.  The guests were Dennis Miller, Freida Pinto (actress in Slumdog Millionaire) and the composer of some of the songs from Slumdog Millionaire.

Tonight Show

Friday we visited Hollywood, hiking around Hollywood Blvd and the Sunset Strip in the beautiful sunny 70 degree weather.  They were preparing the Kodak Theatre for the Oscars so we got to see them preparing the red carpet, which was cool.  In the afternoon we headed to Venice Beach to get in some beach time while it was still warm and sunny.  The ocean water was chilly, so we just sat on the beach and soaked up some sun, strolled the beach walk and watched some street performers.

Venice Beach

Saturday we drove to Temecula, CA and wine country!  Our first stop was Old Town Temecula, which is basically a strip of street with old time shops, mostly antiques and places to eat.  Afterward we headed to the Falkner Winery (one of many wineries in Temecula) to sample some southern California wines. It was fun to taste all of their wines and watch the chatty drunk 20-somethings who had clearly been to a few wineries already taste the wine.  We followed the winery up with some late afternoon hiking in a park on a nearby plateau where we discovered some crazy looking trees.

Southern California Wine Country

Sunday (today) we drove to San Diego to visit the world famous San Diego Zoo.  No we didn’t see any tigers roaming around attacking zoo-goers, but we did see lots of cool animals and some cute animal babies.  We spent 5 and 1/2 hours at the zoo, but the day went by fast!  It was definitely the best Zoo I’ve ever been too, highly recommended!  After the zoo we headed to the historic Hotel Del Coronado, just outside of San Diego, on the Pacific Ocean.  We hiked around the beach and enjoyed some pizza in a nearby pizzeria.

San Diego Zoo

So far it has been a great trip, and we’re only 1/2 done!  Up next, 1 more day in San Diego, 2 days on Catalina Island and a day back in LA at DisneyLand.  We are DEFINITELY not missing weather back home in Minnesota!

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