Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jennifer's California Trip, Part 6

We visited the Cabrillo National Monument, which commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay. The monument is located at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula. Cabrillo was the first European to reach the US west coast.

Cabrillo National Monument
Cabrillo National Monument

View of San Diego from Point Loma Peninsula

Old Point Loma Lighthouse
 We walked around downtown and saw the USS Midway, but we didn't have time to actually get on and check it out. Next time, I'll bring Ed and we can go together.

USS Midway

At Seaport Village, we looked through several shops, including a hat shop with nearly every kind of hat you can think of.

We also checked out several of the beach areas, including La Jolla. The seals were out to play!

Seals at La Jolla beach

La Jolla beach

La Jolla beach

Jessica and Daniel B. at La Jolla
 Well, that's all for my trip to southern California!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jennifer's California Trip, Part 5

In San Diego, we also went to Balboa Park. There were museums, indoor and outdoor gardens, and other attractions. We took a trolley ride around the park as well.

Balboa Park San Diego

Balboa Park San Diego

Balboa Park San Diego

Balboa Park San Diego

See the cute turtle?

koi in the pond

Jessica & Daniel B.

Balboa Park San Diego

Alexis and Daniel B.

Daniel B. and Jennifer

Balboa Park San Diego

Balboa Park San Diego

Balboa Park San Diego

It's a big park, so we didn't get to see and do everything. Maybe next time we can check out the museums. Still more to come!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Jennifer's California Trip, Part 4

Alexis and I went down to San Diego to see my brother, Daniel B., for the rest of our trip. We also got to visit with some family friends (of Jennifer's family) that Jennifer hadn't seen in over 20 years while we were there. We went to Old Town San Diego, which is considered the "birthplace" of California and the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. It includes lots of shops, restaurants, museums, and historical sites.
Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego

Wells Fargo Museum: Carriage (Daniel B. to the left)

Old Town San Diego
 Telegraph equipment

Daniel B. and Jennifer communicated across the museum via Morse code.

Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego

Daniel B. appreciating primitive technology

Old Town San Diego
Immaculate Conception Church (Catholic)
We went to a lot of places and took a lot of photos, so in an effort not to have an insanely long post, I'm breaking up the San Diego posts. More in Part 5!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jennifer's California Trip, Part 3

The next morning, we went back to LA. TFF did the last U.S. show of their 2011 tour at the Wiltern that night. When we got back to LA around 1 pm or so, we drove by the Wiltern on our way to the Ramada just down the street (where we stayed that night), and saw that the show was sold out. We also saw one of the girls who was at the concert the night before who had supposedly been sitting in "line" (there was no line until late afternoon) since 9:30 am!

Wiltern Los Angeles

Tears for Fears concert Wiltern

We were in the first actual row, but the orchestra pit was in front of us (evidently, those were different, more expensive tickets). We still had a decent view, but not as good as the night before.

Tears for Fears concert Wiltern
View from the 1st row behind pit
After the show, the opening act, Michael Wainwright, came out to meet and greet. He also sings backups for TFF.

Alexis and Michael Wainwright
The next day, we went down to San Diego to visit with my brother. More on that in Part 4!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Jennifer's California Trip, Part 2

We took a little detour for one day and night to go to Las Vegas for a Tears for Fears (TFF) concert. We would probably have never even thought about going to Las Vegas if they hadn't been doing a show there. The normal attractions are so not our idea of fun. The views on the drive over were nice:

The show was great. It was at the Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa, which isn't right smack in the middle of everything, so it was quieter and the view was better.

View from parking deck of Red Rock hotel

Lobby area of Red Rock hotel
The concert was outside near the pool, and the weather was perfect. We got second-row seats! We only got a couple of photos:

Stage before the show from our 2nd-row seats

TFF's Roland Orzabal performing in Las Vegas
We were really glad we went to that show, because we got a lot closer to the stage in Las Vegas than we did the following night back in LA. More on that in Part 3.