i don't feel very relaxed right now. but not all vacations are rest and relaxation. this one hasn't been so far and probably won't be. i really didn't expect it to be. we knew coming out here it would be a lot of visiting family. that means a lot of time in the van and sitting in traffic. there are just too many people here. i don't have to remind myself that this was the reason we moved away. (the above picture was taken from the top of some foothills overlooking downtown los angeles. )
yesterday we went to the santa monica pier and walked around. even though it's a crowded place, it was quite pleasureable. it had been years since i've been there. but then we headed over to the hollywood area. that was a mistake. there was some kind of fair going on and you could barely walk or drive down the streets. after a while, it became unbearable.
today we drove down to dana point and met some family members for a family portrait. the time spent with family was great and i wish we had more time with each other. it was just the time spent on the freeways that wears me out. here is the family, on don's side. our hair is blowing all over the place, but it's still a good picture, next to the ocean and all.
tomorrow we head off to visit some of my side of the family. and tuesday we'll be going to disneyland. don't know when i'll get on this next, but i'll do my best.