My husband and I recently endured a nightmare that began in early December when I was mugged and our car was stolen. Everything wound up being resolved pretty well. Our car was never recovered, so in the end we got a new car out of it. (Please, if you don’t have it already, sign up for comprehensive insurance immediately.) I would have liked to see the little creep put in jail, and there was an entire case of SmartWater in the trunk, but otherwise I can’t complain. The new car? Awesome. And because my husband has a Vespa that he uses for his commute (and pretty much everything else) I got to pick out the car. This means it’s a stick shift, which means I have to teach an old dog new tricks (how he never learned to drive stick is beyond me) if I don’t want to be the only driver indefinitely. This doesn’t worry me. What I am concerned about, though, is where to go for our first out-of-town trip. My husband wants to go to San Francisco for a concert. I am totally OK with this plan in theory, but there are two problems: it could be pricy, and that’s a long trip for my pelvis to endure (I’m pregnant). The seats are super-comfy, but I’d still be sitting for six hours.
Anyway, to get to my (incredibly long-winded) point, I am looking into possible day trips. The goal is to drive a couple hours, see nice scenery, eat, possibly “do” something, and either come home or spend the night in a cheap motel. (Er, but not too cheap…)
I’m looking for ideas.
We have a bunch of guidebooks, but they all seem to be from 1999. Southern California Off The Beaten Path is still fairly relevant, since state parks and the like don’t tend to close down, but Lonely Planet LA and The Underground Guide to Los Angeles are both pretty much obsolete (one lists hours for the Griffith Park Observatory, which has been closed for renevations for approximately three hundred years). We don’t even have a Thomas Guide or street map, since they were both in the stolen car. We have a 2002 Not For Tourists guide, which is still too old but at least the maps are correct.
So I guess the first thing is to buy a new map and/or guidebook. Any suggestions?
Next up is a plan. Whenever we have out-of-town guests or just need to get out of the city, we go to the same place – The Devil’s Punchbowl out in the Angeles National Forest, near Lancaster/Palmdale. It’s gorgeous (
I’ll add a photo as soon as I figure out how see photo above). We love it. We need something new.
My preference is for something that does not necessarily involve other people, costs very little if anything, can be done in one day, and is worth reporting back on.
Please. Inundate me with your ideas.
In the meantime, I think it is pretty funny that my husband and I literally cannot drive each other’s vehicles.