Road Tripping thru Southern California | Mother Daughter Edition
She hasn’t come out and just said it….but I know Levi takes up way more of our time. He’s 2 and requires way more time and attention than a 13 year old does on
some most days. She’s such an amazing big sister and she never complains if we ask her to keep an eye on him here or there while we mow the grass, run to the grocery store or just to keep him occupied while we load the dishwasher. I wanted to do something special for just her and I that would require just the two of us and she could have my full attention.
I asked her where she wanted to go and every single time she’d say she wanted to see the Hollywood sign. I tried to convince her otherwise explaining that it wasn’t what she thought it would be and that they make Hollywood look so much different on T.V. than it actually is in real life but she insisted. I remembered why we were taking this trip in the first place-so we could spend time doing something she loved- so I booked the tickets and off we went to the west coast with my suitcase and my iphone! Yes, all photos were taken on an iphone! 🙂
We had so much fun, put lots of miles on the car (803 to be exact) taking mini road trips all throughout SoCal and created lots of memories and shared lots of laughs. So much so that I am going to make this an annual trip with each year having a different destination and a different city to explore! I have 5 more years to have a “school aged” daughter before she heads off to college and I want to take advantage of her company while I can. Thanks to my photographer friend Allison, who put us up on her beautiful home in Pasadena and who provided not only friendly hospitality but amazing conversation and belly laughs!! I will treasure this trip for years to come! <3
In total, we visited:
The Hollywood sign near Griffiths Observatory
TCL Chinese Theatre
Warner Brothers Studios
Drove the Pacific North Highway
Santa Monica Pier
Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego
La Jolla Cove sealions
Laguna Beach + the Pirate Beach Tower
Palm Springs Windmills in Coachella Valley
Joshua Tree National Park
Visited the American landmark the Hollywood sign from Griffiths Park situated on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Toured Hollywood Blvd and visited museums where we were able to try on props from movies/shows filmed and saw the walk of fame.
Visited the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. It’s an iconic theatre where they host the movie premiers and display the hand, footprints and autographs of more than 200 stars.
A Tour of the Warner Brothers Studio headquarters in Burbank California where we learned about how movies and tv shows are made.
- Backlots and soundstage
- The Prop Department
- Stage 48
- A live set
Paramount Ranch Located in Agoura Hills, California near Malibu Creek State Park. It served as a Hollywood filming location and outdoor studio for Paramount Pictures. This cinematic history of the ranch is now preserved by the National Park Service as part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The park’s main attraction and most interesting facet is Western Town, a couple blocks of prop buildings used from the 1950s to present day as an outdoor set for film and television show.
Drove the Pacific Coast highway thru Malibu
Santa Monica Pier was constructed in 1909 and was the first concrete pier on the West Coast
Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. It opened in 1888 and it was the largest resort hotel in the world. It hosted presidents, royalty and celebrities and was featured in numerous movies and books. It’s one of the few surviving expels of American architectural genre and is the second largest wooden structures in the US. The beach also has sparkles, from the mineral mica glinting in its sand.
La Jolla Cove Seals and Sea Lions and exploring the caves and marine life in the tide pools.
Watched the pacific sunset at Laguna Beach and the mysterious pirate beach tower of Victoria Beach. It’s a 60 foot castle inspired tower and was built around 1926.
Palm Springs Windmills in the Coachella Valley. Wind turbines are used for a source of power by the U.S Department of Energy.
Joshua Tree National State Park in the Mojave Desert. It has two distance desert ecosystems and is the only habitats where the Joshua Tree can grow. We also saw and climbed the boulder piles throughout the park.
Did I mention that Mallory saw her first Drag Show in Palm Springs?! hahaa