Woohoo let Summer Vacation 2013 commence.
Ryan’s folks are going to be in Vegas from Monday through Thursday so we came out to join them, but as I like to extend my vacations as long as possible I didn’t see the point in taking off of work for the entire week and then spend my weekends in CT. With that, an extended trip was planned that included driving from LA to Vegas yesterday so that we could spend next weekend in Disneyland before flying home.
A 5+ hour flight and 4+ hours of driving coupled with lack of sleep and mini-jet lag meant that we both crashed for the night around 9 PM (read: we are OLD) but we managed to make a few stops a long the way to Vegas including:
1 (UL): Eating at one of my favorite sushi restaurant’s In LA called Midori Sushi that Ryan’s brother took us to the last couple of times we were in LA. For something like $22 you get an all you can eat sushi bar experience and the sushi is good! Although I was an embarrassment to my Japanese heritage by just ordering California rolls – real crab meat mixed with mayo and fresh slices of avocado in a hand roll. Take notes east coast – you are doing it wrong!!
2 (UR): no point to this blurry picture other than the road is named Zzyzx, which I thought was a cool name – as did a Hollywood producer about 7 years ago whom made a thriller movie about the place. We may be the only 2 that thought the name was cool though as I don’t think the movie did very well.
3 (LL): Bob’s Big Boy is the tallest thermometer in the world at 134 feet – built to that height to commemorate the fact that temperatures once hit 134 F in the town of Baker, CA. Unfortunately, the electric bill to keep the thermometer running was $8,000 per month so it was turned off – something I wish I had known before I made the trek out there. Fortunately. We were planning on stopping off down the street from the thermometer anyway to get beef jerky for Ryan’s brother so it wasn’t all for naught. And the temperature yesterday was 101 F in Baker…. In case you were wondering.
4 (LR): our beef jerky stop in Baker, CA called Alien Fresh Jerky had a lot of alien paraphernalia, go figure. So we picked up a couple of bags for Ryan’s brother and a lot of bags for ourselves including one called road kill jerky and another called colon cleansing hot jerky. People in line looked like they wanted to be throwing us some shade for having 15 bags of beef jerky to purchase. Whatever – I think it’s strange that you all drove out to Baker, CA and didn’t get 15 bags.