Thursday, May 26, 2011

Californ-i-a Part 2

To read about Part 1 of California, click HERE!

When Vince and I decided to go to downtown LA to get me some gluten free treats, I hated the idea of it. But after seeing all the massive buildings I was AMAZED. I've never seen anything like it! It really makes me want to go visit New York. I'd be speechless, for sure. I didn't take many pictures of the really cool building because I was driving, though!

Vince's mom Sharon and aunt Sandra live in Redlands, so that's where we headed after LA.

We got to Redlands in the evening, so we went to The Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner. They have gluten free pasta and I've never been there before, so I was excited to try it! I got the Alfredo sauce, and I must admit that it wasn't very good. I make a really good alfredo pasta, so compared to mine, it was dry and bland! Sandra got the marinara pasta and I thought it smelled absolutely delicious, so next time I'll have to try that.

After dinner we headed to Sharon and Sandra's house and went to bed. In the morning we went and ate some breakfast at a cute little restaurant that they eat at all the time. We asked one of the waitresses what fun things there are to do in this town, since Sharon and Sandra just moved there last year, and she said the funniest thing: go to the strip club! I kid you not, she said that was all there was to do! It was so funny, and it made me wonder what kind of people she thought we were...

But instead of going to a strip club, we decided to go drive around the neighborhood!

{Whhyyyyy does he always look crazy in pictures?!}

Redlands is truly a beautiful little area in California. It's not that far from the beach and it also has a little homey-town feel to it. The big highways aren't very far from it, but it's distant enough that you don't feel like you are living in a huge city. There are also flowers everywhere.

We drove up to a little 'park' type thing and it was SO GREEN. After driving through the dessert for 8 hours, it was so wonderful to see all the green!

When we were at the top of one f the big hills of Redlands, we got out of the car to see this rediculous house that was in the middle of a big valley.

Do you see the giraffe shaped tree??!!! And no, the house is not in this picture, it's just their tennis courts and garden area...! There were so many super extravagant houses.

We also came across the coolest tree house I have ever seen. If I had this as a kid, I'm pretty sure I would have never stepped foot in my 'real' house. I wanted to ask the owners if I could rent it out from them!

So after driving, we went and raced go-carts, played mini-golf, and competed in the arcade.

Sandra beat us all!!

For lunch/dinner we ate at my favorite place ever, PF Chang's. I must have been more hungry than I thought because I ate ALL the gluten free lettuce wraps and mongolian beef! I was surprised, but it was so so so delicious.

Then we went and hungout at home and became super lazy. The next morning we woke up and ate breakfast with Sandra, because Sharon had already gone to work, and then we headed home! It was a pretty quick drive, about 6 hours, which was nice. We even got home early enough to go pick up the dogs {since we still had Izzy at the time} and went and hiked around.

We also learned that you should put sunscreen all over your body, and not just on your tattoos. I don't know how, but I only managed to remember to put sunscreen on my tattoos!

And it looks like my non-sunburned skin is tanner than Vince's, but I assure you, that's false. 
He's half black, and I'm full pasty white.


  1. Aw I love that picture of you in your hat!
    Yay for vacations! And ouch to your sunburn. I burn super easily so I feel ya!

  2. You look soooo cute in your hat!  OoOhhh....gotta put on the sunscreen...that burn looks wicked painful!  Such pretty scenery....looks like a great time! hearts, Janna lynn

  3. I must admit, the sunburn looks more painful that it really was! What really sucked was driving home in a long sleeve so that it didn't get worse...

  4. Me tooo!!! That would be so awesome.