If you didn’t happen to notice the exotic location of my last race, I recently got back from a trip to California. I tried to be good and schedule a few posts to go up in my absence, but I also managed to completely miss linking up my linkup post (d’oh!) and managed to fall way behind on blog reading. Now that I’ve caught up for the most part, here’s a brief recap of my travels:
American Library Association Annual Conference
Highlights include committee meetings, poster sessions, tooling around the exhibit hall to get some swag, and chatting about tattoos with the creators of the webcomic Unshelved who, upon finding out where I work, launched into a plan to arrive at my archive with hollow teeth filled with squid ink. Bizarre, but hilarious of you were there, I promise!
The ALA conference was in SF, a city I had never visited before. I’m lucky to have a couple of hospitable friends who put us up in their place on Mount Sutro:
In addition to ALA business, I made sure to leave some time to be touristy…
Our hosts also took us on an excursion out of the city, first to their favorite winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, then to Big Basin Redwoods State Park:
We left SF after a few days and made our way down Route 1 toward Los Angeles. Highlights include:
-The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas:
-The gorgeous coastline!
-Stopping for breakfast and lunch in cool towns like Cambria and San Luis Obispo:
-Solvang, a little piece of Denmark nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley:
I don’t have too many pictures from this part of the trip… I’ve been to LA a few times now to visit the in-laws so I wasn’t as snap happy as I was in new-to-me places farther north. However, I did take a few in the Ballona Wetlands, where I ran my #RunRideHydrate virtual race, as well as this one of apocalyptic-looking fireworks in Marina del Rey, thanks to a bunch of fog:
It was a fun trip, but exhausting and now jet lag has me firmly in its grip! Hopefully I’ll get back to East Coast mode soon.
Have you ever been to California?
If you live there or have visited, what are some of your favorite places to go/things to see?