Monday, July 26, 2010

Day 50 and Last Day of 2010 Trip: Home in Lewisville

Last Day of 2010 GrandSlamBaseballTrip

Day 50: Back to Dallas (Lewisville)
We flew into Dallas Love Field about 9 p.m. Thanks to Katie for picking us up and also taking us to DFW back on June 8. Las Vegas was great. Lots of food and fun, watching the Rangers in the sports books and seeing them win 3 out of 4, celebrating a birthday, and not too much gambling.

Summary Stats:
1. 14000 miles, about 6000 in planes and 8000 driving
2. 26 states and the District of Columbia
3. 14 baseball games, hottest - Atlanta, coldest - Oakland
4. 24 times putting gas in the car, 1 oil change, 1 flat tire repair
5. 29 different hotels

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 46: Arriving in Las Vegas

Day 46 began near Ontario Airport which is a little west of Los Angeles. From there we drove toward Las Vegas.

About half way to Las Vegas in the middle of the desert is the small town of Baker, California where at Bob's Big Boy is the largest thermometer in the world. A few years ago when the family stopped here, it was 120 -- the highest temperature all of us had ever been in. On this day it was a cool 104, but the hottest part of the day was still to come.

Our 25th state (plus the Disrict of Columbia)

We got to Las Vegas about 3 in the afternoon on Thursday, July 22 (my 61st birthday). Boy--does this make my mom feel old.

Thursday night we stayed at the Wynn, and they gave us a great upgrade because it was my birthday. It was fantastic. The remaining 3 nights we are at the Trump. Our room is about half way up right in the middle.

We fly back to Dallas on Monday, so this will be the last post until then because you know --
in Vegas...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 45: Los Angeles

Day 45 -- We left Morro Bay and drove through San Luis Obispo again and through some beautiful mountains to Santa Barbara.
We continued down highway 101 to Malibu where we met Gail and her daughter at Neptune's Net, a casual seafood restaurant by the ocean on the Los Angeles County -- Ventura County border.

After 40 years, this is what a hug looks like. Gail's daughter Shelby is in the background.

Gail brought some albums of the 60s at SMU.

After lunch we went to a hip and a half location, Abbot Kinney Blvd, which is near Venice Beach. (For younger readers, Venice Beach is where Romy and Michelle lived in LA.)

Abbot Kinney has lots of unique shops and sights.

Wall mural.

Model shoot.

We really enjoyed our time with Gail and Shelby (future MMA champion -- I kid you not, as Jack P used to say). Thank you to them for a wonderful lunch and a taste of LA.
We then headed across town in rush hour traffic to Dodger Stadium.
We made it.

View of downtown LA from the Dodger stadium parking lot.

We bought two $20 tickets and made it inside the park just in time for the National Anthem.

Umpires meeting with the managers before the game.

When the Dodgers take the field, 9 little kids accompany them to their positions, get a ball or a glove signed and run off the field. It is a great way to start a game.

Here is the first pitch. The pitcher, Chad Billingsley pitched a complete game shutout.
Our seats

Jeannie shared a Dodger Dog with me. My favorite hot dog on this trip.

Here is the wave coming at us.

Umpire reverence for "God Bless America"

The singer

Then --

Dodgers win 2-0. On Thursday we head for Las Vegas and for the first time will stay at the Wynn, at least for Thursday night. We are not sure where we will be after that -- depends on Priceline and Hotwire. Thanks again to Gail and Shelby.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 44: SF to Carmel to Big Sur to Morro Bay

On Day 44 --
We began the day by driving south from SF to Carmel, which is just south of the Pebble Beach golf course. The center of Carmel is like they took the Dallas Galleria and spread it over 6 city blocks.
This is on the beach at Carmel.

From Carmel we drove down scenic California Highway 1 which is the California version of Maui's Road to Hana. For us it was the road to Morro Bay.

Richard and Liz were here in 1965 filming the Sandpiper.
Views down Highway 1 south of Big Sur

Jeannie gave these artists some tips.

Further down the road

After we got into our room in Morro Bay, we drove to San Luis Obispo to eat at Novo, a restaurant recommended by my SMU friend Gail, who I have not seen in over 40 years but will have lunch with in Malibu on Wednesday.

The food was great. Thanks Gail.

Back in Morro Bay, we had a little ice cream.

On Wednesday we meet Gail for lunch in Malibu. Then, a little touring around LA and the Dodger Giant baseball game.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 43: Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics

Day43 at the Oakland-Boston game

A super chili dog

The dot race: I had white and Jeannie had blue.

The mascots love Jeannie. This is Stomper

Sadly, Oakland lost 2 to 1.
On Tuesday we will drive toward Los Angeles down California Route 1 probably ending up near San Luis Obispo or Pismo Beach. Then the LA Dodgers and the famous Dodger Dog on Wednesday.