Sightseeing galore in California

I’ve been so busy moving and starting a new job that I haven’t had as much time for my blog as I would like.

Not that I’m complaining about being gainfully employed, mind you.

Instead of trying to play catch-up and blog about each thing I’ve done, I’m putting everything in one post with a few of the best photos of each activity.

Before I left California, I wanted to make the most of my final days by getting out to the beaches, museums and sights I’d never been to or hadn’t been to in a while. Toward the end there were a few things I did that I didn’t blog about yet:

— I checked out the Endeavour Shuttle at the California Science Center (it’s massive and really cool).

— I drove down to San Diego to spend a day with my uncle and his wife, which included a tour of the USS Midway.

— I visited the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda with my dad the day before I moved. I had completely forgotten about the presidential libraries so I was glad my dad suggested it as an activity to do since he was coming to town to help me move. The history of his life and presidency was interesting and all (especially the Watergate exhibit) but our favorite part was touring the house he was born in and seeing how people lived 100 years ago. As the museum pointed out over and over, the first line of Nixon’s autobiography  is “I was born in a house my father built.” From humble beginnings to the most powerful office in the world, yeah yeah we get it. But ooh look at the old furniture and the tiny kitchen his mom used to cook for four boys — now that was cool.

— Then the first weekend after my move to Vegas, I talked my dad into driving out to the Mojave National Preserve to see Joshua trees and wildflowers in bloom. We got the idea from my friend Mike who had been out the week before. When I had heard about it being a great year for Joshua tree blooms I thought the only place to see them was the aptly-named Joshua Tree National Park. But Mike told me about the Mohave National Preserve, which happens to have the densest Joshua tree forest in all the world. Indeed, the trees dotted the landscape as far as the eye could see. We stopped at the Teutonia Peak trail and walked down the dirt trail for a bit, taking photos of the Joshua trees and the wildflowers. It was beautiful in its own rugged, desert way but not as colorful as my dad had been expecting.

Diverse activities and diverse photos. Enjoy!

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