|The view from the ranch house - such beauty!|
|A dog toy, intended for launching tennis balls, is repurposed as a lemon launcher.|
|About to be pummeled.....|
|TWO GROWN MEN waiting quietly and patiently for their targets...|
|Their intended targets - inexperienced, loud, and impatient - |
but thrilled nonetheless with the lemon fight.
|Pax wisely joined Jeff and Mark's team.|
Our kids have developed their own list of "must-do's" during these trips to California, which was pretty cool to realize. I said to Jeff, "I love that we've been doing this trip long enough now that they have come to expect certain things, that they know this area and these people well enough to have set ideas of what needs to happen." Thus, our first stop on beach day was at the huge pirate ship with a zip line.
We loaded ourselves into the car and began the trek out to Palm Springs for a visit with our long-time friends, the Grants. The sadness at saying goodbye in Ventura gradually and eventually gave way to excitement, especially as we drove thorough this part of California - not only do the wind turbines signal that we are getting very close to Palm Springs, they are also really, really awesome to see! They are enormous, and there are hundreds (thousands?) of them covering vast portions of the desert. The turbines always provide rich fodder for discussion on conservation, ingenuity, and creativity.
Part 3 of our trip began shortly after the turbine sightings....