Saturday, April 18, 2009

What I did today

Sometimes I really love living in LA. This weekend is Sophi's birthday, so we rented a boat at Marina Del Rey and went out on the ocean. We had a great time; running full throttle over the waves, hanging out with the sea lions by the Santa Monica pier, and cruising miles offshore into the open ocean. On the way back we spotted a dolphin, then another, then another. We got in closer and soon the dolphins were racing under the bow and jumping alongside the boat. It was really incredible to get so close to these amazing creatures. We even saw a baby dolphin, just three feet long, swimming with its mother. What a fantastic day.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Roadtrip to Mono Lake

Last weekend Sophi and I went on a road trip to Mono Lake. The drive followed the Owens Valley in Eastern California between the snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Inyo Mountains (beyond which lies Death Valley). Every vista was a panoramic of jagged peaks rising above the sparse desert valley. We passed through an endless parade of small, half-abandoned towns before finally making it to the alpine forests of the Mammoth Lakes region. Then we snaked through the mountains until we reached Mono Lake, just East of Yosemite. The lake was interesting, but not spectacular, so we decided to try for Yosemite. Unfortunately, the most direct path was closed, so we looped North to Lake Tahoe and cut through the mountains of the Eldorado National Forest. The sun was bright, but the ground was covered in several feet of snow and the lakes were frozen from the winter. After winding through the mountains we came to the lush, green rolling hills of the Central Valley. Finally, we reached Stockton and followed I5 back to LA. We drove 900 miles and saw only half the state. California is truly amazing.