Greetings from Culver City, CA, where Julie and I have been driveway surfing since December 27.
After leaving Pinnacles National Park the day after Christmas, we hopped onto onto Interstate 5 and traversed the grape vine without incident. That night was spent at a Pilot Travel Center in Castaic, it dipped into the 30’s, but did not hit freezing, yay!
We’re been staying with Julie’s aunt ever since, she has a private RV pad in her backyard within reach of a wall outlet, a pretty sweet deal in the Los Angeles area where RV parks cost an arm and a leg.
It’s been unusually chilly since we arrived, which is not what I was expecting from So-Cal winters – I’d like my money back! 😉 We even had rain on the 30th, which has made everyone who isn’t a tourist happy.
But despite the colder weather, there has been stuff to do.
On the 29th, Julie and I drove to the Getty, which even as a only casual appreciator of art was pretty amazing and worth a trip.
In theory, it’s an art museum. But calling the Getty an art museum is like calling Lake Michigan a pond, it’s so much bigger than that.
It’s free admittance, but parking is $15. Once you get out of the parking ramp, a trolly takes you up the side of a hill, offering views of the fancy houses on the edge of LA. The complex sits on top of the hill with jaw dropping views of the city and the ocean. It was hazy on the day we went, but on a clear day it’s amazing.
There are several buildings that make up the complex. Some have permanent exhibits, but there are also temporary ones, so you can go multiple times and not see the same things twice. When Julie and I went, there was an exhibit of large tapestries from John Paul Rubens’ Eucharist series on special display, borrowed from somewhere. It was the first thing we saw, and in the middle of it I finally realized: wait, these aren’t copies, these are the originals, made in the 1600’s. You don’t have to be an art critic to appreciate something this old and big.
After that, we walked through an exhibit on illuminations, including an explanation on how they were made that was very informative. Julie also insisted we go see the Impressionists gallery, which had three Monet paintings in it. Monet was Julie’s favorite artist as a kid, she had a children’s book about him. Getting to see the real work in person was pretty awesome for her.
For me, I think the best part was the outdoor garden. I mean, wow, what a garden. Even in winter it was green with all sorts of different flowers. The center was a maze built into a pool, so pretty, and around it was a walkway with many different kinds of plants and trees. I loved the metal trellises shaped like trees that vines were growing up. The Getty is definitely worth a visit if you’re going to be in the area, it’s an inexpensive trip and there’s a lot to see.
We celebrated New Year’s Eve on the beach, at a club house that Julie’s Aunt’s family has a membership at. It was too cold to swim, or really to do anything more than dip our toes in the water, but dip we did. For those that have been following along the whole year, I rung in 2014 on the shores of the Atlantic, so this act had great symmetry for me. I’d actually been hoping I’d be able to dip my toes in opposing oceans at the start and end of the same year, another check on the Dream list!
And what a year it’s been. You’ll now notice that The Adventure tab at the top of IO is now completed for 2014, total mileage with the RV: 4,039. That’s actually a fair bit less than last year, but I think the map looks more impressive since it goes from coast to coast. I’m not big into new years resolutions the way most folks do them, but I’ve already got a start on the things I want to accomplish in 2015, first among them is finishing up my RVing eguide now that Amazon is over and I’ll have much more free time at the next gig.
Stay tuned for the reveal of our next gig, coming up next post! Our time is winding down in LA, and while we have two more fun outings planned, there’s no chance I’ll get to see everything southern California has to offer.
Luckily though, there’s always the next trip! Have a great 2015 all!
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