Monday, March 26, 2012
Spring Break, The End
On Saturday, Evan caught a 9:15 am screening of the Hunger Games while the little guys and I watched a whole lot of TV and packed a picnic. We picked up Oscar from his friend's house and drove an hour to Leo Carrillo Beach, as suggested by my friend Ashley. After 30 minutes of freeway driving, we got onto Malibu Canyon Road, and it was spectucular. The road is cut into impossibly huge mountains and has some harrowing curves. (I was glad Evan was driving!)
We even got to go through a long tunnel bored out of a mountain. Even the kids thought it was cool.
And then we turned onto the Pacific Coast Highway.
We found the beach, paid a reasonable $12 parking fee, and walked under the highway and found the beach.
The great thing about this beach is the tide pools. It's very rocky and when the tide goes out, all sorts of wonderful creatures are left in the pools. It's not the best beach for swimming, but there were a bunch of surfers out. We saw dozens of starfish in all different colors.
How many starfish can you spot in this picture? There are at least four.
On the way home, I made the kids draw some of the animals they saw.
We came home and everyone kind of got to bed earlyish. Oscar and I finished reading The Borrowers this week, we're starting on The Wizard of Oz. The little kids are mostly ignoring us but Arlo creeps over to listen every so often.
Sunday, it rained. A lot. We've only had less than 6-8 rainy days since we've been here, but when it rains, it's a humdinger. I did some grocery shopping and was overwhelmed and freaked out in Whole Foods enough to reschedule some friends coming over for dinner that evening. Oscar and Evan saw John Carter, which they LOVED. I took the little kids to the library and restocked Oscar's collection of Calvin and Hobbes collections. We got everyone to bed almost painlessly and I made some carbonara and a salad and we watched Mad Man. Zu Bisou Bisou!
It was a lovely break. I'm glad we had lots of excursions, but also lots of lying about and doing nothing time. The boys got off to school this morning (although we had to wake Oscar up, forcibly, three times) and The Goose and I are enjoying our quiet morning house.