Sunday 25 April Magic Mountain

spent day at magic mountain
exhausting, exhilarating, eyeball re-arranging, roller coaster rides although lengthy queues and hot weather
good to see lots of hormonal teens out on the make, strutting heavy duty punkish streetwear, tats and body ornaments, typical LAesque skater/homeboy/trailerpark/preppie melange
swim in early evening
dinner and chocky cake for the ragged 10 year old

Sunday 25 April Magic Mountain

Saturday 24 April South Sequoia

early start
breakfast in hotel
drive to Farm Security Administration camp (1935) inspiration for grapes of wrath
drove across greenhorn mounts, south sequoia park, past lake Isabella, walker pass, down the red rock canyon through to Mojave and then Lancaster for afternoon coffee
California poppy fields
drove through green valley
found hotel in Santa Clarita
pool and hot tub
dinner in hotel
slept

Saturday 24 April South Sequoia

Friday 23 April Yosemite

early start
breakfast in fantastic Yosemite lodge cafeteria
took the valley floor bus tour
lunch in a meadow under ‘El cap’
did the walk to vernal falls, saw a coyote
drove through the early evening to Bakersfield
hot tub with Charlie
beer at the Buck Owens crystal palace – band, bible belt teens and bootscooting
exhausted

Friday 23 April Yosemite

Monday 19 April San Francisco

walk down california street
invisible bike cat (can has cheezburger)
caffe trieste
railway museum and cable mechanism
telegraph hill and flagstaff tower
chinatown
cable car with charlie hanging off front
past union square
haight – americana coffee at bean there cafe
astonishing amoeba records
great dinner in north beach at calzone
wander around area
charlie nearly dead on feet – back to hotel
perked up with wobbly head toy treat

Monday 19 April San Francisco

Tuesday 13 April Los Angeles

shocking traffic jam into LA, crawling for nearly 3 hours – big bloody dodger game
museum of american west
silver lakes district shopping and strolling
beer at cool restaurant ‘home’, near cocos
long interesting drive across city again through endlessly changing, charged, though consistently time-worn areas spanning east and west LA
mccabes guitar shop in santa monica
sea shore hotel
wandered down to great restaurant with live guitarists and preppie UCLA scene
poked head into irish bar for a few tunes
off to bed

Tuesday 13 April Los Angeles

Monday 12 April Disneyland

woke up early, off to Disneyland
spotless, soul-less, heartless kind of place
despite the zippadeedoodah refrain, there’s nothing rootsy, or even nostalgic about this place cause that implies history and despite the 1950s saccharine sentimentality of disney values and characters there’s no sense that age has value – there’s nothing old here, nor does it pander to old memories
rides were brief, typically unexceptional, unexciting and queues were very long while the park is bulked up with shops selling consistently horrible franchised fluff
stayed to see the fireworks at 9pm which were great, surreal and filled with random, self referencing audio pieces from rides experienced throughout the day, so we found ourselves humming along to the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room
left happy and upbeat although wondered how anyone could manage more than a day here, at most…
wandered back to hotel, hit the sack

Monday 12 April Disneyland