Friday 30 April Huntington Beach

major chord

drive through long beach, hermosa, manhattan, redondo
watts towers
head straight to west bev
shopping in rodeo
parking ticket
lunch at nat n als
schindler house
griffith observatory
dinner at pete’s, downtown, short wander
drive back to west sunset
check into saharan motel, west sunset

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Thursday 29 April Palm Springs

major chord

starbucks breakfast
drive south through palm desert and west through beautiful santa rosa mountains
locate legoland and drop off jen and charlie

gary drive to lovely la jolla and windansea beach shack
pick up jen and charlie drive to huntington beach
stay at best western, huntington beach

Wednesday 28 April Palm Springs

major chord

morning swim, beautiful sunshine, warm
breakfast at ricks – nannaville
drive to joshua tree inn
plectrum on gram parsons shrine
drive through joshua tree park – beautiful, simple, sparse, powerful, gentle, intimate place
return to palm springs – architecture and orientation
make drive-by movie
dinner at shermans – good food despite nannaville tone
television in motel

Sunday 25 April Magic Mountain

major chord

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

Saturday 24 April South Sequoia

major chord

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

Friday 23 April Yosemite

major chord

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

Monday 19 April San Francisco

major chord

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

Tuesday 13 April Los Angeles

major chord

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

Monday 12 April Disneyland

major chord

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