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I'm getting in the mood by listening to the songs we used to play when I spent weekends in Laurel Canyon as a teenager. Led Zeppelin's Going To California comes to mind, and California by Joni Mitchell, her Ladies Of The Canyon and Hotel California by The Eagles. I loved Crosy Stills Nash and Young in those days, and listened to Suite Judy Blue Eyes about Judy Collins. Linda Ronstadt Desperado, and does anyone remember Jackson Browne or The Flying Burrito Brothers?

I'm going to California for 10 days to visit my brother and his wife and family for Thanksgiving. I moved to England 30 years ago and since then we have not seen much of each other. It's been six years this time. Far too long, but flights get more expensive, things happen, and time flies.

He has retired near San Diego, in the mountains, near the sea, if that makes any sense. Very pretty and temperate climate. They have coyote, mountain lions and deer on the estate. Their cats stay indoors because otherwise things get them at night. It is odd going there because it is not where we grew up, so although I am going 'home' it is not really our home either. I long to return to San Francisco and look upon the Golden Gate Bridge, across to Sausilito, once more. Maybe one day.

It will be fun to see them again and odd to be away from home for so long. We usually have fast short trips to ireland or elsewhere in England.

We are doing a tourist view of Hollywood soon after arriving. That will really be a laugh. I've not been for 35 years. I used to work in the rock music industry over there when I was a wee young thing and we hung out on the Sunset Strip and in Laurel Canyon with the latest acts. Lots of memories and I expect the City of the Angels will not be the same as it was in those days. Even then it was pretty scary!

I will miss all of you, but probably will not get much time on a PC while there. So, I wish you all a very happy beginning to December, and good run up to Christmas and I will check in when home again.

Posted at 20th Nov 2008 - 08:10PM   Posted by Crucifix   Going to California Comments: 14

Withy Brook's Avatar We shall miss you Crucifix. You will have a marvellous time and not have the time to miss us! We will expect a detailed account of your trip, on your return.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 20th Nov 2008 at 08:40PM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar wow - have a brilliant time

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 20th Nov 2008 at 08:42PM

Blossomcottage's Avatar Have a really fantastic time and don't miss us too much let us know how you are if you can
Love Blossom

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 20th Nov 2008 at 08:48PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar Have a great time......

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 20th Nov 2008 at 08:59PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Very envious here. My sister used to live in California - in Santa Ana, Orange County. We used to visit. She and I did that tourist trip to Hollywood. We walked down Rodeo Drive and looked at the shops - didn't dare go in! Did all the other stuff as well. Great fun.
She was run over and killed by a truck driver when out jogging one morning eight years ago. Still miss her. Sorry to put a damper on your joy but it brought it all back. Have a good time - wish it was me.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 20th Nov 2008 at 10:49PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Now that is some trip . . . wow amazing to see your brother after all this time and in such surroundings . . . look forward to your homework about your trip.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 20th Nov 2008 at 10:55PM

Mountainear's Avatar Am most envious - I should love to visit California. Have a wonderful trip,

Posted by: Mountainear on 20th Nov 2008 at 11:12PM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar I envy you Crucifix. My sister flew to LA this morning for Thanksgiving too. The weather is great. While I love Sausilito, I have to say that San Diego is my favourite area in CA. Have had lovely lunches in the old hotel with the red turrets(name has slipped my mind)at La Jolla. It is so pretty there. Also had memorable lunch and visit to Rosines family Restaurant in Monterey. Have never seen anything like her cakes, and she has written a lovely cookbook. You must be very excited. Have a wonderful time

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 21st Nov 2008 at 12:10AM

Camilla's Avatar How wonderful Crucifix, have a great time. Led Zeppelin and The Eagles are some of the songs I have on my radio CD, love their songs.


Posted by: Camilla on 21st Nov 2008 at 01:03AM

Pondside's Avatar It sounds like you have all the ingredients for a wonderful Thanksgiving - mountains, ocean and best of Have a great time!

Posted by: Pondside on 21st Nov 2008 at 02:39AM

Frances's Avatar I know that you will have a fabulous time.

One of my favorite relatives lives in San Diego. And keeps me aware of where the ever-challenging forest fires are. (I also keep an eye out.)

Jackson Browne is actually having a bit of a resurgence, going on tour and all that.

Won't bore you with more old time music stuff, but do wish you a fine visit. Take pictures!


Posted by: Frances on 21st Nov 2008 at 02:42AM

You are talking my kind of music, still listen to Judy Collins and Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young) all evocative stuff. Have a great trip.

Posted by: Quilting Cat on 21st Nov 2008 at 09:52AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Ooo extra envious now . . . I spent Thanksgiving in Montana about four years ago - stayed with a friend and we had a fabulous family time - one of those memories that will be there to warm me for a very long time

Posted by: Westerwitch on 21st Nov 2008 at 10:09AM

Tattie Weasle's Avatar Have a fantastic time and Happy Thanksgiving for when you are there!!!

Posted by: Tattie Weasle on 21st Nov 2008 at 12:46PM

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