Mega California Holiday Adventure

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Hello All,

A New Year has arrived, the Chargers are rolling through the playoffs, and your blogger is coming off a massively awesome whirlwind tour of our Golden State. Whew! So many pics, so many adventures, so many loved ones … Let’s get rolling!

Thursday, December 19th. This guy has a birthday and the Holiday Season officially begins.

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And just prior to our huge road trip lap around the state, I rolled through Marin on the bike and caught a sunrise over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Stoking.

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We had an early Christmas at the house with Aki and Anni and Tikka!

It was rad.

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And then got dressed up in our finest for another birthday party.

A birthday party of epic proportions.

A birthday party for this man.

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Peter Robertson, you are tremendous.

And you celebrated another decade tremendously.

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HA!

Loving it.

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These gems helped put on the wild party.

And were rocking mad style.

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Mad.

Style.

Indeed.

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The party ends.

The journey begins.

It’s now Sunday, December 22nd, at the fellow blogger and I look up to the map and ready ourselves for the journey that is to come.

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13 Days. Half a dozen cities.

Moraga > Tahoe > Nevada City > LA > Tarzana > Malibu > Cayucus > Home

It was crazy.

And to prep for this journey, I got an early Christmas present.

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First night of our trip and we enjoy a lovely dinner with the Won family.

Yo.

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Popped up.

Cruised up the hill to my Dad’s place in Tahoe!

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The snow was light but the stoke was high!

Love coming up here and decompressing.

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There’s something really wonderful about heading to the parents house for the holiday. All these pics around of your blogger as a little munchkin. Just brings me back in time. Ties my past to the present. It’s one of those little things about the holidays that I really, really love.

🙂

… My Dad when he was my age …

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Rocking the Carlsbad 5000 when I was a little dude.

Determined!

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Dad took us out on our annual snow adventure.

So cool hiking with the dogs and the fam.

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Ended up hiking all the way up to a cool little fort my Dad chills at.

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Couple of beers. My Dad. The dogs.

What an afternoon.

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Christmas morning.

The nieces and nephews come down to the house.

So wonderful seeing them.

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My big bro has developed into such a solid father.

It just makes me so elated to see him with the little dude.

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Ohhhh! And this one.

Hot Damn!

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Christmas morning and all the little rugrats were in attendance.

🙂

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And that evening we got in the car and drove out to my Mom’s place.

Hugging the lake as we cruised a mellow Christmas drive.

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Got to Nevada City that night and we greeted by this kid.

Step Bro Joey. You are such a gem in our lives. Couldn’t be more stoked to see you.

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And of course! Christmas would not be complete without my Mom.

Mommachka, I love you. You are our inspiration.

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Christmas comes to a close.

We continue the road trip south.

LA – you revitalize me.

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Swung by downtown and these women got a chance to catch up.

A good cop with a couple of bad ones.

Whew.

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And this man.

Thinker. Beer drinker.

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Oh.

And I was in a situation where someone “made it rain” … It was overwhelming.

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We assembled a strike force to head out and check out cool places.

Team.

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And Linotype rounded out a super rad downtown extravaganza downtown.

Yo!

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Chargers beat the Chiefs last Sunday and got into the playoffs.

I was screaming and crying and rocking my jersey!!!

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New Year’s Eve.

We head to Latigo Shores, Malibu.

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And get in a little stand up paddle board surf sesh with this guy.

Gnar, Bro!

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Killer time out in the water with the Kernel.

Duuuuude.

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Sunset.

California.

Stoke.

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Yeeeaaaah!

Ohhhhh Yeeeeaaaah!

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And as the sun was setting …

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And the year coming to a close …

We looked out onto the ocean and pondered our place in the universe …

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And we stoked.

For it was a good year.

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Lit up a couple stoge dawgs as well.

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So noir.

So hip.

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New Year’s Day.

Up at 7:30 and headed over to the Won’s house.

Played games with Halmoni. She is legit.

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The whole family came in.

And it was rad.

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Also chilled with this little one.

What a force.

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Dudes, Tarzana.

Fast becoming home away from home.

The trails and the gym and the Won house. Am really falling for this little paradise in the valley.

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Hop in the car, continue the journey.

We roll up north on the one and hit up my Aunt Mary’s place in Cayucus.

One of the few homes from my childhood that I still visit, this incredibly rad house on the sea refreshes my soul like nothing else. The views and the comfort and the hospitality helps reset my universe.

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We had beer and cheese on the deck.

And lived well.

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Dinner with the cuz.

Yoooooooooo!

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He just got this little fur ball.

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For our mega CA holiday adventure we saved the best for last.

Aunt Mary hooooooked it up huge.

Super huge.

The most badass tour guide / director of living history in the world, she took us around Hearst Castle on one of the greatest tours in history.

Stoke level: 11.

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We saw the grand rooms with the ketchup.

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We saw the kitchens with the old school appliances.

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We basked in the magnificence of the space.

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And were soooo hooked up with all the cool little nooks and crannies of the interior.

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Seriously. What an experience.

Hearst Castle so poignantly ties together our state’s history. The son of a miner, William Randolph Hearst brought European culture to our coast, blended it with local flavor, and constructed a place that could only have been built at that time, and in that space. It’s both opulent and comfortable. Foreign and local. There are so many contradictions that are pulled off so brilliantly here. And to see it with friends and family – I couldn’t ask for anything cooler.

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Did I mention that my aunt is the director of living history?

Do you know what that means?

That means costumes.

Fabulous costumes.

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Dramatic costumes.

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Straight up early 20th century baller costumes!!!

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This was absurdly fun.

Furs and hats and suits and all the radness of early 20th century couture.

And Daaaamn did this woman rock this.

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Aunt Mary,

You are beyond awesome.

Thank you so much!

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Dude. Hearst Castle.

It was ambitious yet lovely. Gnarly yet approachable. Ancient yet modern.

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And after like a thousand miles of driving, hella cities, a couple colds, a shlew of presents, countless cafes, minimal friction, loads of family, tons of friends, a bajillion football games, a few ceremonies, we finally made it. The fellow blogger, my life partner, the only soul I would ever want to undertake a journey of this caliber with … Di … You are without a doubt the greatest traveling companion I’ve ever had. Here’s to a lifetime of Mega California Adventures.

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