It was really nice to be "out there" again after the buzz of Southern California. We must have spent three days clamboring over the otherworldly shaped rocks at Joshua Tree NP. We enjoyed seeing the stars again, even through the 40cm telescope that one of our camp neighbors set up. The desert even treated us to an encounter with a tarantula and a rattlesnake.
Then it was back to LA, because we had promised our guest Franziska a few days of seeing the stars of the Hollywood/Beverly Hills kind. Of course it didn't pan out that easily, but Amos was excited to discover Dr. Seuss' star on the Walk of Fame. Took a tour of the Paramount Studios and immersed ourselves in the crazy scene that is the Venice Boardwalk. Elias, having decided to become a surfer changed his mind upon seeing the skating park there.
Today, we're dropping off Franziska at LAX. She acquired a healthy tan that will remind her of her last summer days of 2009 in the 35F/3C weather of Switzerland. In just three weeks, we will follow her on the same flight. Until then, we have to part with Shasta (aka. "the Shaz"), our hardy home-on-wheels. Anyone interested? A lot of folks seem to live in these things parked at the State Beaches.
(pics to follow)