From Las Vegas, we headed to Bakersfield, California to visit Josh’s dad, step-mom, three sisters, two brothers-in-law, two nieces, and one nephew. It is 286 miles (460 km) to Bakersfield, which should have taken about 4.5 hours to drive. Never for us. Never in California. Despite the horrendous weekend traffic from Vegas, we did eventually make it. We got to spend a whole week at the house and had an amazing time! We had a great time reconnecting with everybody, playing games and eating delicious food while enjoying the beautiful weather.
Of course, we had to schedule family time around everyone’s various work schedules, which gave the two of us plenty of time to keep busy on our own projects. Josh was working on finishing his first round of novel edits while I was practicing my photography. Carrie gave me one of her unused cameras and I am determined to learn to use it. I got an app that challenges me to try different techniques each day. I hope it helps.
At the end of the week, we all took a mini-vacay to San Louis Obispo, where Josh’s sister Jodi lives. We made several stops along the way to try some excellent beers and wine, and drove past the site of James Dean’s fatal car accident. Our first night in SLO, all the siblings and spouses went out on the town for some drinks and dancing. The next day started with delicious seafood and a trip to the beach, where a family friend was kind enough to take some photos for us. The next day saw us returning to Bakersfield and saying goodbye. We had an amazing week with the family and were sad to see it end, but it was time for us to hop back in the van and move on to our next big adventure.