Half way point!! We made it to the halfway point. Accomplishment? Not sure if it is a reason to celebrate, but I am with a nice glass of wine tonight. (Not going to lie…celebrated the same way on the 14th night, 13 night, 12th night, etc.)Anyway, we were talking about this point today and where we all were mentally. I think that we are all good with this. Loved the first half, excited and anxious for the second half, and ready for home to be on the distant horizon.
Our hike today was supposed to be fun! I thought the girls would love seeing the Hollywood sign. Turns out they had no idea what it was or why they would want to hike to it. I thought the 82 degrees would be a perfect hiking temperature. Turns out the extreme sun and lack of any shade brought the heat index at least into the 120s. I thought hiker vintage chic would be cool today. Turns out lululemon was the only accepted attire. I thought that I’d see a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills. Turns out they only did it in that one episode, or at least weren’t hiking today. I thought it would be pretty awesome to be that close to the sign. Turns out we couldn’t see much of it at the end and I was just a sweaty tourist.
It was nice to hike again though! How’s that for positivity?!
We made the quick and easy drive to Visalia. Although we passed many produce farms, orchards, and trucks full of lemons, the drought is very evident. Hills and brown, and dried, dead grass covers the ground. The only green lawns we saw belonged to the mansions in Beverly Hills. Yard signs scatter the neighborhoods we drove through reminding all to conserve water. Last night’s hotel even offered a $10 bar credit if you reused your towels.
The girls swam in the indoor pool this afternoon and we ordered pizza for dinner. Together we watched “Blackfish” and tried to avoid getting pizza crumbs in the sheets. We’re turning in early as our hope is to get the Sequoia when the Visitor’s Center opens.