California Dreamin'

We have been in Claremont for a week and a half now and are really enjoying Southern California. This past Saturday Liz and Alex came for a visit. They happened to visit us during the rainiest July in LA in recorded history. We had two solid days of rain and that made for some unusual weather!
Liz and Mary in RAINCOATS
On Saturday we braved the rain in raincoats to explore the shops in downtown Claremont and enjoy lunch and dinner in Claremont Village.

On Sunday we drove up to Mt. Baldy Recreation Area for some hiking and exploring. At one point along our walk I dropped my water bottle cap and it fell down a steep hill into a ravine where there was a small creek. I was ready to call it a loss, but Liz came to the rescue and ventured down to retrieve it.
Liz rescuing my water bottle cap
 After hiking for a while we decided to head back to Claremont. At this point it started to sprinkle a little. This sprinkle turned into a full on torrential downpour and by the time we made it back to the car we were all entirely soaked!
Dan, Alex and Liz taking a (pre-rain) break from hiking Mt. Baldy
 Later that night we ventured out to the neighborhood of Koreatown in downtown Los Angeles where we ate a delicious Mexican meal at a Oaxacan restaurant called Guelaguetza. After dinner we went to sing our hearts out at a fun karaoke spot.
Dan and Liz singing Karaoke in Koreatown
 We also drove down to Laguna Beach for some ocean time.
Laguna Beach
After the beach we had our friend Suzi and her son Austin over for dinner. For dessert Liz made lemon bars with the lemons from our very own lemon tree! Suzi also brought over lemon bars so it was fun to have a lemon bar tasting for dessert.
Liz and Mary lemon picking

Yay for fruit trees!
 Liz also discovered a lime tree at our house - we're not yet sure if it's a regular lime tree or a key lime tree - either way we'll be sure to not get scurvy out here!
Lemons from our tree in a beautiful new wooden bowl from Michigan


  1. Oh my goodness, Mary, I had no idea you were so close now! Let me know if you're adventures ever include SD county! -Sarah

    1. Yes! I will definitely let you know when we make our way down to the San Diego area :D

  2. So glad you guys are having fun. We miss you!

  3. Yep, go to California to visit Korea town and eat Mexican food while singing Japanese Karaoke! World travelers. That's the way to do it.


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