Well, the plan was to fix up the Westy a little bit and head off down the coast. The plan started unraveling pretty quickly when we started trying to replace some of the rubber parts in the suspension. A pretty critical bolt sheared off, and then a piece of the suspension fell off as we were driving. It had been broken for a long time, judging by the heavy corrosion on the broken part of the metal. So, the beast was now mostly un-driveable with no hope of getting it on the road in a short period of time.
|Maybe I can use it as a monocle.|
Next, Sherry's mom had to go to the hospital, so we drove Sherry to the airport so she could head home. The boys and Mike made a plan to head down the coast in Casey's Mazda, stay in LA for a day, and then continue on to Joshua Tree. We tried to get out of Casey's house in Groveland but we got stuck on a snowy road and had to head back.
|Stopping for sandwiches was our mistake. If we had kept going, we probably could have made it out of town.|
|Too many stuck cars to make it up and over the hill out of Groveland.|
|Three hours later, we followed a plow and made it out!|
The day after Christmas, we headed south to LA, stopping at Pinnacles National Monument for some rock climbing along the way.
|Hunter "hanging out" in Pinnacles|
|Somebody has to be belay slave and rack stand.|
|The boys at Pinnacles|
|Mike in LA|
|Even of you don't like Gehry, you have to admit that this is an impressive facade.|
|Hunter in Santa Monica|