Fresno - Santa Clarita, California
We take our time getting ready Saturday morning. It's strange to leave our home behind, knowing we won't return until the following evening. It's another first for us.
The drive north over the Grapevine, and up Highway 99 is a familiar one. Still, it is a unique experience with all the vibrant poppies covering the mountain before and following the summit at Fort Tejon.
|The information panels are very well done.|
|March 31 was Cesar Chavez' birthday so it was fun to see him included on the panel of important people.|
|The "fronts" of the panels have colorful paintings of valley life.|
|Icons tell a story|
|Several miles north we see this unique tower just off the highway.|
We've come to Fresno to celebrate two family birthdays. Our cousin-in-law Kurt turns 50 today, and Bill's mom, Anne, will be 92 on Sunday. We're staying with Cindy and Kurt, their three boys, and Aunt Kathy. In addition to a nice big home, they also own the neighboring lot where they host large gatherings on a regular basis.
Tonight it will be the site of Kurt's birthday bash. But first we head over to surprise Ann who lives close by in a very nice assisted living home. Surprise might be an understatement - she is overwhelmed when she sees her son.
|Mother and son.|
It's a big party and everyone has a great time. Fun to meet new people and see several family folks we haven't seen in a couple years.
|Have a taco truck provide dinner - brilliant!|
|Cousin David and Kurt|
|Kurt, Corey and Nick.|
|Great-grandma Kathy with grandson Nate and great-granddaughter Elizabeth.|
|Rocking the cute.....|
|Bill and cousin Terry|
|Everyone had a great time|
Cindy is an amazing baker and of course Anne's cake is not only delicious but lovely as well.
|This is the cake I want when I'm 92!|
|Anne, Chris, Bill, DJ and Nick (Cindy and Kurt's boys)|
|Cousin David and wife Diana|
|Cousins Nick and Corey playing Tac while the old folks visit.|
|Can you imagine having had 92 birthday cakes?|
|Thanks for the photo bomb honey :-)|
|Grammy only has eyes for her "angels", Nick and Corey.|
|Tessa' body guard. Thanks Lola!|
We had such a great time.
Since hitting the road we have stopped eating fatty or processed meats. Mostly we just miss having bacon, but a good pastrami sandwich is like the holy grail. The very best we've ever had is served at The Hat - a small SoCal chain that opened in 1951 and is still extremely popular.
Monday we decide to splurge and make the 30 minute drive to split a pastrami sandwich and a bag of delicious onion rings. Won. Der. Ful.
|No Jeff, it doesn't say "rastramu"...it's an old sign!|
|Avery, Craig and Craig - such a wonderful family|
|Tessa holding court.|