LA Area: Once Upon a Storybook and Frugal Frigate

After San Jose we made our way south towards Los Angeles. We had a brief stop at Pinnacles National Park and got to see some California condor. (A little history lesson: the California condor is the largest North American land bird. They almost went extinct in the 80s; the remaining California condor--22 total--were captured, bred, and some were eventually released back into the wild. There are now about 435 living in the wild or captivity).

 This was a cool tree on the way out of the campground, but we think these are another type of vulture and not California condors. We were able to see some California condor through the binoculars set up in the park. They were huge and awesome . . . and had a face only a mother could love.

This was a cool tree on the way out of the campground, but we think these are another type of vulture and not California condors. We were able to see some California condor through the binoculars set up in the park. They were huge and awesome . . . and had a face only a mother could love.

We left Pinnacles National Park, and stopped by Solvang, California after it was recommended by a family member. It is a cute Danish town (with GREAT gluten free stuff in their bakeries!)

 If the shoe fits, wear it. If not, sit inside it for a photo op.

If the shoe fits, wear it. If not, sit inside it for a photo op.

 We rented a surrey to ride around town. Every year we do rent one of these on vacation we gain an additional pedal-er (when everybody's legs get long enough, we will be a force!).

We rented a surrey to ride around town. Every year we do rent one of these on vacation we gain an additional pedal-er (when everybody's legs get long enough, we will be a force!).

I had two events/signings in the area.

The first was at Once Upon a Storybook in Tustin. This store was precious and so supportive--to both the patrons and to me! It was cozy and my kids loved it.

 The front of Once Upon a Storybook.

The front of Once Upon a Storybook.

 Rowyn immediately found her happy place.

Rowyn immediately found her happy place.

The next day I had an event at the Frugal Frigate in Redlands. This was a great neighborhood bookshop. (One of my best friend's aunts lives near it and I got to meet her--their fantastic-ness runs in the family.) This store also added a blurb about the signing in the newspaper--it's going in the scrapbook of the trip.

 The front of Frugal Frigate.

The front of Frugal Frigate.

 The inside of the store.

The inside of the store.

Both signings were so sweet and I got to have great bookish conversations!

As soon as we left Frugal Frigate we hopped in the car and started towards the Grand Canyon. Zach wanted to drive through the night to get there. I was not convinced this was a good idea (as I pictured us all sleep walking off the edge as we hiked the following day).

I'll reveal this winner of this nail-biting debate on the next post. Stay tuned . . .