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).
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!)
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 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.
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 . . .