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Brother’s Visit

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My brother brought his family to California in July 2018.  It was their kids first time ever in California.

They flew into LAX on a Tuesday, rented a car, and drove down to San Diego.  They went to Lego Land Wednesday, and then drove up the coast, along the historic CA Hwy 1, arriving in Ventura Thursday evening.

Friday we went out on a boat trip to Santa Cruz Island, to Little Scorpions Anchorage, where we spent the night at anchor.  The kids did some snorkeling and fishing.  We cooked a Tri-Tip steak and everyone enjoyed it.

Saturday morning we went kayaking into some of the caves in the area so everyone got to experience kayaking in caves.


After that I taught my niece how to paddle board on my stand-up paddle board.  No one else wanted to try it.  After that I went scuba diving and spear fishing, while my brother and the kids fished from the boat.  I got a good sized Sheepshead with my spear gun and cleaned it on the way home.


We cruised back to Ventura in the evening by the compass, as the GPS wasn’t working.  We arrived about dusk.

Sunday morning we headed up to Santa Barbara and went to church at Ocean Hills Covenant Church.  After church my friend Chris gave us a private tour of Moxi, a science museum.  After that we drove up the 101 and cut across over toward Sequoia NP.

Monday we went to Sequoia National Park, hiked up Moro Rock, and saw the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world (by volume).  Monday evening we drove back across the state to Paso Robles and stayed in a hotel there.

Tuesday we went to San Simeon and saw the Elephant seals in their molting season.  After that we had lunch in Cambria, then stopped at the beach in Morro Bay and picked up sand dollars.

After that we went to Avila Beach and went out on the pier.  On the way back we stopped for dinner in Goleta and arrived back in Ventura late.

Wednesday they flew back home.  They got a whirlwind tour of CA in just over a week!