Road Trip!

One of the best things about spending time in Green Valley for me is the chance to hang out with both of my sisters.

Lynn and Gail.  Best sisters, ever.

Lynn and Gail. Best sisters, ever.

Gail and husband Dan live in Las Vegas, but bring their trailer down to GV to get a bit of family face-time.  Lynn and Jerry live near us in Michigan, but spend six months in GV.  Everyone in the same place at the same time is a big treat.

Of the three of us, Gail is the only one with any children – a son Mark, who lives with his wife Tatsumi and kids Erin and Shaw, in Laguna Beach.  After living in the States for 25 years, Tatsumi decided that it was time to become a US citizen (she wants to vote!!). So we decided that a girls’ trip to California for the swearing-in ceremony was in order.  We’ve never hit the road together, and we were all pretty pumped about going.

Gail has a Ford Fusion gas/electric car that gets great mileage, so we piled in and headed for Pomona, CA.  Gail captained for the first 200 miles or so, then Lynn moved from co-pilot to the driver’s seat, and flew us the rest of the way there.  My job from the back seat was color commentary and navigation.  Easy.

The navigator's view.

The navigator’s view.

Good thing Gail’s car get 38mpg.  We paid $4.50 for gas in California!

About 100 miles after we crossed into California, we entered the Coachella Valley.  It’s a jaw-dropping experience for anyone who hasn’t been there before, as it’s home to one of the largest wind farms in the country.  Thousands of power-producing windmills.  It’s an unbelievable sight.  I wasn’t able to get any photos, but googled a few to share.

Its a crazy sight.

Its a crazy sight.

Coachella Valley

Coachella Valley

More about the swearing-in ceremony in a separate post.  Right now, I’m still basking in the warmth of sharing a great couple of days with two of the people on this planet that I love most.  Hope anyone who reads this has family in their life like this, and a chance to share togetherness.

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