Here it is as promised -- a recap of my last day in California. And my pictures from the trip are uploading so i can soon start on pictorial recaps.
Anyway, with my wonderful cousin Philip and his dad, Walter, having helped move my stuff to storage on Thursday, I had the whole day to do as I liked.
My first stop was Goodwill with just one last load. Then I went by my mom's church to donate some food from her pantry. Then I went back to the house. First I cleaned up some spilled change in the trunk. A neighbor came by to look at the house to see if he would like to pursue buying it when I put the house up for sale. After that I headed over to UHaul with the last stuff to put into storage. Then I went up to the UPS store to ship some things. After that I took a beautiful drive over Turnbull Canyon Drive to go to the Puente Hills Mall. I took a detour to go to the Donut Hole, first. Then I planned a drive back over Brea Canyon Drive, but the traffic was horrendous just getting into Rowland Heights, so I turned around and took a scenic drive through La Habra Heights and the East Whittier Hills. I ended up at Whitwood for Tony's Pizza one last time and to order an edible arrangemnet for my cousin. While eating my pizza I tried to decide what i wanted to do next. i decided to just drive and see where I ended up.
Oh my, did I have one crazy long drive!! I first decided to go over by the Fullerton Barnes and Noble. I kept going and decided I wanted to take a drive over Carbon Canyon Drive, but it was backed up so I turned around and decided to follow Bastanchury road to the end. Imagine my surprise when I found they extended it into the Yorba Linda Hills!! I drove around until I could go no further. I came out unto Yorba Linda Drive and then took that to the 91, which I took over to Imperial. I took that over the Anaheim Hills into Orange. I then decided to take a drive on Santiago Canyon Drive, one of the most beautiful drives ever!
So I am driving on that and trying to decide my next destination when i see a sign that tells some of the cities up ahead or if I turn left. One of them was Coto de Caza. Do you know who lives in Coto de Caza??? The Real Housewives of Orange County!!! I had to see that city. So I ended up in Trabuco Canyon, which I thought I had never been in before(incredibly beautiful drive, with some real hairy turns!!), but I passed a monastery I believe I have been to before with an old boyfriend(unless there is another one in the hills of OC), so I maybe had been up there.
Anyway, I finally found Coto de Caza, but guess what? It is a gated community!! Which I originally thought but Kim told me it was an unincorporated area of the OC. apparently it is a gated unincorporated area!! Unless there was another entrance, but I was not feeling like looking. So I then drove through Rancho Santa Margarita and ended up on El Toro Road(which is also Santiago Canyon!!) and I took that to the 5. I took that to 405 and got on 133 south which is another beautiful drive. I soon found out that if I stayed on El Toro Drive I would have hit that road!! Duh. So I took 133 down to Laguna Beach.
That's right. I ended up in my favorite city in the world. I went to the beach and stood in the freezing cold ocean. Then I went home.
It was the perfect ending to my trip.