In part 1, readers learned of the backstory of why it’s California, not Arizona and Florida, in winter for Hannah and me. Part 2 lets you in on our getaway.
Flying is Hannah’s least favorite way to travel. On the other hand, I am no fan of cross country road trips; you see, I can do the math. Planes allow us to get from coast to coast in six hours; it’s five days of mind-numbing tedium to cross the good ole US of A by car.
Leaving home in York, Maine mid-Friday afternoon during first week of January, Hannah and I spend the night before we fly out of Logan Airport with Molly’s family in Massachusetts. Playing Uno, then Legos with our grandsons, Owen (7) and Max (5), we read to the boys before bedtime. While Tip is out with his buddies digging Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker for the night, Hannah and I settle down with Molly for evening wine and then Wegman’s subs that Molly provides for us all. Hannah and I know how fortunate we are to have Molly in our lives; she’s a daughter who is a friend, who thinks of us regularly, who is as just as active as we are so hiking together works really well; and she is just damn good company night in and night out.
I recently found this quote that spoke to me. It’s not enough that you love them, they must know that you love them. – St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier. I’ll check in this weekend to see how I am doing on that score with her.
At 515A, Molly drives us to Logan in the pre-flight dark. Since Hannah and I know when we are going to California each year, we are able to purchase tickets seven months in advance when the prices are at their lowest. How sweet is $378 each non-stop, round-trip Boston to LA! As such, you might think Jet Blue might value us as customers. But noooooo.
Hannah is exiled to seat 12F by the window while I am ostracized in 12A by the opposite window. Jet Blue punishes us for our timely purchase even though they have had the use of our money for seven months. They rightfully have earned a 2 of 5 rating!
We suck it up, watch the excellent Downton Abbey movie while the pilots work their magic. In a move that defies physics, the pilots take us to LA by way of the upper peninsula of Michigan. Arriving 45 minutes early at 1120A Pacific Time, we take the LAX shuttle bus to Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Literally in 20 minutes, we are heading north on The 405 to Carpinteria 85 miles away. Travel tip, it’s so worth the extra dollars to rent from a brand name company like Enterprise; we get such good service and personal attention.
Soon we are on The 101 through Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura and by 2P arrive in Carpinteria.
Within a half hour, we are walking the sandy beach by Carpinteria State Park in shorts and tee-shirts in January! Our getaway is complete; our escape has begun.