Sunday, April 22, 2012

California Trip - Paramount Ranch and Malibu

I traveled back to California last week for work, hence my absence here on the blog.
As usual, it was a long trip with LONG work hours.
12-hour days to be exact.
We didn't have time for too much except getting dinner each night and then heading off to bed.
We were basically working on East Coast time as we usually do.
But, on our last day we did have a couple of hours and we made the most of them as we traveled from Calabasas(where we were working) to our airport hotel.

As usual, while in Calabasas we had lunch next door to the Kardashian's store DASH.
So overrated!
I didn't even go in this time but couldn't resist a picture for those of you who are new here.
 I'm not sure anyone really goes in there and buys anything.
It's funny to watch the people drive by and takes pictures then leave.
As I've mentioned before the place is super pricey for cheap made clothing.
 After lunch and a bit more work we left the office and out of the burbs.
 We decided on taking Malibu Canyon from Calabasas to the beach.
A scenic drive.
 When stopping at an overlook to take a picture I spotted a condom wrapper.
Nice or what?
 Yes, I need a tan.
 On our drive we saw signs for Paramount Ranch.
We decided to stop not knowing what it was.
 It's a CA State Park now but was and still is used for filming movies and TV shows.
 Movies dating back to the 1930's have been filmed in this faux Western town.
 Including Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.
 Very neat for a nerd like me.
There was also a ton of hiking trails in and around the park that I would have loved to have ventured onto.
 I just wonder if John Wayne was ever on this set?
 Of course, I had to visit the Saloon!
 It was closed.
 Afterwards we headed towards the beach.
 Beautiful Malibu!
I was just waiting to see Brody Jenner, but no luck. 
 The houses on the beach are very nice as to be expected.
 Always sunny and a little bit chilly in Malibu though.
 My San Diego pal, Christina, suggested we eat at Gladstones on the beach.
 Such a great view and food.
A perfect way to end a work-filled trip!
So, there you have it!
Nothing too exciting but at least we got to see 'something' and have dinner on the water.
I was exhausted when I got home, as you can imagine!
More on our weekend tomorrow!


MCW said...

Looks like fun! You have more color than I do!!!

Leigh Powell Hines said...

Oh my gosh, I want to go to that ranch. So neat. Loved your post today. Hope you caught up with some rest this weekend.

GeorgiaDixieDoll said...

Kardashians and Jenners? Ugh..

Jo said...

Looks like a fun side trip! I love visiting CA {and their fabulous wines!} Color? my legs are so white the glare could bring down planes! I can't wait to get to the beach.

How did you get rid of Google Chrome? I hate it ~ my blog is a mess!

Sarah O said...

I've never been to CA, other than the airport, so this was a cool way to see some of the highlights!

donna said...

How fun!

April of Smidge Of This said...

Looks like a great trip, but I know you're glad to be an East Coaster again :) Those are LONG days and you need a little R&R!

Claire Kiefer said...

Awwww, looks like such a fun trip! How cool is that faux western town? So fun you stumbled upon it! And I'm giggling at the Kardashian store . . . gotta admit, I would have been curious to go in, even if it is overpriced and cheap! haha.

donatelli98 said...

Missed you!

Nikki said...

Oh my gosh, I loved Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman reruns when I was home sick from school.

Nice view...warm weather. Not a bad place to get laid ;)

Sara said...

Good ole Gladstones! I used to go there a lot when I traveled for work. Such great views!!

Looks like you snuck in a little bit of fun while you were in sunny California. Good for you!!

Rachel said...

Looks like such a fun trip! Paramount Ranch would be a blast!

Thanks for sharing.

Wiz said...

Love that you took a picture of a condom wrapper. Hilarious!