On day three of our journey we drove along the boring part of the 5, until it was time for lunch. It's in these times where having Yelp on your phone is pretty handy. I came across a review of this place called Bravo Farms boasting of good food, ice cream/toy shop and an outdoor Western theme play area for kids. It happened to be in Kettleman City, CA, aka the middle of nowhere.
Of course, right as we were pulling in this little one was like this, which inevitably meant she didn't nap for the rest of the day.
But, that little cat nap apparently re energized her and she went off exploring.
Playing hide and seek and going down the slides hidden within these cute buildings.
I loved how each building was a miniature of the real thing if in the old west/vintage town (because last I checked--gasoline and gas stations didn't exist. A little bit of Back to the Future going on here).
The girls loved filling up their gas cans with the gas pump. Let's be honest, I loved it too!
This was one of those hidden slides area. Where V is sitting if you continued to go to the right you'd find one. Plus, she's simply cute.
We found the jail. We met a little boy Veronica's age and his name was Caden. Subsequently, both his mom and I would get confused when the other called for our kid. Side note: if V was a boy her middle name would have been Caden.
One thing I really loved about Bravo Farms was their food, especially their kids menu. They had a fruit and nut bowl & even this salad below.
Veronica at the bank. Man, she's a rare gem.
She liked to open her jaws the same as the dinosaur. Too bad you couldn't hear her noises (BTW--she makes some of the best animal sounds ever).
V found this Mickey, and immediately began to cuddle him and tell us how she needed it. She said, "Oh but he's so cute! I just love him so much!" Little did she know what would happen the next day.
We arrived in Anaheim directly across the street from Disneyland. That is California Adventure just beyond. We spent the night without them knowing Disneyland was across the street. V was looking out the window and noticed a flag on a post of Buzz Lightyear. She squealed and asked, "Mama, how about tomorrow morning we go on a walk to see that Buzz Lightyear flag a bit closer?"
Excuse this poor picture; but, it was truly the best one I had. We ended our third day being able to see our friends Zach & Carly. They live in north LA and took a two hour drive through rush hour to come see us. Zach is writing screenplays and working to fulfill his dream and calling to be a Christian who writes fine works of art via screenplays (not to write Christian films though, which I personally appreciate). Carly is working at the Paramount lot in publishing experiencing the cutthroat industry, which easily demystifies the false allure within Hollywood. We loved seeing them and our time was far too short.