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Lambo X California Round 2

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           When the calendar pages flip, and the seasons change, that only means one thing...... My biannual California vacation is almost near. For the many of you who don't me, I am not exactly what you'd call an Okie. Before making the move out to the Sooner State, I was just your average desert skate rat living it up in Apple Valley, CA. It may sound glamorous, but with AV being located in the Mojave Desert, you see a lot more dirt/sand than apples. There are a few plus sides to the area though. The first, being that it is fairly close to all the cool amenities that California has to offer, and the second being my mom and sister are still holding it down out there. So when another 6 months rolls around, I make the trip out there to catch up with old friends and hang out with the family.

          My good friend Johnny Kilmer and I have almost made a tradition to make my first day back into an epic skate session. Johnny, being a sorcerer behind a camera lens, and an awesome travel guide, knows where all the good spots are. Our original plan was to travel down to Palm Springs and skate the legendary "Nude Bowl", but some things changed once we got down there so we just enjoyed a nice little cruise around the Desert Hot Springs Skatepark.

Blasting a sloppy boneless, but hey..... I take what I can get.

Blasting a sloppy boneless, but hey..... I take what I can get.

          With our original plans not working out, and the temperature creeping into the hundreds, we decided to head back up to Apple Valley and shred some local pools. 

Slashing some coping. This pool is right down the street from my mom's place. I wish I would have known that 5 years ago!

Slashing some coping. This pool is right down the street from my mom's place. I wish I would have known that 5 years ago!

Since this trick is literally called a nosepick, I thought my actions were fitting.

Since this trick is literally called a nosepick, I thought my actions were fitting.

Battled some other tricks for awhile. I was pretty stoked once the job was done.

Battled some other tricks for awhile. I was pretty stoked once the job was done.

          With the sun going down and the crazy desert people coming out, Johnny and I said our goodbyes, blasted our favorite songs, and headed home at 100 mph down a very sketchy road. It's always a pleasure buddy. Check out his weekly uploads on his Flickr and Instagram accounts.

          It's not a trip to California without a visit to Disneyland, I mean c'mon! My lovely lady, Paige, was also in town for a few days on her vacation, so we gathered the whole clan up and made our way to the happiest place on Earth!

The most cliche place to take a picture. Pretty sure my friend Libby purposed to his fiance in the same spot.

The most cliche place to take a picture. Pretty sure my friend Libby purposed to his fiance in the same spot.

Started off with a bang! Or should I say blast. For the record, I scored insanely high, but for some reason the picture booth punk'd me. Why do you look so confused mom?

Started off with a bang! Or should I say blast. For the record, I scored insanely high, but for some reason the picture booth punk'd me. Why do you look so confused mom?

Chillin' with the homies.

Chillin' with the homies.

Living that dream of becoming an astronaut.

Living that dream of becoming an astronaut.

Toon Town!

Toon Town!

Ella taking us down the highway to hell.

Ella taking us down the highway to hell.

          With Ella in school, and my mom running errands all day, I was able to use the next couple days to skate with some old friends at the local park. It's nothing crazy compared to other skateparks, but for some reason it was always one of my favorites. I use the in between 6 months I'm not there to think of tricks I should try when I go back. I was able to walk away with not one, but two new ones under my belt. See here, and here

          During the week, my sister's school hosted a really fun "Family Fun Night." They had all sorts of games, and activities. Ella even got her face painted!

Teaching Ella some archery skills against 25 mph winds!

Teaching Ella some archery skills against 25 mph winds!

I would be lying if I said that I didn't trip her. Classic.

I would be lying if I said that I didn't trip her. Classic.

          It is a family tradition that we go putt putt golfing every time I visit. There's no stopping now! Even though Ella destroyed me, we both had a good time, and I was even able to win her a free game of mini golf by making the specialty 18th hole!

Hole in one baby!

Hole in one baby!

"Could you guys please just take a nice photo?" -Mom.

"Could you guys please just take a nice photo?" -Mom.

          With the summer dwindling down to its last days we took advantage of my mom's little pool, and made sure we reeked havoc in the backyard as much as we could.

Moments before all hell broke loose.

Moments before all hell broke loose.

We even got my mom's new dog, Hank, in on it. He was a little baby and ran into the house.

We even got my mom's new dog, Hank, in on it. He was a little baby and ran into the house.

          For my last day we tried to think of something super amazing that we could do. My mom's boyfriend, Kelly, suggested we take a trip to an old gold mine up in the mountains. We did just that, and it was the perfect outing to end my vacation.

If you haven't heard, there was 2 enormous wildfires that got out of control in Southern California. Unfortunately, both happened about 20 minutes away from my mom's place. We had to drive through several miles of the burnt remains in order to get to the mine. Definitely scary to see what a raging fire can cause. 

If you haven't heard, there was 2 enormous wildfires that got out of control in Southern California. Unfortunately, both happened about 20 minutes away from my mom's place. We had to drive through several miles of the burnt remains in order to get to the mine. Definitely scary to see what a raging fire can cause. 

Within the first couple hundred feet of the hiking trail there were several enormous fallen trees. We had fun climbing on them.

Within the first couple hundred feet of the hiking trail there were several enormous fallen trees. We had fun climbing on them.

This part of the trail was super sketchy. At one point it is only like 6 inches wide with a steep gravel hill/cliff right by your side. My mom had a little bit of a panic attack, but hey....... we're all still alive.

This part of the trail was super sketchy. At one point it is only like 6 inches wide with a steep gravel hill/cliff right by your side. My mom had a little bit of a panic attack, but hey....... we're all still alive.

After 2 and a half miles of hiking we finally made it up to the mine! Ella was really the only one that could easily get inside, but a few minutes after I took this photo, a group of friends emerged from the mine saying they went back about 500-1000 feet before it started to split off into several other tunnels.

After 2 and a half miles of hiking we finally made it up to the mine! Ella was really the only one that could easily get inside, but a few minutes after I took this photo, a group of friends emerged from the mine saying they went back about 500-1000 feet before it started to split off into several other tunnels.

You had to climb what was left of the mine's structural support to get to the tunnels, but once you got up there it was definitely a great sight. Fun fact, while I was climbing up the steel beams I cut my head on a beam I didn't see. It felt amazing........

You had to climb what was left of the mine's structural support to get to the tunnels, but once you got up there it was definitely a great sight. Fun fact, while I was climbing up the steel beams I cut my head on a beam I didn't see. It felt amazing........

The hike back sucked, but we all muscled through. Especially you mom! Get the lead out!

The hike back sucked, but we all muscled through. Especially you mom! Get the lead out!

          Though we didn't come back with any gold, it was still a really good time. Once we had a minute to catch our breaths and pack up we headed for home for one final tradition.

As a family we always finish out my vacation by baking a cake and celebrating everybody's upcoming birthdays. Happy 7th birthday Ella. Happy 21st birthday to myself. A very big happy 40th birthday to my mom! You're so old hahaha.

As a family we always finish out my vacation by baking a cake and celebrating everybody's upcoming birthdays. Happy 7th birthday Ella. Happy 21st birthday to myself. A very big happy 40th birthday to my mom! You're so old hahaha.

         My trips out to California are some of the best times I have all year. Even if I'm just sitting on the couch with my mom helping Ella do her homework, its always a pleasure. Moving away from my family and friends has definitely made me appreciate the little things when I go back. Just want to say thanks to my family and friends for showing me a good time, it always feels like I never left. TILL NEXT TIME!