Monday the 15th was the day I drove from Sacramento to San Diego in one fell swoop.
We were off only 30 minutes late! Considering that was 5:30 am and my mom was involved, this was a marvel. Usually, the longer the trip, the more hour(s) she is late, but this whole trip she was fantastic. =)
Amazingly, she didn't have to use the bathroom three times in the first few hours either, so we drove nearly five hours straight before our first stop in the minuscule town of Grapevine, just north of the Tejon Pass. As it had snowed in the mountains the prior night, the views were lovely.
Driving the Tejon Pass was one of the highlights of the day. The fresh-fallen snow on the higher elevations gave it such a wintry air, and only a few miles from Los Angeles! We passed Pyramid Lake which was such an intoxicating teal-blue hue that I though I was up in the northern Rockies.
After that came getting through Los Angeles, and thanks to my wonderful brother's sage advice, we got through with only a minimum of traffic delays.
It was nothing but intensifying rain for the last hundred-plus miles of the drive, but I am grateful it wasn't rain for the entire day of it. Stopped in the rich neighborhood of La Jolla, but didn't stay long due to the weather. Then safely to our hotel, after hitting the worst traffic of the day trying to get into San Diego. And I was extremely glad to be done driving!