We left the dealer around 3pm and headed north to Pismo Beach. Our route took us through Santa Barbara where our friends Jim and Andrew live. We made a quick stop at their lovely home, chatted while enjoying their amazing view of Leadbetter Beach and the kids ate most of a plate of lemon buttermilk cookies that Jim made and then we were back on our way.
The first drive in the car was fun. It floats down the road, although it’s big it doesn’t feel it, the seats are super comfortable, the stereo sounds great and the kids were comfortable even sitting three-across in the middle row. The Adaptive Cruise Control is like magic. I’m glad I didn’t give up on that option in my search for a car!
We arrived at The Inn at the Pier at 7pm. I don’t know how Gay finds and books great hotels so quickly — I have a great travel agent.
While the kids got situated in their room, Gay and I went down to the bar for a Manhattan:
The kids came downstairs and we went out for dinner at The Board Room.
After weeks of scouring the country for a Land Rover Discovery with the options and colors we wanted, and running into roadblock after roadblock, I got one in LA yesterday. Instead of shipping it back we decided to drive it back and make a trip out of it. It works out well because we don’t have childcare while Maddie is vacationing with her family in, of all places, Germany; we can’t get much work done while also keeping the kids active.
Our flight to LA was scheduled for 6am so we woke up at 4am, got the already-packed kids up and dressed and were in an Uber by 4:35am and on our way to the airport. Then we got a message from JetBlue that our flight was delayed 2 hours. That extra 2 hours would’ve been appreciated for sleeping!
While waiting at the gate, I was sitting next to a guy who was also flying to LA to pick up a car that he bought.
On board, we had free WiFi and I could watch the second half of the Steelers/Eagles preseason game via DirecTV:
We landed at Long Beach Airport (hot!) and took another Uber to Land Rover Encino. LA traffic is insane. We met our super nice sales guy and 18-year Land Rover sales veteran, Bill, who I had been phoning/emailing/texting with for a couple weeks. He showed us the car, let us drive it and handed me off to the finance guy (Shaquille O’Neal look-a-like) while Gay took the hungry kids to lunch next door, then Bill gave us a tour of the car and helped us get it connected to the iPhone apps and to the internet. Our car is on the internet and even has a phone number.
I didn’t have good experiences with most of the salespeople at Seattle Land Rover dealers but I liked Land Rover Encino (the largest Land Rover dealer in the west?). When we upgrade to the Range Rover I’ll come back here and do this trip again.