I forgot to mention that Soulmate flew into Oakland and we picked him up and all drove to Monterey. He just didn't just appear- although sometimes I think he is magic:)
From Monterey we drove to L.A.. This is where Soulmate grew up and we thought it would be fun to show the kiddos where his home and schools were, eat at his old haunts and it was halfway to Scotsdale- our next stop. L.A is a crazy place. It is pretty, but so stinking intense and busy. Traffic like I've never seen. We left the next morning at 5am to get out and on the road again.