Thursday, August 14, 2008

back to my king sized bed...ahhhhhhhhhhhhh UPDATED

Santa Cruz beach, called Capitola Beach. It was sooo pretty. And you can't tell here, but these are pelicans. They would dive bomb into the water to catch fish, and then swallow them whole. You'd see the fish jiggling around in it's throat, and then belly. Poor thing, what a way to go.

While in Santa Cruz, we relaxed, ate clam chowder on the beach, went on a hundred mile bike ride along the beach (a small hyperbole perhaps) and saw a wonderful old lighthouse along with some nice cliffs, sand and sea. We went to a cute little town to shop, and watch some new-age hippies (like the old hippies, but perhaps more educated, and a tad cleaner), and showed Kierstin UCSC, which she now wants to go away to college... though not there. She will of course go to Jr. College first for her Gen. Ed. Hmmmmm, we'll see. Sorry I digressed.

We went to Smithwoods beautiful little campground in Santa Cruz area. We didn't stay here (photo), because, daggummit, we wanted full hookups and cable!

Can you guess? Yup, San Fran. Foggy, but beautiful. This was the only day we got a little blue sky and sun. Dern it.

In San Fran, we stayed at a camp ground that was literally on the cliff. Here's the view from our spot:

While in San Fran we went to: Ghiradelli's, GG Bridge, China Town (my fave), the original chinese cookie factory (they are actually yummy there), the crookedest shortest street (I don't know the name), a bunch of the homes that are the highest view-------so beautiful, these little mansionettes. We again went on another 100 mile bike ride through Golden Gate Park. It is an amazingly large park with museums and tons of stuff to see. We didn't have enough time to hit the museums, which I LOVE, so maybe next time. That being said, the 2 bike rides kept me from gaining poundage from all that lovely creamy clam chowder we were scarfing almost daily. Aaaaaaaaand went i went back to the gym, after the trip, i was actually in better shape then before the trip. Huh, who knew?

Favorite part of vacation for:

Eric- bike rides of course

Heather- China Town

Kierstin- shopping and goofing off w/Bryce

Bryce- China Town and time with his sister

When we were almost home, Eric got a little choked up, thinking that this may be one of the last vacations with everyone before college hits in a few years. Kierstin said that vacations remind you to slow down, and have fun with your own family, and how important Bryce was to her (she had forgotten how much fun she could have with her lil' brother), and Bryce said he had missed his sister, and hopes she spends some time with him at home sometimes. Dang, i was choking up too, my kids are just so wonderful, (you know, when they're not horid) and i love them so much, and they are growing up toooooo danged fast. Ah well, story of everyones life eh? Okay, i'm gonna stop all this sappy stuff right now!

I head back to school Monday, and the kids on Thursday, and Eric the following wk. so back to the salt mines we go. But this is a good reminder for all of us to remember what truly counts: a good bowl of clam chowder.......... um, I mean, time with your family.


Anonymous said...

Nice pictures! Did you buy any chocolates from Ghirardelli?

Andrea :D

hope2brn said...

Wow, Looks wonderful!! I am so jealous! I hope your whole summer has been that fun filled! When does school start back for you?
We start on 09/02. I am scared and feel like I forgot everything I learned.
The West coast must be really beautiful. Some day maybe I will be able to see it in person.

ann said...

What a beautiful trip! Looks like you had so much fun. God Bless as you start 4th sem. this week :)