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Mon, 02 Apr 2018

Spring is here

It has been an odd winter. It has been mild, except that when it usually warms up here, it started to get cold. I usually put out tomato plants in February, but this year it froze after that and I had to replace my tomatoes. The weather is finally warming up though. 

There was unusual weather across the nation. Hardly any snow in the Sierras until March. Four major snowstorms on the East coast in March. Anyway, plans for Spring break were hard to make because we didn't want to end up somewhere it would be raining or snowing. So at the last minute we decided that the ocean would be our safest bet. Of course, I was missing the beach and wanted to go anyway.

We started our trip with a night at Mom's. We met up with the Dills for dinner. Mom had bought a birthday cake for me also. yum. 

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Then Marc and I left for Pinnacles National Park. I had been there once before, but wanted a second chance to see a California condor up close. We took a pretty hike, but unfortunately still did not see a condor. We did attend a ranger talk and learned interesting things.


After Pinnacles, we drove to Santa Cruz. We checked into our hotel, walked downtown to explore. We had a good dinner and then sat in the hot tub to relax.

Then next morning, we got up and drove to the marina. We had tickets to go whale watching. First we explored the marina and lighthouse.


Then we met Chuck, the sea otter. 


We saw quite a few humpback whales feeding. It was fun to see them up close.

After whale watching, we went downtown again to explore. We had pizza and salad for dinner and then sat in the hot tub again. We were on vacation to relax after all. 

The next morning, we checked out of our hotel/ We had about 30 miles to go for our next accommodations, so we wandered leisurely  up highway 1. We stopped to see a real blue whale skeleton.


The coastline along here for about 50 miles is almost undeveloped. There are a lot of farms and ranches. I did not realize that when I made our reservations. The address said Pescadero and I'd remembered that there was a lighthouse there, with a youth hostel, but didn't realize that the town of Pescadero was tiny.But the remoteness made the beaches beautiful and uncrowded.



We explored some and then got to Ano Nuevo State Park. We found out that we were just in time for a ranger walk to see the elephant seals, something that I'd always wanted to do. We were in the wrong season to see the males fighting, but there were still seals around to see. We saw two juvenile males that were old enough to have large noses. Most of the seals were just lying about, saving their energy. They don't eat while on land, so they had been fasting for months. They lose a lot of weight while there. Soon they will swim back to sea. 




We finally checked into our tent cabin at  Costanoa. This was just like the tent cabins at scout camp, but not at all like the cabins at scout camp. We had a cushy queen-sized bed with down comforter and four pillows. The bathrooms had heated floors and hot showers. We also had a hot tub again for ultimate relaxing. 


Here, we discovered that we had to drive to Half Moon Bay for dinner, but had a good Italian dinner.On the way back we saw the sunset behind pigeon point lighthouse.


The next day we explored the surroundings, including the redwoods at Butano State Park.









Then came back in time for low tide and more tide pools.

Thursday was my actual birthday, as opposed to the whole "birthday week," (which I took advantage of). We stopped at the best bakery in Davenport for a cinnamon twist for breakfast.

 Then went to the pier in Santa Cruz for a last look at the ocean. We saw sea lions and a lot of fish under the pier.

I decided to get a second breakfast if fish and chips. The fish was delicious. 


We headed for home, stopping for dinner in Bakersfield. We had fish tacos at Rubios. 

And we drove home, arriving in Las Vegas about nine to celebrate my birthday again (this time including Thomas) with ice cream.

What a great vacation and a fun way to celebrate all week. I'm so glad Marc was able to take the week off so that we could do this together.







posted at: 12:05 |

Mon, 01 Jan 2018

November and December 2017

I set a goal to have my blog updated by the time Christmas break was over. Once again, I am having technical difficulties. This time it is my phone that is the problem. I need a new phone but have been putting off getting one because I hate learning how to use a new phone and I hate the fact that they only last two years or so. I hate disposable electronics. Oh well, things keep breaking on my phone and I think I can make do, but now I can't seem to transfer the pictures. That may be the last straw.

Anyway, I'm going to go ahead and post about Thanksgiving even without pictures. Normally my blog is just a way to post my pictures, but now I may  have to actually write something…we'll see how that works.

Since Melody and Calvin spent Christmas with us  last year, they planned to spend Thanksgiving with us this year. We reserved our timeshare in Eden, Utah, so that neither they nor Bryan would not have to drive too far. This year for the first time, both Marc and I had the whole week off. We were really looking forward to it. I thought that we might have snow and would maybe even do a little cross-country skiing, something we hadn't done for a long time.

Well, it looked a little like winter when we arrived, but it rained the first night we were there, and all the snow melted. After that, it was sunny and warm. That was OK because Melody, Calvin, and Bryan all already get their fill of snow. The timeshare had a lot to do. We played racquetball, pool, took walks, sat in the jacuzzi, and played games, in addition to eating. I loved the racquetball and vowed to play more when I got home, but have not done that as yet. Melody and Calvin also brought some homework and so worked on that. They had robots to build for a class they were taking together, and Melody had drawing to do. 

The timeshare was smaller than we had expected, so I was a little worried that we'd be able to fix a whole turkey dinner in the little kitchen. We managed. There was a great little market just about a mile away and we ran to the store practically every day we were there, in spite of the fact that I'd tried to plan and bring what I thought we would need. The last day I took a picture of all six of us standing in the tiny kitchen to show that we'd all fit. I wish I could show you the picture. We are all so cute.

The last day, we all drove to Ogden and went to the air museum there. It was a pretty nice museum, with a lot of planes to look at. Since the weather was so nice, it was a real treat to be outside for awhile in such a pretty place.

After this trip, we headed home. In early December, I flew to Fresno to spend some Christmas time with Mom and Wayne. Katie was there too, so that was nice to see her too. We did the traditional bowling thing. We seemed to roll more gutter balls than usual. I lost, but I always have hope that one of these trips I will be amazing. Maybe I should practice so that happens. Right after I get good at racquetball…

Christmas this year was going to be quiet. Bryan had to work on Christmas, but was planning to came for the New Year. Melody and Calvin were going to Malad, but ended up staying in Rexburg because of bad weather. So the three of us, Marc, Thomas, and I, had a quiet Christmas. We did the usual, watched movies, ate quiche, opened presents, ate ham, drank eggnog. It was relaxing. 

On the 27th, we celebrated our 26th anniversary by taking Thomas to get his wisdom teeth out… He had made the appointment, and it needed to get done, so we went ahead. It all went fairly smoothly. Thomas was uncomfortable on Wednesday, so we sat together and watched movies all day. Thomas felt much better on Thursday, so Marc and I went out then for a nice dinner together. 

Bryan came home on Friday. We went to the REI garage sale on Saturday morning together, but otherwise we've just been relaxing too.I guess that I should mention that neither Bryan nor Marc are feeling very good, and Thomas has been taking it easy too, so that explains all the movie watching and relaxing.  New Years was wild, with staying up until midnight watching more movies. 

And now this blog is up to this very day. We just took down the tree together and had BBQ tri-tip for dinner. The rest of the nation is having a cold spell, so we needed to celebrate our warm weather by eating BBQ. Now that I can cross this goal off my list, I am going to join the family and watch more movies. I should mention that I still have 6 days of vacation left, so should be able to get everything done that I'd planned during these days off.

Happy New year!

posted at: 21:49 |

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