My biggest regret of this trip is not making is over to the Oregon coast, which I have heard so much about. In fact, we spent less time in Oregon than in any other state, which I know from previous visit, really is a shame. It is gorgeous and we missed so much. However, we were faced with the tough choice of going to the coast OR making it down to the California Redwoods. We couldn’t do both and still stay on schedule (darn the schedule… next time give me a whole summer!!!). Ultimately I am very glad we went to see the Redwoods. As you can see from the photos, they are glorious and I wouldn’t have traded them in for any other experience. I just wish I had time for both. After a day in the Redwoods we continued South and camped just East of San Francisco in the Delta area. Our goal was to make it to Monterey Bay Aquarium by Monday at noon to meet up with my sister in law and family. We made it and the aquarium was awesome. The kids loved checking out the sharks, jellyfish and penguins. It was a pretty amazing place!
After the aquarium we drove 3 more hours to their house in Oceano, CA, near Pismo Beach. It was wonderful to visit with family, see my sweet little niece and go to the beach! We spent the next morning at the beach and the kids had a blast running from the waves and building sand castles. In the afternoon we visited a local farm for some animal petting, hayride and apple picking. Have I mentioned how awesome all the fresh fruit has been on this trip?
Yesterday we said farewell to our California family and started the drive East towards home. We made it as far as Joshua Tree National Park where we camped for the night. We happened to arrive on the second night of an amazing meteor shower as we found out from some fellow campers. We were able to enjoy the shooting stars from our tent, since we left the rain fly off and the view was spectacular. Unfortunately, the super moon that is also happening this week made the night almost as bright as day and I had a hard time sleeping. But the kids slept fine, so nobody is grumpy today, so all is well.
We got up bright and early, packed up camp and were on the road again to Phoenix, where we had lunch with a blogger friend, Kelly, from Oh Lardy and her family. My four year old found a kindred spirit in her daughter and they had a fun time playing while we chatted.
Next stop, Tucson to visit the lovely Danielle It’s a Love/Love Thing who is hosting us for the night. We still haven’t decided whether we will power through the last 14 hours tomorrow to make it home or stop somewhere in West Texas for the night. We have managed to keep all of our driving to between 6 to 8 hours a day which is great for the kids. Any longer and they get cranky and restless. But everyone is SO ready to be home that we kind of want to just GET THERE. You know the feeling? I will let you know what we decide!
On our way to the Coast:
Beach and California Family:
On the road again:
Joshua Tree National Park
Welcome to Arizona:
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