Time to wrap up our family adventure. I'm going to make one last post with the rest of the road trip. We cover a lot of ground, but we are all getting tired and haven't been taking as many pictures, especially once the van is headed east...
We're finally on our way to the main reason for our road trip - Tonya and Arnie’s wedding at the Oceano Hotel & Spa in Half Moon Bay California. After a rough day of driving through the middle of California and spending the night in the “Armpit” of California (Bakersfield) we made it to our destination by 3:00 Thursday afternoon, just in time for Kristi to make it to the wedding rehearsal. Tonya, Kristi’s college friend & roommate was getting married, and she was a bridesmaid along with all the roommates. Once a Beaver, always a Beaver!
While Kristi was at the rehearsal, the kids and I checked into our room and then headed for the ocean. It was the kids first ocean experience. They had fun running in and out of the water, but we didn’t have much time because we had to get ready for the grooms dinner. The dinner was at the Half Moon Brewing Company and we had a lot of fun, great company, great food and most importantly after all that driving, great beer!
Wedding Day After breakfast the family headed for the ocean. We went to Maverick’s Beach to go for a hike and check out the tide pools. Saw some really cool stuff, even a few seals. Like our whole time in California we didn't spend a lot of time here because now Kristi had to get back to the resort to hang out with her friends and get ready for the wedding.
Me and the kids did some exploring without mom. Had lunch at a cool little fish shack, Barbara’s Fishtrap, some of the best fish and chips I've ever had. Then we found a really cool beach about a 1/2 mile south of the resort and the kids really got to experience the ocean. Little Eddie almost got swept out to sea a couple of times, don't tell mom!
The rest of the day was getting ready for the wedding, the wedding ceremony and the reception. All the festivities were at the resort and first class. Everyone had a blast!
Saturday-The Day After We only had two nights reserved at the resort, we said our goodbyes to everyone and headed for San Fransisco. In hindsight, we should have stayed one more night at the resort and spent more time exploring the area. Plus driving through SF and over the Golden Gate Bridge on a Saturday afternoon was not a good decision. Can you say, overcrowded?! Once we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge we stopped for lunch in Sausalito. Too many people, we're all tired and grumpy so the crowds inspired us to get back on the road.
We've been on the road for 11 days, when I asked everyone what they wanted to do, they all said Let's go Home! So that's what we did. That night we made it to Roseville CA. Sunday we made it to Salt Lake City UT. Monday we made it to Casper WY. And on Tuesday after a long 15 hour drive we were home! Nothing exciting happened between California and home other that seeing a lot of the USA through our van's windows.
We were on the road for 14 days and traveled 5049.5 miles. It was an experience we'll never forget and great childhood memories for the kids. We will definitely do more road trips in the future!