Well, I’m back… and only 351 posts in my google reader! LOL. We had a great time and I will try to write about each day at a later time, but here is the breakdown of our 9 day vacation.
Day 1: Drive to Gilroy, CA
Day 2: Gilroy Gardens (that’s me in a giant artichoke above!)
Day 3: Santa Cruz Boardwalk, train to redwoods – my birthday!
Day 4: Alcatraz and San Francisco
Day 5: Jelly Belly Factory tour, Old Town Sacramento and Train Museum
Day 6: Calaveras County: Angels Camp, Murphys (Mercer Caverns) and Columbia – old mining towns
Day 7: Volcano (mining town) Lake Tahoe – 4th of July!
Day 8: Lake Tahoe
Day 9: Drove home
Some days were great, but as Katie is 3, we had some rough times as well. Grant travels wonderfully…. no issues with him at all. I think he was just excited to have me sit in the backseat next to him. We booked a few things online ahead of time and got better rates than if we had just shown up. We even got 1/2 price coupons from our hotel to Gilroy Gardens which saved us quite a bit of money. Andrew was recovering from a cold on the way up, but it turned into pharyngitis and he had to go to the emergency room. Other than that, no problems along the way. It was a great way to see some parts of California that we had never been to.