We headed out on a mild, pre-dawn morning in a car with un-reclinable seats (Thee worst kind of seats known to mankind! No lie!). Grrrr. Despite the hellish seats, the hours flew by and we had two hours to arrive at our first stop (San Francisco). But at the second to the last minute we decided to cut through to the Pacific Coast Highway to tour some of California's coastline. It was beeeeeeautiful! But... we added about 8 hours to our road trip. Was it worth it? TOTALLY!
After our scenic, coastline drive, we arrived in a dreary and chilly San Francisco. No treat there! I wept a little inside actually, because I only packed 1 fleece sweater and some shorter sleeved jackets. (Boo!) Actually, we all under packed. (Isn't it sunny and 85 degrees everywhere in CA?) . My poor daddy was chilled to the core, but he was such a trooper! He never complained!
We spent the night in an overpriced Days Inn, soaked in the sights, and then drove to El Dorado County the next afternoon. On the way to our next hotel, we saw a few sleepy cowboy towns and lots of vengeful mosquitoes. What did a jongleur ever do to offend such fierce little specks of hatred?!!! I got 18 mosquito bites within the course of an hour!!! Uh... Itchy central? Yup! I was a little miserable. Yet thankful I encountered 18 mosquitoes and not 18 bears...(Always looking on the bright side!)
The days following consisted of daydreaming of Calamine lotion baths, hiking, eating, visiting Lake Tahoe and driving through scary , twisty, deer stocked, mountain roads... We almost hit a doe at one point, but Lovey used his masterful, mountain man ways to swerve out of harms way. Praise the Lord! That was probably thee scariest moment of the trip...And we were so grateful nothing scarier than that happened...(ie No bear sightings! Wee!!) A blessed trip indeed!! Thanks to all who prayed for our safety!
Here are the last set of snaps...
My parents are such troopers. They're great people to travel with!