Road Trip Fun: Part 1

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Heading out on our 16-day road trip!
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First stop: Mojitos at the Boathouse at Hendry’s beach
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Teresa and Bethany
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Santa Barbara Museum of art
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Afternoon playing at the Pacific
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Lovely dinner at Finch and Fork YUM!
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Were ready for day 2
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At the Santa Barbara Mission
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“The only thing that makes life worth living is the possibility of experiencing now and then a perfect moment.” -Paul Bowles
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Onto our next destination…
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Wine tasting time in Paso Robles! All this driving makes me thirsty!
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Made it to Pacific Grove- Monterey
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Teresa and Bethany
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Trip to Monterey Bay aquarium
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Liv, Nat and Bethany
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The girls and their crab dinner!
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Bethany
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Day 4: San Fransisco
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We stayed at the Kabuki Hotel in Japantown
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Very pretty!
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Waraku is the #1 Ramen spot in San Fransisco
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She’s a pro at ramen eating
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I went with the spicy one
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We made it to San Fransisco and it’s freezing!
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Good fun in the glass elevator at the Westin St. Francis- were 34 floors up!
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Took a two hour bus trip through San Fransisco
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Groovy time inย  Haight-Ashbury
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Made it to the Golden Gate Bridge!
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Steven flew up to join us for the night. On our way to have a cocktail at Sir Francis Drake
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Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Cafe
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Cheers to friends and adventures!
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Love these two! Fun times!
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Japantown Peace Plaza
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That long stretch of nothing until we reach Yreka
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On our way to Scott River to play
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So beautiful!
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This was a mountain paradise
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Nat
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Good times with Christine!
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Liv and Jordan- these two have known each other since they were wee babes
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Sunsets in Yreka
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At the lake- our last night in Yreka before we head up to Seattle…

What a fun road trip! Our first stop brought us to beautiful Santa Barbara. We headed straight to the Boathouse at Hendry’s beach for a late lunch and cocktail. After recharging we headed to State Street for some window shopping and exploring. The beach was our next destination. The fog was heavy at times but the girls had fun splashing in the Pacific. I made reservations at Finch and Fork (a farm to table style) and we had a lovely dinner. After more walking around, we headed back to the Hotel Santa Barbara for some rest before day 2…

Day 2 was going to be about five hours in the car before reaching our destination in Pacific Grove (Monterey). We first visited the Mission in Santa Barbara for a couple of hours. We explored the grounds for a couple of hours then made our way by lunch up to Paso Robles. One of my favorite wines is Tobin James so we made a stop here to purchase some wine to bring back home. After wine tasting we continued our journey and arrived in Pacific Grove. We rented a lovely cottage a block from Monterey Bay. We had stayed at this cottage a year before and had to bring our friends to share the fun space. We spent three days in Pacific Grove exploring, recharging and eating lots of yummy food! After our three days here, we headed up north to San Fransisco. We arrived at Hotel Kabuki, checked in and headed across the street to Waraku to warm up- it was so cold in SF! We next set out and visited Union Square to do a bus tour. Our two hour tour took us all over San Fransisco. We ended back at Union Square where we met up with Teresa’s husband, Steven and did some window shopping. Finally, we took an Uber over to Francis Ford Coppola’s restaurant, Cafe Zoetrope. We had a lovely dinner here with our friends on our last night of the road trip together before we parted and went our separate ways.

Day 6 had us heading up north again to Yreka, California to visit our friends who moved here two years ago. We spent a couple of days hanging out together, catching up like old times, visiting the Scott river for some fun. We still had another 10 days of our road trip in Oregon and Washington. I will do a separate post about that part of our trip. Stay tuned!

 

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