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Romantic California Trip
Posted Sep 19, 2008 - 09:12 PM

Airplane On July 15, Paul and I left Alexa and Paul Andrew with my parents and went on a romantic getaway to California. It wasn't all fun and romance, Paul had to work the first 2 days in LA and then the fun began. Our drive up the coast started early Thursday morning. Our final destination that day was Monterrey. We drove up the Pacific Coast Highway making stops at the Reagan National Library, Santa Barbara, Andersen's restaurant in Buellton for split pea soup (Abu's recommendation) and Solvang to see the Dutch village. It was a beautiful, but long drive down the coast. The road was high and very winding. We drove most of the way with the top of the Mustang down, but the weather got too cold, so we had to put the top up towards the end of the drive. That day we were on the road for 12 hours! We arrived at Monterrey at about 7, and headed to the wharf for dinner, and finally went home to rest. We were pretty tired.

The next morning began with a beautiful 18-mile drive around Pebble Beach. The day was a bit misty and foggy but it cleared up as the morning wore on. After the drive, we walked around downtown Carmel and it was beautiful. Next, we stopped by the Monterrey Aquarium, on Cannery Row. After the aquarium we continued our drive up the Pacific Coast Highway, stopping in Santa Cruz. We enjoyed lunch at the boardwalk. The boardwalk is right on the beach and is an amusement park filled with rollercoasters, merry-go-rounds, carnival games and carnival food. Our next stop was Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. We walked the mile trail seeing the huge redwood trees. From the redwood forest we drove to Silicon Valley. We, of course, made a stop in Cupertino, Apple’s headquarters. Our final destination that day was Napa Valley.

We visited 4 vineyards the next day. We started out in Napa Valley where we visited the Rubicon vineyards, formerly know as the Coppola vineyards, and St Supery. The wines were so good that we bought 2 at Rubicon and 4 at St Supery. We stopped to have lunch at Mustards Grill, which was delicious. We then drove over to Sonoma to visit some more vineyards, St Francis and Ledson. In Sonoma we bought 4 more bottles. That evening we drove to San Francisco for the last 2 nights of our vacation.

While in San Francisco, we visited the Golden Gate Bridge, walked along Fisherman’s Wharf, ate some delicious clam chowder in a breadbowl, and visited Alcatraz. In order to get tickets to Alcatraz we had to make a line at 7 in the morning and the tickets went on sale at 9. It was very cold but we finally got our tickets. Alcatraz Island was pretty impressive. The jail was built high up on the hill and you got to see all the cells, the mess hall, and the officers living area. It was a short time in San Francisco, but we saw everything we wanted. Before we knew it, it was Sunday and we had to fly home to see the kids whom we missed a lot.


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