We agreed that this blog would be by all of us… and so far, not so much. It’s Wednesday evening, January 22nd and we’ve just had the best lasagna dinner, everyone’s in a good mood, so here we go…
The best part of the trip is sleeping in and seeing all the new places. My favorite was Alcatraz. I liked it because i liked to see the cells that were in the movies. We had to ride a boat to get there.
So far, my favorite part of the trip has been San Diego. I love the warm weather and going to the beach was so much fun! I’ve never been to a beach in January yet alone be able to get in the water. On the contrary, the least enjoyable part was leaving home, which included quitting gym and not being able to see my friends. It has been a rough transition and still is, but I’m looking forward to Arizona 🙂
I am loving every minute. It’s pure joy to be living our dream after all our hard work. My favorite part has been the continual family time. Instead of chauffeuring the kids to school, gym, football, church and friend’s houses, we are spending time together. The first 14 years of parenting have gone by so quickly, I am going to savor every minute I have left with Eliza and Nate.
And Dan! We took another great bike ride today, up a beautiful gorge cut between huge cliffs, and it was heaven. It reminded me of all the rides we took when we did our trip like this in 1998. We rode everywhere because we didn’t have a tow vehicle. We found forts, rivers, historical markers, cities, Superman’s museum, trails and snacks all on our two wheelers. This time we’re finding time to ourselves!
Been away for a month now. To be honest, I have not thought a whole bunch about Bend and even less about the work I retired from. I have been thinking about my friends though. We headed to the coast at Lincoln City to spend a week with Sally’s family for Christmas. It was great. It only rained the first two days, then sunny. That is the only rain we have had this entire first month. We drove over 300 miles. Long day. From there, one night at Sunset Bay to see the Christmas lights at Shore Acres. Beautiful. Not too cold about 39. One night at Harris Beach. Nice. We had a campfire in December!! This is a beautiful park. One of our favorites at $20. Then off to California. Bye bye Oregon for sometime to come. We will miss you. Spent the first night in a Walmart parking lot in Ukiah. Got kind of cold that night, but we had the furnace on. Off early the next day to Olema Campground next to Point Reyes National Seashore. Nice RV park. We spent the next few days visiting San Francisco and the park. The highlight was seeing the Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower. San Francisco is a cool town to visit. One week there then off to Vineyard RV park outside of Vacaville CA. The highlight was seeing Sally’s Uncle Bob and Aunt Jean and the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield. We ate too much. The kid’s started home schooling this week. Sally and I did some bike rides. We took our RV to DeMartini RV in Grass Valley to get it fixed. They did a great job. The RV has been working well since. I love that part of California, Hwy 49 in the foothills. It is so nice. I worked in Auburn CA for a few months. This was a nice RV park. Off to southern California. We stopped at Lost Hills RV park and then finally at Pyramid Lake RV Resort. Pyramid Lake RV park was a huge disappointment. Too nice of a picture on the web and $50 to just park over night really. So I took a “$10” shower to make up for it. The next day drove right thru Los Angeles. The traffic was not too bad. Hot. Almost 90 degrees that day. Nice to just drive through. The park we are at is Santee Lakes County Park. This is really nice.
So, we have done a lot this first month. I am just finishing up or trip itinerary for the next 180 days. That has been quite a bit of work. Not as easy as I thought. Finally, I am starting to get into this trip of a lifetime!! There for a while, I was feeling down. I guess after having worked in my job for 11 years and setting up a family routine, it was hard to change. But ya know what?? It is going to be well worth it. Sally and I rationalized this trip over and over. There for a while I was questioning our rationalization for doing the trip. But not now. They were all spot on. I miss my friends at work. I miss my usually routines, but I will get new ones. I have all that I need right here in this small little box of a a home: Sally, Eliza, and Nate. It has been awesome getting to spend more time with Sally. We have been walking the dogs together, bike riding, trip planning, and just hanging out. We have been a good, solid team with all of the things that have been going on. She is great.
I promise to do a better job of blogging so all of you can track us and keep up with our great family adventure.