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Trip to California- Part 2

I am just as surprised as you to see the rest of these pictures done and up already!! So I am just going to pick up where we left off, leaving the Muir Beach Overlook. We headed back into the city for dinner and when we reached the Golden Gate Bridge, to see the fog just like a blanket was crazy!


The next day we hung out down on the piers and walked around for a while. We saw Alcatraz and the famous seals, and some cool sights.




When Jordan went to go feed our meter, I sat down and watched a fun break dance group. They did some crazy tricks, and I didn't even take a picture till they were done!

That night we drove out to have dinner and hang with our friends, the Buzzards. They took us on a 2 mile hike around some beautiful trials and then to dinner. The trails were so nice and we had a blast with them and their two boys!

Here is Jordan and Justin and the two little boys. Jordan was a servant and carried the little tyke the whole hike!

This path reminded me of the cover of the membership book our church used to use!


The next day was another fabulous day. We drove down the coast to a beach town called Carmel. The drive down was mostly highway, but we had a blast talking and being together. A few miles before our exit, we saw signs for Pebble Beach and the 17-Mile Drive. Jordan knew about both places, so we took a detour!


After a windy drive through some expensive real estate, we had tons of views of the beach. We came to a beach area and took a little walk, to find some awesome sights, right next the golf courses.
This is Pebble Beach. Where the famous and rich golfers play....where Tiger Woods has played... kinda a big deal to my love!


Self-timers are the best! We could have sat there all day!

As we were driving around, at one of the overlooks, we saw an old man lying on the ground with people all around him. Since I know CPR we stopped to see if he needed help. He was fine, and his legs had just given out on him, but we got to see this lovely view.

Along the drive were all these Cypress Trees which were amazing. This one was called the Ghost Tree.


So we finally left the drive and headed to the beach. The beach houses were like out of a movie. Little cottages everywhere. here is a little sampling, that does not do the cuteness any justice at all!

Ahh the beach... would have liked to stay there a whole lot longer!
We stopped at a fruit stand on the way, and devoured the berries... they were the best I have every had!




After a yummy dinner and walking around the cute town, we headed up Rt. 1 and boy was it worth the drive. The coast is amazing, the cliff drop offs were crazy high, and it was just breathtaking.


It was really high!
Just a quick shot of my handsome honey... I love him so!



Then we decided to stop staring off at the views and stop somewhere to catch the sunset- which we ended up waiting and hour for -- we were a little early! Us waiting and shivering... it got real cold!The Cali sunset we waited for!


And then the next day we were packing up to head home! We were not ready to leave! So we made time for one more hike, on a path around the corner from the house we were staying at. I think it was called Lands End Path. Anyhow it had amazing views (like everywhere else)!

My last view of the bridge! Oh San Fransisco, I miss you already! One day we will go back! I am so grateful for the trip, for the sweet times with my Love, the rest and the memories made! It was a blast!

Trip to California- Part 1

This is part one of a multi-part post! It is also a LONG time coming! My love took me away to California for our 5 year anniversary back in the middle of May! We had some friends, who were going to be out of town and offered for us to stay at their home and use their car while they were gone. We really couldn't pass it up! So we packed up the kids and sent them off with grandma! Off we went for 4 delicious child-free days!

Our first day, we had a VERY full day. We got up early and headed to Napa Valley to tour a vineyard. After much discussion, we decided on Rubicon Estate. We loved it! Not only was the drive out there absolutely amazing, but the vineyard itself was pretty much perfection. Here are some pictures from the valley and the vineyard.


This was the entrance to the estate house... nice huh?The estate house.
Just a small portion of the 1600 acres of vines they have growing there.

Olive trees everywhere.




My love and I.

Inside the estate house. It is now owned by Francis Ford Coppola.

We took a special tour that took us down to the vines (the other tours wont let you touch the vines without a guide). They told us how vines are grafted, grown, and a lot about the wine making process. The grounds were something out of a movie.


On our way out of Napa Valley, we ate at a mountain top restaurant, and then just drove around the Napa area for a while. The landscape was just amazing...




One thing we had hoped to do, but weren't sure how we would fit it in, was to see some redwood trees. The National Redwood Forest was 5 hours north of where we were staying, but our hosts found a smaller forest much closer to where we were, and happened to be on the way back from Napa Valley. So we stopped at Muir Woods and hiked a little over 2 miles around the lush forest. It was amazing. So quiet, so peaceful, and so massive! I tried to capture a little of the size of these trees, but my pictures just do not do it justice!






On our way out of the forest, we saw some signs for the Muir Beach Overlook. We decided to take a chance and go for a drive and see where it led us! That was one nice thing about being child free! And boy, are we so glad we did! The coast line was amazing! We parked in the overlook lot, and came around the bend to find this!


Notice, Jordan is wearing a jacket.... we went from tanks and t's to sweaters and coats in a matter of seconds! The air was so cold on top of this cliff, and the fog was beginning to roll in... I was so surprised at the temperature difference! But it was so worth shivering for the views!




This ends part one.... no promises on when the next installment will come... but I will promise that it will come! And a belly picture too!!!