Road Trip Day Two

We decided to leave the coast and head to Columbia, Ca, where I spent a couple of months of summer vacation as a kid. Driving another 10 hours on Sunday would allow us to spend Monday visiting the area (and allow Eddy to watch France play Nigeria in the World Cup Monday morning), giving us a break from the car.

Road Trip Day Two

We started the day off in great spirits. Eddy took the kids to the beach in the morning while I packed the car.

Day Two Beach

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We saw some amazing scenery along the way.

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We all oohed and aahed at the redwood forests. Then, as we passed through the Shasta National Forest, temperatures started to rise and the landscape started to change.

Day Two Raod

I had never driven through the California coastal mountain range before, so it was a great experience (if a bit taxing with all the windy, climbing mountain roads). We stopped at a Subway in Weaverville for lunch, and then jumped back in the car. Once we hit inland California temperatures really started to climb and we even had to turn on the air conditioning– quite the change for us tree-dwelling Seattle frogs. We got to the motel around 8:30, and while it’s not the not the nicest hotel we’ve ever stayed in, it has a working fridge and a largeish room and will do for the two days we need it as a home base.

Road Trip Day One

We’re on vacation!

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And we decided to take a road trip.

Road trip ready.

Eddy and I love driving long distances together, and the kids are mostly good about it. Here’s the ground we covered Day One–we ended up driving for about 11 hours total.

Road Trip Day One

We stopped at the beach for lunch.

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Day One Lunch 2

Day One Lunch

The town where we stopped for lunch had an amazing kite festival.

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Around 4pm we started to get tired, so we tried to find a hotel just by driving by, but all the hotels on the coast were booked for some reason! We would have liked to have stopped earlier, but had to keep going. Finally we were able to call ahead and make reservations, and I’m actually quite happy where we ended up.

Hot tube relaxing

I think the kids are too.

Graduation Day

Jonah graduated from 5th grade last week and I managed not to sob all over the place and embarrass him- barely. By chance, I was able to match my kleenex to my dress.

My fifth grader is graduating from elementary school today. My Kleenex matches my dress.

Each student shared what he or she wants to do when they grow up. This was printed in the welcome guide and then each teacher read the student’s plan as they crossed the stage and received their diploma. Jonah’s made me cry.

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Jonah wanted to wear a suit and get his hair cut for graduation.

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So grown up! I cried. (Are you seeing a theme here?)

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Grandma cried too.

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Congratulations, Jonah!