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Spring break in California

My spring break was really fun. Some of the things we did that were really fun were going to wine country and going to lots of hotels. Some of the hotels we went to were Garden Inn, Yosemite lodge, Best Western, and some Hampton Inn’s. Some other things we saw that were really beautiful were Yosemite, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Napa Valley. At Yosemite we saw El Capitan and Half Dome. The first two days it was snowing with really big snowflakes. During this trip I really loved spending lots of time with my family.

When we went to Barnett winery, they gave me and Alex some blankets. We had bread sticks too. My mom and dad did some wine tasting. My brother and I went out and played and made a fort on a table with our blankets out by their grape vines.

After we did that we went to Rutherford Grill and we had the best meal on that trip. What I had for dinner was trout and coleslaw for a side. My dad got a steak with broccolini. My mom and brother shared a rack of ribs and for a side they had broccolini and rice. After that we went to our hotel. Alex and I went to the pool and had lots of fun.

When we went to some beaches I wrote my name with rocks in the beach. Another beach we went to was really nice because they had tide pools, and in the tide pools were sea urchins, sea anemone, fish, coral, and these green spongy things. When we were there we had a great view of the whole ocean and we actually saw some whales. Going to the beach was my favorite thing we did on our trip. This was a really fun trip.

Love, Evan

Napa and the Northern California Coast

We couldn’t let a trip to Northern California go by without at least one stop in wine country. After driving from Yosemite, we took the boys past one of our favorite mountaintop vineyards for a quick tour. We stopped for dinner at our old standby (Rutherford Grill), and then it was off to the Best Western in Calistoga to hit the pool. It may have only been 50 degrees, but that wasn’t going to stop the boys from a few laps and splashes.

Today we drove down the Pacific Coast Highway from Mendocino to Jenner, before cutting back inland to our hotel in Petaluma. We stopped at several beaches along the way, exploring the tidal pools and wading in the freezing Pacific. While it was overcast and drizzly inland, the coast saw beautiful weather today. It was sunny and calm, with temperatures in the mid 50s.

As you might have guessed, it’s getting tricky to live on the road in California. Restaurants are closing to guests other than drive through or delivery, and gas stations are closing their bathrooms. This has made it terribly inconvenient the last couple of days. Since Alcatraz is also closed for tours, we’ve decided to cut our trip short and head back home tomorrow night. This will hopefully leave us time to take a hike through Muir Woods and check out the Marin Headlands before heading to the airport. We’ll check back in on Friday.