I don’t know. Life has just been busy the last couple of days. I don’t remember the last time I went three whole days without blogging! I suppose I just had a strange and relatively momentary lack of things to say. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “How very odd.”
Life is getting busier as Summer sets in and as our vacation ebbs closer and closer. We leave in 10 days for California. We are the adventurous type. Some might say, crazy. Who am I kidding? I think we’re crazy! But what is life for if not partly for being adventurous? We are driving down to the states to catch a train to take to California. The first leg of the journey, from Montana to Portland, Oregon will be spent in coach. Pray for my soul. Pray for my children. Pray for the poor unsuspecting folks who are trying to sleep within a 30 foot radius of us. The second leg should be much more bearable as we have a family car with seats that fold down into beds. It should be a bit more relaxing than coach.
This will actually be our second train trip as a family. I highly recommend train travel. It is a wonderful way to see the country and get wherever you are wanting to go. How much of our beautiful country to do we miss out on by always flying over it without a second thought about the close-up version of what is whizzing by underneath us? Our kids are becoming seasoned travelers as we have driven from Canada to Arkansas and back, from Canada to California and back taking various routes, taken the train from Montana to California and back. This time we look forward to driving our “new” Suburban back taking the scenic route.
Now I know some of you are thinking, “This woman is a bonafide nut job, adding hours to a car trip with four children!” But we can’t wait! When we arrive in California we will spend a week with family and visiting with friends before we head to the Santa Cruz mountains for a week of family camp where my husband and I met 12 years ago while on Summer staff. The next week we will drive up the California and Oregon coastline, staying with friends and family along the way.
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned how much I love Redwood trees. So for posterity’s sake, I LOVE REDWOOD TREES. I can’t wait to do this with my kids. I can’t wait to get my camera on these trees.:
Of course we are going to be spending a whole week nestled amongst the Redwood trees under which my husband and I met and fell in love in the Santa Cruz mountains but is that enough for me? No. I want to do this:
Hmmm… now that I have you here in my clutches and I have your express attention, I will take this opportunity to tell you what else I love and what I cannot wait to get in my sights as well. I LOVE the BEACH! I do not love a highly populated, covered in half-naked (or all naked for that matter either) bodies and bathing suits small enough to fit my Yorkie on bodies much larger than a Yorkie’s. I love wild untamed beaches. No, no, no… you misread me altogether. NOT Spring Break, Mom and Dad aren’t watching so do whatever you want, wild. I mean the only people you find on them are photographers, painters, beach combers and the ocassional over-zealous surfers wild. Big rocks. Big breakers. Dangerous cliffs overhead. The kind where seals like to go. The kind where kelp is plentiful and people are not. The kind where you are not likely to find any oily bo-hunks on the prowl for scantily clad women. The kind of beach where you are more likely to meet a pale frizzy haired marine biologist named Orville or Wilbur rather than a rubberized-tan manicured lifeguard named Chip or Rod. (No offense intended to anyone with any of the aforementioned names… I’m sure there are at least a hundred really intellectual, majored in marine biology, frizzy headed lifeguards named Wilbur out there. Likewise there are more than likely some dashing ken-doll-like marine biologists named Chip who like to life guard in their spare time.)
What else do I look forward to seeing and doing on our trip? We are really looking forward to celebrating the Fourth of July. As Americans living in Canada we have not done so for four years now. The kids don’t remember ever seeing fireworks. They do fireworks here on Canada Day (July 1st) but because it doesn’t get dark here until 11 p.m. by July 1st, we cannot keep the kids up that late, driving them hither thither and yon for the sake off seeing a fireworks show. Maybe when they are teenagers… but of course, being American I have to admit I am biased to want to celebrate the Fourth of July rather than Canada Day. So fireworks and Red, White and Blue are also on our agenda of things to fully enjoy while on vacation.
We are going to drive across British Columbia in order to arrive back at home and we are looking forward to seeing the Okanagen Valley where we get all of our apples and cherries and lots of other yummy fruits and veggies. I’m sure it will be quite hot.
Thus ends my rambling post for the day.
I wanted to say thanks to all who gave such great advice and insight with regards to “Tightening our belts” for meal planning and grocery budgets. We are already purposefully improving our mindsets when we go into the store and when we plan our meals. So, thanks for the great conversation in the comments there!