Dreaming of Our California Adventure

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With the upcoming blizzards supposedly sweeping the nation in a few days, I plan to take full advantage of the 50 and 60 degree weather over the weekend here in Colorado Springs. A good hike just might be what’s needed for our family to get out before the weather shuts us in. While the warm weather dreaming continues, I’ll leave you with a few sunny day pictures of my trip along the California coast this past summer. My sister and the kids and I flew into San Francisco, drove up to Sonoma to visit some friends (the rolling hills are a lovely brown while all the trees are all green), and back down HWY 1 through Morro Bay, Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, and finally to Anaheim to stay for another 10 days at my Grandma’s house. What a refreshing and exhausting trip!

Our lovely little yellow Airbnb in SanFrancisco.

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If you get the chance to go to San Francisco, be sure to eat at the Outerbanks Restaurant. The cafe is beautiful, and the food surpassed expectations.

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Of course ride the iconic Cable Cars!

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Goodbye windy San Francisco!

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Hello sunny Sonoma!

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Friends in Sonoma. And an Interior Designer’s dream home.

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Half Moon Bay and the glorious Ritz. We got to witness a proposal there too!

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The most beautiful ombre’ flower . . .

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The Bixby Creek Bridge.

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McWay Falls . . . the water was a dream!

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The Hermitage in Big Sur. I could be a monk in this place. Easy.

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The road up to it was steep and scary, but it was worth the “monk on a hike while contemplating a butterfly” mug I purchased at the gift shop.

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The elephant seal rookery. The most hilarious scene all week!

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Santa Barbara and the lovely Belmond El Encanto resort.

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Last stop, Anaheim. It was so good to sit around the table with these women every night.

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And enjoy a brisk walk with my Aunt Becky . . . leaving the stragglers behind 🙂 I guess they did have to pull a wagon along.

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We celebrated my first born’s fourth birthday while there! I love summer birthdays as most of them are spent with family.

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Lastly, the itinerary was ridiculous. Never plan that much to see within five days or you really won’t see anything at all. We had to nix a few locations and save them for “next time,” but overall we enjoyed the change of scenery. I hope you enjoyed our trip down the coast!

Until next time!

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