After making a very painful attempt to watch I
You Chuck and Larry, we tucked everything away, and curled in for bed.
rain was relentless, drumming on the roof without pause. And it was cold.
Not frostbite cold, but definitely cold enough that we all huddled together.
who was the star of the huddle? Thea. Seriously, that girl should come in
every camping survival kit. She didn't care how much I tossed and turned,
all she wanted was to sleep curled up, like a cat, in the crook of my stomach
and she was like my own little furnace. At one point, I woke up to her shivering
and I tucked her in under the blankets with me.Cute little monkey.
We all woke up a little achy but totally rested and no one had an accident.
Awesome. Heck, I'll take smelling a little of wet dog over the possible alternatives.
The sun was just peeking through the heavy cloud cover, as we arose. It was
pretty spectacular watching the scenery unfold through Stewie's sunroof. I
took the girls for a walk and, we even got an on-leash pottie. Will wonders
With the car packed, the sun up and the family rested, it was time for more
scenic driving. According to our map, we were quite a bit more than halfway
to our destination. Our goal that day was to continue following the ocean until
we reached San Francisco, and then head straight to the hotel, unpack and get
us some of the crab that Leo has been pining for.
The rain had lightened a bit and left behind a thick shroud of fog. Dreamy.
We were peckish, but decided to hold off on lunch when we reach this sign.
Ooh, a drive through tree. I've heard of this. Relieved of five of our dollars
we made our way to the tree.
Yah, we don't fit. This
sign appears to have employed some artistic license.
Still cool tree.
Off we go to find the girls a place to run off some of their pent up energy.
The great thing about bad weather is that we get the beaches nearly to ourselves.
The girls, they were happy.
Slowly, the lack of blood sugar started to sink in, and I began to become,
let's say, a bit touchy. I was ready to find some food. We were hoping for
a nice sit down meal, nothing that comes from a drive-through. We passed several
perfectly acceptable little cities and I grew increasingly, er, touchy,
but Leo assured me that those exits simply wouldn't do. When I had nearly reached
the point where I was considering lobbing his arm off and consuming that, we
saw a sign for a "business district" for a town we had not heard of before.
It seemed as good a place to turn as any, and so we wound our way into the
quaint little city of Mendocino.
This place was perfect. Exactly what we wanted.
We sat down at a cute hotel restaurant, ordered some soup and sandwiches,
and a touch of coffee, and felt renewed. On the way to the restaurant, I had
even seen a little LYS. Everything was 20% off so Leo and the girls went for
a walk while I went for a little spend. I was surprisingly restrained, all
Still, we assumed, very much on scheduled, we headed off for the last leg
of our trip.As we cruised down the 101, we looked forward to the point when
we'd meet up with Route 1 and get to the really beautiful sights.
Now, Leo and I have driven every inch of the 101 and 1 from Mexico to San
Francisco. We are well aware of the fact that much of 1 winds snakelike through
canyons, yet we had still convinced ourselves that the 800 miles down the 101
were a good means of estimating our last 200 miles on Route 1. We had visions
of arriving in San Francisco, even before our 3PM check-in time. Awesome.
We soon found ourselves creeping carefully around the hairpin turns and soggy
roads. The car seemed to sway, just tempting the girls to expel their full
tummies. The sights? Oh, gorgeous.
But the sun soon began its decent, and those foggy and twisty roads proved
quite the white knuckle slalom towards what I simply KNEW was certain death.
With 100 miles left to go, minimal visibility and top speeds of 30 mph,
it began to feel like we'd never get our crab before the restaurant closed
shop for the evening.
The girls never made a peep, never had an accident and remained absolutely
angelic the whole time.
We did stop to give them a break
But they seemed as ready to get to the hotel as we.
Finally, at nearly 8PM, we rolled into the hotel parking lot and began unloading
and setting up. The girls just seemed happy to be on terra firma again and
Leo and I were happy to get a shower and change of clothes.
We even made it in time to get some dinner. Fried artichoke hearts for me,
and Leo, well, he got crabs, no cream required for this affliction.
YUM. And did you notice a certain hat making a cameo?
A little live music at Joe's and then we went back to walk the girls and go
to bed. Ahhhh, what a day.
Can you stand some more? Another installment soon.