Walking in their room to see them sleeping together (do they miss it?) A+ for tenderness
MOSS LANDING Sneaking up on an otter (he's laying next to the water) A for being on the same beach as an otter. D for Drew's ability to sneak quietly.
Boat Watching Depends on who you ask, to Sally it's an A.
Crab in bucket watching See above comment, an A from these 2 (these aren't all A's I promise).
Friendly Mexicans showing off their catch A+. I liked that guy.
Justin asked him a few times if he ate the crabs. He said no. Then a few minutes later said they make good food. We need to learn Spanish.
The famous Moss Landing bargain produce stand with 10 artichokes for $1. Said artichokes - D. They are miniscule. And that day they were 7 for $1. Jip! Overall selection/value - C (that day anyway...anything that was priced good was borderline rotten)
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK Snow D. I do not want to see unexpected snow in spring break. I want to see SPRING in spring break. Once I got over the fact that we were dealing w/snow (yes, we had checked the weather and it said nothing about leftover snow) it was okay.
The kids were the happy ones about the snow.
Blurry & overexposed but this view was so amazing in person.
Giant Sequoias B. They were cool but I was picturing them to be all over the place, like a huge giant forest that would make me feel tiny.
The largest tree in the world An A. Would've been an A+ if I had known that when we were there. I was dealing with a tired and wet Drew who was ready to go.
Also: Getting thrown up on by a carsick Drew - major F. Driving through Fresno and Visalia, two of Justin's mission areas (and seeing where he lived in Visalia) - A. Being in the car 9-10 hours in one day - C.
Embracing, not fighting the curls A
Owen's first paying job by a VERY generous neighbor - A+ We even benefited from the payment.
A Bonfire Company - A Wind/Cold - C Food - C+ (sandy hot dogs aren't good but s'mores are) A Sad Owen - D (he had the saddest meltdown thinking about Justin leaving for some unaccompanied training in TX)
Playing happily A+
POINT SUR LIGHTHOUSE We were led on a walking tour up that mountain trail you see on the left. It was overall awesome so I'll just skip grading every little detail. The weather, whales, views, everything at the top, and getting to do something I've wanted to do for a year more than made up for having to keep Sally on the trail (very strict about staying on it cause it's a private ranch). And the kids who weren't so into the ongoing history lesson we were given on the way up. So overall it gets a big fat A+. Definitely the highlight of the week.
Right by the road, couldn't resist.
Halle even tried to keep her on the trail.
In front of the lighthouse tower. We obviously were not in a fashion show that day.
Lighthouse tower stairs.
The light (and our docent).
Views from the top:
Had to have proof we saw whales. It fulfilled my wish of seeing them from land. Whale watching from land is SO much better than seasick whale watching by boat. Not sure how many different whales we saw but our docent said they were grays. A mama whale with the calves she had given birth to in Mexico were migrating from there to Alaska. Oh and we saw a pod of dolphins and some sea lions.
And now onto week TWO of spring break. Justin's back to work though so it will include a lot of Wii playing and park visits.