Sunday, October 25, 2015

Point Sur


We spent Saturday afternoon (after the zombie race) touring Point Sur Lighthouse.

We did this years ago and totally loved it, so we took Erica to check it out.

For me, it was like the Point Bonita lighthouse - amazing to do once, but once is enough.

Still so pretty, and great weather.

Monday we took Erica to our favorite gyro place, Demetra, for lunch.

She had never had a gyro before and said it was "interesting."

As we were starting to shop for work clothes for Justin (he got a part-time job on Fort Ord),
Auggie decided then would be a good time to wet his pants.
Just when I thought it was safe to take him out diaperless.

So he got some new bright red shorts and spent some quality time admiring them in the mirror.

Shopping and Auggie don't mix.
Auggie and iPhones do mix.

Erica took this from their soda run.

We went to see Goosebumps while Justin was in class.
And we all gave it thumbs up.

Said good-bye to Erica the next morning and went back to just us after 10 days of visitors.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Zombie Apocalypse

The main reason Erica came to visit was for this Zombie Run on Pebble Beach.
She, Justin and Owen did the 5k.

The rest of us did the 2k.
Drew and Auggie wanted nothing to do with the make-up.

At the starting line (which was also the finish line), Drew was DETERMINED to get first.
 And he honestly would've had it, if he didn't miss the turning point.
He ended up in 4th.

Sally was nervous about the run, but she took off and left Auggie and me to face the zombies alone.

And found Malia along the way.
We ended up finishing toward the end of the pack together.
Running is definitely not my thing.

The 5kers loved their super hilly course.
Owen ended up 2nd in his age group and beat Justin by 2 minutes.

The earned medal.

And the free one.

Drew was pretty torn up about his error on the course all day long.

At the end of the 5k race, there was a steep hill that they had to re-visit after the crowd was gone.

This run was tied in with a preparedness fair "in case of a zombie apocalypse."
We came home with lots of swag, including solar/hand-crank flashlights,
which came in handy the next day when we (and 55,000+ others in the area) were without power.
We had church in the dark and were sent home early.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


We are crazy and did Yosemite in one day.
Left our house a little after 6am.
Drove through a lot of rain and got nervous about a day of wet hiking.
But we thoroughly enjoyed the super picturesque leaves falling thanks to the rain.

Just before we made it to a Half Dome viewpoint (5 hours after leaving home), the rain cleared up.
But it was FREEZING.
And we were NOT prepared for that weather.

Please enjoy a multitude of Half Dome pictures:
Erica flew in the night before.

Continued our journey to Glacier Point.
Loved the short trails and even more amazing views of Half Dome.
And that the weather decided to get lovely.

Errin was originally going to head home the day before,
but extended her trip a day when she heard about our Yosemite plans with Erica.
Happy they stayed, made it more fun for our kids.

Drove back down the mountain and after coming out of this tunnel:

We were greeted with this view:
The smoke is from a controlled burn.

We wouldn't get very far down the road before finding somewhere else along to stop.
The kids loved playing in the water at Swinging Bridge (that did not swing).
I spy Erica.

Justin rigged Auggie's shorts so he could wade in the water.

Wading of course turned into being completely wet.

Oh hi white Justin (who gave up his shirt for his shivering son).


We ended our day at the visitor's center in the valley and concluded one day is definitely not enough.

Time to go camping.