Thinking back over all the places I’ve been I realize I am truly blessed. There are SO many places I still want to go, but I’m happy with how much I’ve experienced so far. It’s hard to choose the best one; thoughts of the childhood surprise vacation to Disneyland, my first (of many) time to Hawaii, my first vacation without my parents, girl’s trips, Mexico for my 30th, European vacations, etc. Of all the places I’ve been I can tell you Paris will always have my heart.
That’s not my favorite vacation though.
What I’ve learned is it’s not so much the places you see, but it’s the who you seem them with that counts the most. So (drum roll please) my best vacation to date is the West Coast Road Trip 2013.
The Hubby and I celebrated our Anniversary by crossing this one off my life bucket list, because I have always wanted to drive down the west coast! We blew through Northern Oregon since we had both been there numerous times,and took a detour to see Crater Lake.
After spending our first night in Crescent City, we followed the windy roads all the way down the coast. Pac Coast Highway is beautiful!
The Redwoods were everything I’d imagined.
The whole Monterey Peninsula was fantastic, and the infamous Aquarium did not disappoint!
Pebble Beach was picturesque
The whole drive we saw some pretty amazing things. From Carmel to Big Sur (where we had an amazing dinner at Nepenthe at sunset overlooking the coast), and onto San Simeon area to see Hearst Castle. Checked another one off the list here :).
We even caught some wild zebra along the Highway originating from Hearst’s personal zoo!
I’m realize now I could go on forever, so for the sake of time we loved it all, all the Santa’s (we spent our Anniversary in Santa Cruz), and all the beautiful piers. Driving onto a pier was a really strange and wonderful experience. Seeing all the volleyball nets set up made me think that California would be an alright place to live;). I made sure we stopped in Saulsilito, which I had visited before and loved, but wanted to make sure Eric could see it too ! After flaunting our Seahawks jerseys in San Fran, we made it down to L.A to visit my sister-in-law and her husband. They were excellent tour guides, and we experienced everything from Hollywood to Malibu, as well as spending quality time with people we love.
The trip did not end there, we then drove to Palm Springs area to visit more family and see a dear college friend. We rode the Tram and I met my cousin’s newborn for the very fist time! Then onto Arizona, where we spent another week visiting more family, and Eric got to spend his Birthday with his best friend.
We tried to see the Grand Canyon, but due to the government shut down we were not able to. We tried to sneak in through Navajo land, and managed to get lost on a mighty adventure, but never were able to cross that one off my bucket list:(. It’s quite the story though!
The last day was a non stop cruise from Salt Lake City to Seattle. My husband was a road warrior and put in some long hours behind the wheel without complaint.
Here’s a small slide show slice of all our pics. The trip was a great blend of my Type A planned schedule, and a laid back last half of the trip where we could be spontaneous. I’m learning to compromise:). I have always loved road trips, but this was definitely the longest. Here’s my Pinterest Board on Road Tripping that helped me plan the trip.
Such a fun trip down memory lane! Which reminds me I need to make a photo album of these before I start forgetting names of places. I’m already starting to forget, yikes.
What is your best vacation memory?