I promised everyone I would post our honeymoon on a blog. I'm sorry it's taken 3 years but those who know me know that I hate computers and the internet!!! But, better late than never!
The next day we were up and at 'em. After briefly getting lost we managed to find a place to hike through the Redwoods. The Redwoods never cease to amaze me! So, big and regal. You can feel the energy pour out of them!!! Of course, we had to hug a couple for my mom. :) We camped again that night, in Trinidad CA in a campground over looking the ocean. It was a nice campground. I have to say though, it was a bit creepy camping where they have Bear proof lockers to keep stuff in!! I had never seen those before!
The next morning we had a wonderful hot breakfast at a small diner in town and back on the road we went. We stopped in Ferndale CA. What a fun little town! Walked around town, photographed a couple old houses and buildings (I just can't make them look as good as Michael does!) and shopped in a wonderful antique mall. And here begins the shopping! No problem! Did I forget to mention that we drove the truck. Heh. Got a great deal on a milkglass punch bowl and mugs (just what I needed) and found a funky cookie cutter for mom.
We continued down 101. Next stop, Legget CA, the Drive-Thru Park, where MOST people can drive their cars straight through a tree. My parents did it years ago but they weren't driving the "large barge". Of course, there was NO WAY our truck would fit but we sure had fun taking funny photos and buying souvenirs! We stayed that night in Fort Bragg CA. Not the best motel but by then we were tired and starving and it was too dark to hunt for a campground.
We made a quick stop in Half Moon Bay CA and then Santa Cruz. I was really hoping to see the famous boardwalk unfortunately, it was too early in the season and most things weren't open yet. But, we did sit on the beach in the sun......finally, some sun and I called my friend Kim who had told me that we HAD TO STOP IN SANTA CRUZ. I also brought home some sand (cheap souvenir).
Next stop was Morro Bay but right before town I noticed these objects on the beach. They were a whole heap of Sea Lions which turned out to be Elephant Seals !!! How cool is that!! Of course I had to grab the camera and burn some film. There were males and females and youngsters everywhere! It was soooooooo awesome!! But, it was pretty windy and getting late so I had to tear myself away. The people in town said they show up there every year to molt.
Stayed that night in Morro Bay. Another small motel close to the water. Nice evening. We walked to the bay and had a nice dinner while watching the sun set over the water. I can still picture it.
Next day, we were off and running. We hopped back on US101 and headed for Anaheim-the home of DISNEYLAND!! YAAAAAAAY! I want to say again, that the drive along Hwy 1 was fabulous! I'd so love to do it again! Had my first experience of good old California traffic jams. WHAT A MESS! One minute we were truckin' along at 70 and next thing I know we're at a dead stop! But, we made it, got checked into our hotel and went to the Medievil Times for dinner and a show. What a blast that was! Eating with your hands and watching horses dash around with their knights (fake knights but still fun)! I had an interesting surprise while waiting in line. My old boss and her family were there!! We hadn't talked in quite awhile but I got brave and said hello. We had a great visit. They were going to Disneyland the same day we were so, we made plans to meet up (what a small world).
Next day we drove to Oceanside to Camp Pendleton (Marine base) to see my dearest childhood friend, Angie and her family. We had such a great visit. We go several years without seeing each other and yet, it always feels like we just talked the day before. We of course, drove to the boarding stable to see the pony that her and her daughter, Hallie share. What a cutie! And we got see the base and the Cobra's that Jim flies. OMG, what an awesome sight!!! Went back to the house, visited for a while, looked at pictures of their house being built in Washington State and our wedding pictures. Angie is a consultant for Creative Memories and I was so excited when she offered to do a wedding album for us!! I mailed her all of our photos as soon as we got home and she created the nicest album and shipped it to us for Christmas that year! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! So, after a wonderful visit and wishing I didn't have to say goodbye, we were on our way back to Anaheim.
The roller coaster was the best; a real close second to the Tower of Terror!
And then lunch! MMMMMM, the Blue Bayou. OMG, was it ever good (Monte Cristos like I've never seen them)! The most expensive lunch I have ever had! But good!! We were soooooo full but HAD TO HAVE the Cookie Boat! After all, that's what we went for. lol. The Cookie Boats were equally as good!!! TO DIE FOR! Or, to die from, in our case. We "rolled" out of there with the intentions of doing a couple last rides at CA Adventure but we were afraid to do them with such full bellies! So, there were a couple rides we did not do this trip. :( I think overall, my favorite ride was Indiana Jones. I can not wait to go to Disneyland again!!!
The next morning we shoved off and headed for Las Vegas NV!!! Another place I've never been (I do not get out much). What a drive! I-15...pavement, desert, pavement, desert. I finally arrived mid afternoon. Again, not a good place to drive a big truck. I do not know how the truck drivers manage with 53' trailers! We stayed at Circus Circus. Couldn't fit in most of the under ground parking. lol. Ended up parking with the tour buses! Funny story- I went in to get a luggage cart and as I was walking towards the truck I could see people gathering around Jim and the truck! They had gotten off a tour bus. It was a group from Europe. They apparently do not have pickups of THAT stature in their country and were soooooooo intrigued by how big our pickup was and all the "shiny stuff" it has on it. They were taking pictures of it and asking Jim questions. It was too, too funny. You would've thought they were looking at one of the worlds 7 wonders! lol. It was pretty dang warm so after we got settled in, we went to the casino for awhile. We wanted to wait until dusk so we could go see the street shows (Pirate show & water fountain shows). Now, I'm not much of a big city person at all but, I really enjoyed the night life in Vegas. The temperature was just right, the lights were awesome and everywhere you looked you entertained by something......or someone! I walked and walked and walked and finally had dinner around 10pm at the Harley Davidson Cafe where we could sit outside and watch the world go by. And yes, there was an Elvis on the street corner!! lol. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT ALL! Don't know when we got back to our hotel. Played Blackjack until I don't know when and went to bed.
Got up at the crack of noon and headed out on the strip. It was pretty dang warm! We ended up at the Mirage and Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden! LOVED IT! I could have stayed there alllllll day looking at the cats and other critters and especially watching the Dolphins. We watched a segments of the trainers playing with the Dolphins. I even talked to a trainer, comparing their techniques with natural horsemanship techniques. There were definitely some similarities. They have a program called Trainer For A Day that I would love to do!!! Maybe some day. :) Of course, Jim finally dragged me away and we finished our site seeing and shopping. Loaded up and off we went, headed up US95 for Reno.
Woke up to another nice day. Discussed cutting over to I-5 and going to Wildlife Safari but Jim had never been to Crater Lake so we headed for Hwy 139 and US97. Awh, back in Oregon! I already felt at home! Made our way to Crater Lake. What a culture shock. We had gone from warm "shorts" weather to "ski pants" weather in a flash! Of course, we had no ski pants so we looked pretty silly running around in shorts and sweatshirts! lol.
The next morning I woke up FREEZING and the canopy was all frosty and dewy. And then I heard why. As the camp host went by I heard them tell someone that it had gotten down to 26 degrees!!! BUURRRRRRRRRRR!! We really enjoyed the hot showers that morning!
It was May 28th and the last leg of our trip. Bitter sweet, really. Anxious to get home but wishing our trip didn't have to end. We hit the road and decided to stop in SunRiver. I love SunRiver!! We didn't stay long but did wonder around a bit. Next stop was Sisters!!! Which means, we stopped at my favorite diner, The Gallery for my favorite chocolate shake. I rarely make it through Sisters without a giant shake!!! Hehe. And of course, I have to go through my favorite stores, Kalamazoos and Leavits. Then we can head for home!
I have to say that as we drove through Lyons and home was getting ever so closer, I said to Jim, "ya know, we could just keep going and start the loop all over again". He said, "okay". But of course, we did go home and it was great to home but man, I would totally do that same road trip all over again!!! Ya know, it's interesting to plan a long trip when you have several pets! Basically, our pets had their own STAFF! So, I want to thank Laurel, Glen, Kimmy D., Shannon and Jason for making this trip possible! I LOVE YOU ALL!! :)
And, to finish the story, the very next weekend we went to see the Lippizan stallions with tickets we got as a wedding gift from Laurel and Glen. They are sooooooo amazing to watch! And this was our first time going so it was even more exciting. Thanks for the awesome tickets!!!