We left Salt Lake and drove to Sacramento on Saturday morning. The following day we headed off to Santa Cruz and got a motel a few blocks away from the beach boardwalk. Aly and Jeni started out by swimming, and then Aly and I went on some rides while Lois and Jeni hit the stores and walked the boardwalk. When we met up later, the girls were ready to go swimming again.
The following day we drove up the beach toward Leggett, California, and only made it 55 miles. How we did that I'm not sure, but we vowed to make up for it the following day. We did that by driving 110 miles on Tuesday. Eventually we made it into the Redwoods and we did a lot of stopping. We drove through a couple trees and visited some gift shops. When we left there we drove all day long through Oregon from Grants Pass to Ontario and then to Nampa, Idaho, where we spent a couple of day with friends of mine that I have known for 30 years. It was fun to catch up and be among friends I haven't seen for years.
On Saturday we went to Boise and visited another friend of mine who has always been like a father figure to me. He is very ill and it was part of the reason that we decided to travel back to Salt Lake through Idaho. It was nice to visit him.
It felt great to take some time off. I have been wanting to go on vacation for a long time. I was so happy when the girls got out of school for the summer. I am posting some pictures of the redwoods and I will post other picture on my Reflections blog later.
The Dyerville Giant