2012 Road Trip – Day 3

We spent the second night and began the third day of our trip in Eureka, CA. We arrived at the hotel Wednesday night just in time to swim for an hour and left right after breakfast the next morning. We minimized our hotel time for two reasons. One, the hotel was kinda yucky, and two, we really wanted to spend the bit of flex time we had playing tourist.

First, we stopped to walk (and sit) on a breezy Northern California Beach where the kids found a few goodies for their treasure boxes they took to Auntie B.

This was also the day we saw the California Redwoods in all of their glory.

The children look positively tiny next to these mammoth trees.

Speaking of giant and looking tiny, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox were definitely a hit.

Somewhere in a photo album there exists a picture of my ten-year-old self standing in front of these same giant statues.

G had to go back and have his picture taken with Babe again after making his souvenir purchase using the quarters he was accumulating by minding his manners in the car.

R took a minute to go retro.

Another first for R and G that day was experiencing the crossing of state lines in a vehicle.

On the Oregon side of the line in a little town called Kerby was one of the coolest things (IMHO) that I’ve ever seen. It was a purple fountain at this place . . .

We drove by it on our way through town but I made C turn around and go back to it so I could take a closer look.

What do you think? Rit Dye?

Unbelievably cool. The place was full of beautiful things made from burl wood but it was the fountain that had me most intrigued.

Also on the Oregon side of the line and kind of fun but not nearly as fascinating as the fountain was the stop we made in Springfield.  After a bit of searching we found the duplex I called home the three years I lived there. As with the puke yesterday I’ll spare you the picture.

Cheers,
D

P.S. The third day of the road trip was Thursday, June 14, 2012. As usual, I’m a bit behind with my posts.

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2012 Road Trip – Day 2

Day two was a big day on our trip. Besides doing a little of this (he is going to make a good daddy some day) . . .

And a little of this . . .

And a little of this (this is a puke face, I’ll spare you the actual puke) . . .

We spent a nice bit of the day visiting my cousin and her family in Mendocino County. They recently moved from Colorado to Petit Teton, (website here), a small farm owned by said cousin’s in-laws. The family operates a small CSA and has a booth at the local Saturday Market where they sell veggies, eggs and yummy jams, syrups and other treats conjured up in the commercial kitchen.

While I meandered through the gardens and toured the commercial kitchen these four little people, whose grammas are sisters, spent time looking for the yaks . . .

(no luck).

Exploring nooks and crannies . . .

Making faces (this is Z’s excited face) . . .

Swinging in the tire swing . . .

And, best of all, socializing with the chickens . . .

Cheers,
D