Monday, April 12, 2010

California! Spring Break!

So Cole and I decided to head to NorCal for spring break this year. I traded in all my FF miles and hotel points, so most of the trip was free. Since we were having the bathrooms redone we spent Saturday night at the Hilton at the airport. We flew out Sunday morning and low and behold, Delta lost Cole's bag. We flew into Medford Oregon and then drove to Crescent City California, only about 2 hours away. We stayed for 3 nights there and it is such a beautiful place. Rocky shores and huge waves and not hot. We loved it so much we will go back, sans kids.
Cole's bag did not show up when they said it would so we had to go and get him some clothes at gasp...WalMart, it was unpleasant. I still have to send it the reimbursement voucher. We went to Trinidad and Arcata, then the Redwood Forest. We also stopped by the Trees of Mystery, which I had vague recollections from childhood.
We stayed in Redding for one night. I was hoping to see my Aunt and Uncle, but it did not work out. I went to my old house and my school. We also went to the Sundial Bridge which was great. I wanted to go see my sister's grave but could not remember how to get there, so we stopped at the Ranger station at Whiskeytown and the cemetery was there on the map. The Whiskeytown cemetery is truly one of a kind. There are no restrictions on monuments so people really go crazy, from markers made of beer bottles to bedazzled headstones.
We rented a "cabin" in Mt Shasta City and it was VERY nice to have two bedrooms and three TVs. I was pretty sick of fast food so it was nice to relax. We headed to Burney Falls on Friday before heading back to Medford on Saturday. We flew back very early on Sunday morning and now it feels like I was never gone!

California

G & Kane at Burney Falls



One of the headstones that my brother Chip made for his Eagle Scout project. They are in the cemetery where my sister is buried.
My sister's marker
Cole & G at the gardens by the Sundial Bridge in Redding

This is actually a living plant!
The Sundial Bridge
The house I grew up in!
They look so cute don't they.

Clam Beach!

Trinidad

Watch out for the tide!
G at the top of one of the rocks in the cove
Kane at Trinidad

Kane and G at Trinidad

Kane & G under Babe the Blue (anatomically correct) Bull

Ginormous Blue Ox

Kane and Cole on the Skytram

Affection!



The boys at the Trees of Mystery


at a black sand beach

Kane stumbled on this guy, just enjoying the sunshine. He seemed to wave at you when you went by.

Sunburned

Bowling at Tsunami Lanes in Crescent City




The Lighthouse at Battery Point

The Hampton Inn in Crescent City