We have been super-mega nonstop over this holiday weekend. After a day or two of rest following our SoCal jaunt, I had to work for a day over in the East Bay, then the festivities begun.
It all started with an innocent dinner. One of K’s co-workers invited us over for some tasty chicken, a coupla bottles of Two Buck Chuck, and stimulating conversation, including the many varieties of Lego Bionicles. I had no idea there were so many varieties…
We were pleasantly surprised to learn that K had Thursday off as well as Friday, so we were determined to make the best of our long weekend. Of course, we slept in… big time. Maybe too much, because I ended up with a sore back and a bit of a headache after getting up. We headed out for a nice drive along the coast, to Half Moon Bay, and hitting the Pescadero Beach area to drop a traveler off at a geocache and exploration of the tide pools. The fog was rolling in, and I was freezing my ears off!
On the Fourth, we decided to try and get away from the crowds and spend some time in the great outdoors. Our goal was to go towards the ocean again, but to run into more blue skies and sun than we did at Pescadero. Hmm, maybe Santa Cruz would have better weather. What we didn’t take into account was that maybe everyone else wanted to get down that way for the festivities. Silly us… we hit some mondo traffic along the 17, and decided to turn right back around. We ended up going to see the movie Legend of Suriyothai at the Camera One, and a nice quiet dinner at Pasta Pomodoro. We even got to see the tail end of the SJ fireworks display, right from patio of the restaurant.
Saturday, we finally got out to Santa Cruz. The weather was perfect… it’s good to get away from the blazing sun and dry air of the Valley. I must remember to return to the Natural Bridges State Park to visit the Monarch Resting Grounds in the winter… I bet it’s awsome! We were able to hit a couple more geocaches and cruise around town for a few hours, before heading home to prepare for our evening.
This evening was spent in glorious geekdom with Tom, Tiffany, Gretchen and Chris. G had made us reservations at the charming Steps of Rome Trattoria in the always charming North Beach, where the waiters sing gleefully to the piped-in music, the food is fresh, and the Barbera d’Alba is delicious. I need to go back there again sometime… their menu was incredibly hard to make a decision from. All the girls had Ravioli, though. 😉
Tomorrow is gonna a long day. We have to leave early in the morning to take K’s daughter to Girl Scout camp in Truckee, which is about a 4 hour drive away. We might spend the night somewhere up there or around Sacramento. Hmm, that reminds me, I gotta be sure to charge the ol’ iPod…
I think we’ve spent enough time in the car lately, don’t you think?