Apart from the first (rainy) day the weather was clear, but chilly - my parents were more acclimatized to it than us, I am ashamed to admit that anything less than 10 C has started to feel cool to me!
We made good use of the first day, by driving down to Ocean World - something the girls had been looking forward to. Ocean World is small but has many hands on experiences from touching star fish and anemones, to petting sharks and watching a sea lion performance.
The next day we headed straight through the Jedidiah Smith State Park along Howland Hill Rd. We stopped at Stout Grove to walk among the awe inspiring, stunning, mystic, gorgeous coast redwoods. I can't describe how amazing they are, nor do the photo's below do them justice - they really need to be seen and felt in person. I can see why the aboriginal inhabitants wouldn't live among them, as they considered the redwood forest a sacred space.
The next day was my 32rd birthday, and we spent it at the beach, followed by yummy Mexican food at our favourite restaurant and cake. I am so fortunate to have lived such a wonderful life, and to have been loved through out it. I look forward to another 32 years!
Jose and I had Tuesday off, while my parents took the girls tidepooling. All too soon, their visit was over, and we spent one last day attempting to fly kites and watching the sun sink into the ocean. We exchanged Christmas gifts early, and the girls are set for adventure with classy canvas backpacks (thanks Uncle Ross) and binoculars (thanks Grandma and Grandpa).
Now, we have to buckle down for one last week of school before we head off to Disneyland for Christmas (with a day in the snow, among the sequoias in Sequoia National Park on the way there).
I hope to post again, before the holidays, but if not - MERRY CHRISTMAS!