My youngest daughter and I decided to go visit Gauge, and have some fun along the way.
We spent our first night in Winnemucca, Nevada. It’s a small town in the middle of nowhere.
The next morning we took off to finish the drive to northern California. I love the drive between Winnemucca and Reno. The speed limit is posted 75, and hypothetically if a person were going 20 some miles over the speed limit, there would still be cars passing you like you were standing still… theoretically.
It’s a very long straight stretch of road in the desert. BH would love it!
Gauge is doing great! He’s up to 10lbs, and still loving his food. He’s home now, but because he’s a preemie and still on some oxygen, his immune system isn’t able to handle being around a lot of other people. So, they can’t take him out to places yet. The doctors said it will be this way for about a year.
I had such a good time with him. He’s a great baby. Only gets upset when he’s hungry and if it’s not there fast enough! lmao
I got to snuggle and take naps with him. What more could I ask for?
Lisa (my youngest) and I took a whole day and "did" San Francisco. We drove over the Golden Gate bridge and started the day at Fisherman’s Wharf. We had lunch at Bubba Gumps, which was really fun. Our waiters, Ian and Stephen, were both really funny, and my daughter loved flipping the license plates from "Run Forest Run" to "Stop Forest Stop".
After lunch we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They have a part where you can touch some of the fish/animals. I got to touch a, Bat Ray, it felt smooth and silky, maybe like wet jello, lol.
Then we pet a Leopard Shark. I was surprised at how rough the skin was. Last was a huge tank with live Star Fish of all kinds. When you touch them it’s like they have skin and bones on the outside. Hard bumps and soft skin in between. We both really liked that part of the tour.
Then you walk through a huge Aquarium that is U shaped, but upside down, so you are walking surrounded by the tank and the fish that are in there.
We decided to have a treat at Ghiradelli Square. They make killer sundaes etc. using Ghiradelli chocolate. They give out samples of the newest chocolate flavor. My daughter thought that was great. Every time she went in or out she got another piece! lol
From Ghiradelli we went to China Town, and had fun shopping. I have a favorite store that I always go to. It was dinner time while we were there, so Chinese food was what we had for dinner.
It was dark when we decided to head home (to Santa Rosa) so I asked for directions on the easiest way to get to the Golden Gate bridge… an hour and a half later I realized that the directions were wrong and we were lost. lol
I stopped at a Safeway and asked again. We took a very long and round about way to get there, but we made it. I tried to explain to my daughter that the ‘guy’ that gave us directions in Safeway was in fact a female. I don’t think she believed me. lol
Santa Rosa is beautiful. It’s vineyards and gorgeous green rolling hills.
I love how serious Californian’s are about their food. My son took me to a specialty deli, and I was in heaven. I love good cheese, and they had samples! I couldn’t afford the one that was almost 30.00 a pound, but I did buy some Mimolette, that was 13.00 a pound.
Fresh bread and a good cheese… mmmmmmm.
We ate really good the whole time we were there. I love Italian Deli’s, Pastry shops, and specialized stores that we don’t have here.
Our last day there I was filling up the car with gas and a very nice gentleman and I were chatting. He looked at the tires on my car and said, "Honey, don’t tell me you drove all the way from Idaho on those tires!"
Ummm yeah. lol I don’t usually pay attention to those kinda things. So, we spent a few more days there and got new tires put on the car.
I was glad he knew where Idaho was. I spent a lot of time explaining to Californian’s who asked, "Where’s Idaho?"
I have to admit I wasn’t always truthful. There’s a young lady and guy who think that Idaho is up by the Great Lakes….
I was shocked though, we are practically neighbors and they didn’t know where we were!
The Jelly Belly Factory was on our way home, so we stopped and took the tour. I can’t stand jelly beans, but my girls love them, so, they have big bags of their seconds, they call them "belly flops" and I bought 4 of them and a bunch of souvenir items.
Leaving the factory area, I turned right instead of left and found myself lost… again. lol
I had the feeling as I was driving that I was going the wrong way, but when I found myself out in the middle of nowhere and lots of windmills that I didn’t remember seeing the first time through… it was kinda obvious. I went the wrong way. So, I took some pictures, looked at my map, and stopped at a business and asked some very nice (and darn good looking) guys, the best way to get back on the interstate. I ended up making a triangle side trip, but, saw some great scenery, met some nice guys and finally got back to the correct highway.
While we were in Sacramento getting gas, I noticed a really nice BMW behind me. Then a cute young man asked if we were from Boise. I said, no, but just outside of Boise. We got to talking and he’s from Boise. Graduated High School there and his parents still live there. He said he always loves seeing Idaho plates. Small world huh?
The rest of the drive home was uneventful, until I was just outside of Reno. There’s a river that runs along the highway, and I found a really beautiful area that I decided to pull over and take some pictures.
A big truck with wood was in front of us.
We were there taking pictures about 20 minutes or so, just enjoying the view, when a state patrol car pulls up. I thought for a second I was in trouble, but he wanted to tell me to stay there until another patrol car came by. It seems that truck with wood had lost some of it’s load on the highway.
Other than avoiding Jack Rabbits who were playing Russian Roulette with me and the Semi-Trucks that were on the road that night, I had a safe trip home.
So, we had a great time, had fun, got to spoil Gauge, spent too much money, and had a few adventures.
There was no flashing of boobs, or getting drunk, but it was still a great Spring Break! lol
BIG HUGS, Steph