What I did for Spring Break…

 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

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ALEX 2
    Apr 06, 2007 @ 09:59:34



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  2. Litespreader
    Apr 06, 2007 @ 12:32:22

    Thanks for the pics, Stephie!  I love them.  Been to San Fransisco, for about 3 hrs.. not enough.Never seen the wine country, tho.. Man, that is a dream for me.  I\’ll get there..  and Donner\’s Pass,too.   I can\’t wait.   Guage looks great, too.  That is a great miracle..  🙂


  3. Bob
    Apr 06, 2007 @ 17:00:11

    WOW!!  Great Pics!!!  Sounds like you and Lisa had a wonderful time here in Kaliforny!!  Gauge looks good!!  And BIG!
    Oh, and soooo glad your got new tires!!  Now back to those pics!! lol
    xoxo,  Bob~


  4. GERI
    Apr 07, 2007 @ 05:11:03

    Hi Steph..:)
    Welcome back! Just want to wish you and your family a Wonderful Easter holiday!
    Sounds like you really had a great time.  Your pictures bring back memories of a road trip I did about 20 years ago with my family. We stayed in San Francisco for a few days then drove up the coast to Kelowna.B.C. for a wedding.  I\’ve tried Bubba Gumps on another family trip in Honolulu, Hawaii. located in the Ala Moana Shopping Center.  We don\’t have Bubba Gumps here in Canada so had to try it. Since it was based on one of my favorite movies.  FUN!! Restaurant. If I remember correctly Michel had some Coconut Shrimp as a appetizer that were just amazing. Can\’t remember what I had ..but it was really good though.. do remember that..:)      

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    Wishing you a peaceful Easter!!






  5. Nooner™
    Apr 07, 2007 @ 06:45:36

    Hi Steph 🙂
    How nice to hear about Gauge again and how he is coming along so nicely!
    One of the great things about blogging is learning from others by reading their blogs. I enjoyed hearing about your wonderful trip and experiencing an area of the country I have never been to through your vacation tale. I\’m glad you had a great time! Happy Easter, Steph!


  6. Alien Hunter
    Apr 07, 2007 @ 22:20:54

    Hello Steph,
    Inlooking back at some of your blogs I, unfortunately?, ran across the tests of personality, etc. They are fun to take, even when they are not entirely right.
    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Sidetrips are sometimes the best way to go. On the Interstates a person gets to see very little of what the countryside is truly like. A little sidetrip and I found wonderful things around Branson, MO.
    I spent a lot of time NOT allowed to voice my opinion about political issues, it is time I did. If more people would do so, the minority of people in this coutry would NOT be ruling it. I will no longer be silenced about political issues. Currently HB4865 is trying to force churches to register as lobbyists. This must be stopped – either by the ballot or enough people complaing about the illegality of it – and to think my therapist says I\’m have a rebellious streak in me:)
    With your permission I would like to add some of the pictures of cars you have in your album. There are some great cars in there and would fit in really well with my "Cars & Motorcycles" album. I am going to have to separate those two. I\’m getting too many cars and not enough motorcycles in it.
    Have a great Easter.
    Peace & Blessings.


  7. Alien Hunter
    Apr 07, 2007 @ 22:51:35

    I forgot to mention the RIBS! In Lubbock, TX we have some of the best ribs anywhere. A full rack of babybacks cooked over a mesquite fire and enough sauce that with the first bit the sauce goes dripping off one\’s chin. Extra sauce is available but beware, it can be quite fun. By the time a halfrack of babybacks are finished the sauce will be dripping off one\’s elbows and onto the floor. For the extrememly neat eater, it is a ten napkin meal, at least – that means good ribs, the more napkins the better the ribs. Too add to the fun of eating the babybacks, the restaurant also allows people to have peanut fights or just eat the peanuts and drop the shells on the floor. My grandsons and I ALWAYS get into peanut fights:) Just a laid back West Texas style of fine (or should that be fun?) dining. Ir it is your birthday, don\’t let the waitstaff know. They will bring out a saddle on a sawhorse and make you sit on it while they do the "Happy Birthday" song. Steaks are available also.
    Peace & Blessings.


  8. Jade
    Apr 08, 2007 @ 16:28:25

    Oh, the memories of being a kid and going on a road trip with an adult…. god I hope she will hold onto this memory forever…..
    what a TRIP!!!!! FANTASTIC!


  9. Sher
    Apr 10, 2007 @ 12:31:24

    In 1970 – I was 10 and listening to this song at a pool in Wisconsin. Ha!
    Great photos  – looks like you had a wonderful time.
    Since you asked so nicely, here\’s what I\’ve been up to! http://www.simplysherphotography.com


  10. Sher
    Apr 10, 2007 @ 12:31:27

    In 1970 – I was 10 and listening to this song at a pool in Wisconsin. Ha!
    Great photos  – looks like you had a wonderful time.
    Since you asked so nicely, here\’s what I\’ve been up to! http://www.simplysherphotography.com


  11. Jane
    Apr 10, 2007 @ 15:33:45

    And when you went over Donner\’s Pass, did you give your daughter that \’you look like SUCH a tasty morsel\’ look\’?  It\’s not a family trip unless you can creep the kids out a little.
     The pictures are great – looks like MUCH fun!


  12. Jess
    Apr 10, 2007 @ 21:09:05

    I didn\’t mean anything by saying that about cats..lol…cats are woemn–bitchy and dogs are men–dumb…ahahahahahahaha…


  13. Alien Hunter
    Apr 10, 2007 @ 22:42:53

    Hello Steph,
    I scored a 45 on the test, I don\’t know what is supposed to be good or bad. I think Dr Phil is a tad weird. I know his son is. I have talked with qualified psychologists and they think the same thing, mainly because his whole purpose is not helping people but making money off an honorable profession. Scoring in the 40\’s isn\’t saying we strive to be the center of attention, it is just when we have something to say it makes a lot of sense and attracts people, thus we unwittingly become the center of attention.
    Thank you for letting me use your car pictures. They will go in my photo album "Cars & Motorcycles" which I really need to take the few motorcycles out. Yes, I\’m highly into cars – especially the older ones but good looking cars are good looking cars and that is what matters.
    The ribs are really good. At one restaurant people can have peanut fights which is encouraged by the management. My grandsons and I ALWAYS have one when we go there. I wasn\’t trying to make you hungry – sorry about that. We also have some great Mexican food out here. We find the cheapest little dive and go there. They are so much better than the chain restaurants.
    Is that a Maine Coon Cat as your avatar? It looks a lot like our neighbors cat that got stuck in my garage for two weeks. The longest Maine Coon Cat on record is 6\’ from tip of its nose to the tip of its tail.
    HB4865 is for the entire country. It is being led by the ultra-liberals in the House of Representatives. Slowly but surely our rights are being taken away from us and it is by BOTH parties.
    Peace, Love, & Blessings.


  14. tressie
    Apr 13, 2007 @ 15:50:39

    what a wonderful trip!! that will be your funnest and greatest memory with your kids for a long time!  ttfn ~ tressie


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