Seattle to San Francisco and Back Again

Saturday, April 28, 2012

...in four days! When I mentioned that I'd driven 1,978 miles total, one of my Westie team friends noted that that was almost 500 miles a day! Well, all I can say is that Amy and I packed a lot of sights, laughter and fun into those miles. I just wish that driving was considered a cardio activity. Here are a few photos of our adventure.

This clear blue sky is reason enough to leave Seattle for a few days. The mountain is Mt. Shasta in California. We stayed in Medford, OR the first night, got to S.F. on Sat., Amy danced Sunday morning (got two first places and has now moved up to Preliminary Champion status).

I was so proud of myself for getting us down to the Golden Gate Bridge, but all we could see of it were a couple of supports! Darn that fog, but we had fun anyway.

After leaving San Francisco, we visited the Ghiradelli Outlet Store in San Leandro (per Amy's request), then headed toward the ocean. The road we decided on was a straight line on the map, however, it looked like someone's intestines when we were actually travelling it. Amy was so scared, I think she left permanent imprints on the door handle. Whoever posted the 55 speed limit has never driven on that road - I was going 20 and even that felt too fast. (I guess our clue should have been the name: Mountain VIEW Road.) We finally made it to the ocean just before sunset.

At this point, we were pretty much stuck. Our hotel reservations were 180 miles north in Arcata and it was getting dark, which meant I had a LONG drive on more curvy roads (Hwy. 1 to Hwy. 101), plus I had the added excitement of watching for deer. 4 1/1 hours later, we arrived at our destination, a little worse for wear, and collapsed into bed. The next day (Mon.), we headed south again to see the redwoods and the Avenue of the Giants.

Then we headed to Oregon to find the perfect beach...

We left the beach and headed for home. Literally. I drove all night (with two rest stop naps) and arrived home at 8:30 a.m. Three days later I am still recovering, but it was so worth it. Loved every minute and had a wonderful time with my beautiful, fun daughter!
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    Thank you so much for sharing the pictures and the amazing trip narrative too. I cannot believe that you did all that in that amount of time. I always knew that you were a wonder wonder woman, but WOW! This was amazing and I am sure that you and your daughter will never forget it.

    3271 days ago
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    Thanks so much for sharing your adventures. I'm so jealous. I love the long-haul drives. Nobody knows where you are.

    When our family was in California, I looked on a map, too. The little line connects to the ocean. We were a little closer to Los Angeles, but same experience. I'm so used to the East Coast, where almost all roads are created equal. Not that day! The cliffs and curves. All I though of was drunk kids going up to 'make out', and plummeting to their deaths for the ride home. Maybe Californians have more trust in their cars than I do.

    One thing we did not do, that I wanted to when we were visiting BIL in Sacramento was seeing the redwoods. Your pics show that they are as awesome as I imagined. Lucky duck!!!! emoticon

    I'm really glad that you had a great trip with Amy that you will remember for the rest of your life. They grow so quickly. You will always be a 'cool' mom for doing this trip.

    And aren't those dance demands so exhausting! It starts out with one class, and before you know it, it's practice every day with competitions all over the place. Just remember, there will come a day you will wish for all of that time back.
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    3272 days ago
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    Thanks so much for sharing your adventure! I love,love your pictures and the sheer joy they transmit says it all! Amy is becoming prettier and prettier...those are some killer eyes! I am glad everything went well and that you at back safe and sound!
    3273 days ago
    Love, love, love this! You and your daughter are just so beautiful! Like I've said before, you're a great mother! You've made life long memories with her that she'll cherish forever. I really enjoyed the photos. You amaze me with all that driving. I could never do it-at least in the short time that you did! emoticon
    3273 days ago
    julie, i love your blog!!! i've told you several times you should write a book !!! the pics are great!!! i like them all but my favorite is amy's footprints to the beach and also the big jump seeing the beach for the first time. you have some great memories to share foreer. amy is so pretty, just like her mom !!!
    congrats to amy on her wins !!!
    i hope your family sends you to a spa for mother's day after all that driving ...... you deserve it !!!
    3274 days ago
    Dear Julie- thanks for sharing this blog!! I remember the days when Amy was skip/running down the halls and we talked about our similar experiences with our wild and crazy young girls and their inability to stay still for long!! I remember telling you that this day would come when you would see all that energy become channeled! So great to see your smiling faces together and to hear of Amy's great dancing and awards! Nellie did the same with her softball and trophys and drama when she was young and now we so see her adventuring out and succeeding in science and photography!! I also so enjoy the dear Mother daughter relationship times and fun at the beach and road trips and sharing of life that comes as girls grow!! I can see the joy in your smiles and it makes me smile too!!! Hugs to you and Amy today...Smiles Barb
    3276 days ago
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