**WARNING: THIS IS A LONG (and i mean REALLY LONG) post it’s heavy on words AND heavy on photos**
i know i’ve been MIA for awhile here. it started with all the colds and vomiting and ear infections and sinus infections….. and most recently, dave and i had the opportunity to spend 5 glorious days and 4 nights away. (nana flew in from Philly to love on her grandkids for a few weeks, including during our absence!). granted, it was a business trip for Dave, but it was all about pleasure for me! we were in san jose, california (well, our hotel was technically in milpitas) and the weather was AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL while we were there (70s and mostly sunny)!
we flew out of seattle on thursday evening (there was a large group of us) and two hours later, we landed in san jose. we were at the hotel a short time later and then right down to the bistro for a late dinner.
while dave was in various sessions for Bibletech 2010 (hosted by Logos Bible Software, his employer), i got to spend time with three other wives (Susan, Julie and Erin) exploring the nearby attractions. we did a LOT on friday….
SANTA CRUZ: natural bridges; drove along the coast; visited the Surfer Museum Lighthouse (though the museum was closed there seemed to be a surfing competition happening); the Municipal Wharf (where we ate a tasty lunch, squealed about "pressed penny" machines and found a candy shoppe); the Boardwalk (everything was closed – only open weekends right now)
(i’m not sure why, but i fell in LOVE with that bench – i have about 8 photos of it from different angles and distances)
(we oogled the rides on the boardwalk… me, espeically, since i’m not allowed to ride any of them since i’m pregnant!)
SOQUEL: antique shopping (where we found AWESOME vintage cameras – i bought two for dave! and some fun vintage jewelry- a piece for me and a piece for my mom)
(that’s dave falling out of the "door to nowhere" from inside the house!)
(dave was SO EXCITED when we found the Google Android – that green guy!
(dave at the boardwalk eating his first ever funnel cake and jason&erin on one of the rides – we saw them in passing a few times while we were there!)
we woke up on monday morning (i had taken sleeping pills and FINALLY got a good night’s sleep – 10 hours) not sure how to spend our final few hours in california. we didn’t have enough time to go back to santa cruz or to go to san francisco or anything like that. after some desperate attempts to find something "nearby" to do, we agreed to take it easy (slow), find a good place for brunch and relax at a park before heading to the airport. we couldn’t find a good park (until it was too late to enjoy it) so we drove to find a few other computer-geek places and then we drove around the campus of stanford before heading to the airport.
if you’ve made it this far, THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS! you have amazing patience and i’m impressed! as you can imagine, i have lots more photos. and lots more stories. we’ll see if any of them make it here!
one final note: some of you know about Harlan the Marlin. He belongs to my friend Julie (not the Julie who was on this trip). I volunteered to take Harlan to San Jose so he could have an adventure. However, Harlan is also very mischevious and likes to get into hijinks and shenanigans. So I had my hands full. I’ll have a whole ‘nother post about Harlan’s adventures with us in San Jose and Santa Cruz!