Wednesday, July 06, 2011

My Awesome Trip Itinerary

Sooo.... I've been out of touch for awhile, but I'm back now. I went to visit my Grandma for her 80th birthday in Washington via a road trip from San Francisco with my sister and her best friend. It was absolutely perfect in every way and packed from beginning to end.

Day 1:
*Flew to Oakland, just outside San Francisco
*Was picked up by my sister, her friend, and my sister's ten year old daughter and three year old son
*Met my cousins at her house in San Francisco
*Walked to lunch with my five cousins from my cousins house in the Marina
*Stopped for cupcakes at Sweet Cakes
*Saw my cousins house in the Marina
*Drove up Hwy 1 to Fort Bragg and Glass Beach
*Stopped by an old funky cop car on 101 and take pictures
*Walked thru a drive thru redwood tree - our Expedition was too big
*Drove thru Eugene, CA, Crescent City, CA, and Grants Pass, OR til' 3am stopping to sleep in Roseburg, OR

Day 2:
*Woke up and leisurely ate breakfast, swim, and shop in Roseberg
*Dropped my sister's friend off in Sutherlin, OR
*Attempted to get gas in Oregon and realize you're not allowed to pump it yourself by Oregon state law
*Drove thru Portland, OR, the Oregon countryside and the gorgeous Wenatchee Mountains in Washington to arrive at my Grandma's house by the Wenatchee River at 10pm

Day 3:
*Woke up and arrived early in Leavenworth, WA, to take photos in the Bavarian town
*Shopped in Leavenworth for four hours
*Came back home and met my Grandpa's oldest son and wife
*Went with them to Leavenworth to shop for another two hours and enjoy ice cream and gelatto
*Picked up my Grandma's birthday presents
*Watched my Grandma open her presents and LOVE the one I decided on
*Came back to my Grandma's for dinner and birthday cake for my Grandma's 80th birthday

Day 4:
*Woke up and enjoyed breakfast with my Grandma & Grandpa
*Headed to Starbucks in Leavenworth and shopped for another hour (finally found things for the boys - yay!)
*Came home and head out to rafting the Wenatchee and Columbia
*Rafted the Wenatchee and Columbia with my two sisters, my sisters' kids, and myself on a Class 1
*Came home for a BBQ by the Wenatchee river in my grandparent's backyard

Day 5:
*Stopped by Leavenworth to shop one last time
*Headed home at 11:30am driving through the Washington desert
*Stopped by Multnomah Falls
*Drove thru Portland on the way back to Sutherlin to pick up my sister's friend
*Arrived in Sacramento, CA, where my sister lives at 3am to fall into bed and pass out

Day 6:
*Had my sister cut and color my hair
*Ate at In N Out
*Drove home to Santa Cruz, CA
*Dropped off my sister's friend at her home in Corralitos
*Had my sister drop me off at my MIL's new home by the beach that she moved into this weekend
*Completely unpacked my MIL's bathroom and bedroom
*Ate dinner with my parents at my favorite, Peachwoods
*Looked at old wedding photos of Brando and I
*Fell into bed

Day 7:
*Stopped by the Farm Bakery and Cafe for coconut macaroons for Brando, lemon blueberry bread, giant rice krispie treats and earrings and a wallet for me
*Drove to my MILs house
*Unpacked my MILs entire kitchen
*Had lunch with my Mom and sister
*Went back to Oakland airport on the San Francisco Bay
*Enjoyed the ocean 100 yards from my seat while waiting two hours for my flight
*Got delayed in Phoenix two hours by a giant sand storm you could see coming from miles away - the most incredible natural sight I have ever seen
*Watched the entire outside of the airport disappear from sight in a cloud of dust
*Watched the mud rain on the windows
*Got to know a local Phoenixian who had been through sand storms
*Got back to Austin at 3am after chatting for way too long with the local Phoenixian and another person who had been on our plane that had been delayed by having to be diverted to Tucson for gas, before it came back to pick up those of us catching the layover

These photos were facebooked as I haven't uploaded any actual camera photos yet.


becoming teacher misty said...

You were in my neck of the woods (well sort of)! I love Leavenworth. So pretty. It sounds like a marvelous trip!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

sounds like an awesome trip! I've never been to Oregon/Washington, but I'd love to at some point. My sister is moving to San Fran in the fall so I'm hoping to do lots of trips out that way...

A Fabulous Life said...

What a fun an awesome road trip... I loved how you described everything, is good to have you back.
I love the picture of the waterfall... looks so peaceful :)

Elle Sees said...

I love road trips! I've driven across the US a few times.

meme-and-he said...

oh this sounds just lovely. wish this was my itinerary for the next week!! cute blog :)

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

WOW! What a fun and action packed trip! I am so happy that you had a wonderfully perfect time! Everything sounds so fun...especially the rafting and the FAMILY time! :)

Anonymous said...

I actually lived in Leavenworth for a year. Now I live in the middle of the Arizona desert... not really a fun trade, don't know how that happened haha. I hope you enjoyed your trip!

Sonya said...

What a whirlwind adventure! We've traveled through Washington and Oregon quite a number of times and never get tired of how beautiful all the scenery is.


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