I’m still in road trip mode. We got back on Sunday night but I feel like my life is still in a suitcase that is sitting in my car. I was trying to think of a post for the blog but I think my Thinking Cap is in that suitcase in the car! I’ve sort of been posting lists on Tuesdays so I thought maybe you would like to see a “list” of pictures from the trip. At least I hope so.
If we were having coffee today, we would be at my motel as I’m on the road for a second consecutive Saturday. This morning finds us (my 5 year old grandson and I) in San Jose, California. We are heading back home today and will be back home on Sunday evening. Still some trip left.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that on Thursday we spent the day in Monterey. I have spent a lot of time there and it is one of my favorite places. It was great to share it with Anderson. One of the neat places I took him to was the Dennis the Menace park in Monterey. It’s a wonderful playground for kids (and their grownups). One of the things that makes it special is that I played at that same playground as a child and then my own kids played there, too. Now Anderson! It has play areas for little ones under 5 and then another area for the 5 to 8 year olds and one with a very challenging play structure for the older kids. All slides included number about eight. It overlooks an adjoining lake and then the bay. It is a beautiful place for the grownups to enjoy as the watch the kids play.
We also went across the bay to Cannery Row, that ever changing place which inspired John Steinbeck’s novel by the same name. There are some fun looking coffee shops overlooking the bay there. I had not been to Cannery Row in maybe 8 or so years so there were some new things there, like the monument to the Cannery Row that inspired the novel (yes, the characters were real as were some of the events in the novel). Have you read Cannery Row? What did you think of it?
Yesterday we stopped in at the campus of Stanford University. We stopped in last week on our way through but it was very crowded and I promised to take him back to go up to the top of Hoover Tower. That’s what we did. We parked at one end of the campus and walked through to the front. We took the elevator ride to the top of the tower (14 stories so not super tall but taller than any place he had been to). We also went into Memorial Church. Unfortunately, only the very front entrance of the church was accessible. Kind of just enough space for getting the feel of the church and a view of the mosaics and the stained glass. The rest was roped off. I’m not sure why but I do know that there is some restorative work being done on the outside so perhaps that has something to do with it. Afterwards, we walked back through campus, make a quick stop at the bookstore and then played hide n seek in the trees! He needed to run so he ran around the grassy areas. A short visit to campus but it was very nostalgic for me.
If we were having coffee, I would need to check in on Anderson. He’s in the room, three doors down from the motel’s breakfast room. I’m letting him sleep in while we chat. He had a late night. I took him for his first ever drive-in movie last night. He loved it. The whole experience. He loved that he got to sit up front with me and not in his car seat. He loved that he could talk during the movie and it didn’t matter. And he enjoyed the movie (Inside Out). So I’m letting him sleep in just a bit. No rush. Our drive toward home today will only be about five hours before we stop for one more night. So no rush to get out of the motel early. But I will have to be going soon. I need to pack up our stuff while I let him snooze a bit. I’ll be quiet so as not to wake him.
Anyway, I have lots of pictures to share with you but for some reason they are not making it from my phone to my email so I can download and post. I’ve sent the pictures three times. Now I’ll probably get a gazillion emails just after I hit publish on this post. I’ll figure it out and use them for another post later this week.
Oh, I said I would share Anderson’s “discovery”. This trip has been filled with wonderful moments as he chats with me and says things that he is thinking about that he might not normally share if we were at home during some of our daily running around. It has also brought out the “funny” in him. The other day, I was sitting in the motel as he watched TV and played with his Legos. I was trying to write in my travel journal when I heard a loud thump and the room shook. I jumped and looked at him. He was on the floor. And asked if he was okay and he laughed. He said, “Yeah. I’m ok, Nana. I was trying to fly. Guess what? I can’t fly!” and he cracked up, as did I! A valuable lesson learned. :)
Well, I should go turn on lights so he’ll wake up slowly while I pack up. Let’s see what today’s traveling brings.
Now it’s your turn! Talk to me!
One shot that was on my computer from last week…more soon.
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One of the stops on our re-vamped road trip. I had never been there; in fact, I had never heard of it. It was a short fifteen minute drive from our motel. Then a 1.8 mile hike on a wooden boardwalk through several environments then finally to the sand and the beach. We both made it although this time, Anderson got very tired. But it was still a lot of fun going out there.
And a funny: I got out at the very crowded gas station to pump gas. That’s different to Anderson as we don’t pump our own gas in Oregon (it’s illegal). He can’t see me pump the gas from where he sits in his car seat. When I got back in the car, he was staring intently at another driver pumping his gas. I asked what he was looking at and he answered “I was looking at that man. He’s downloading gas.”
Well, off for our last day before we hit the road back home. We’ve been traveling north gradually. Tonight we’ll be back at our original stop, San Jose. In the morning we’ll head north and make it home on Sunday. So a few more adventures today.
On a recent visit to my alma mater, I took some door pictures to share. This is the first. It is the entrance to Lane Hall in History Corner of the Outer Quad at Stanford University (designed by Frederick Law Olmsted). I picked this one to photograph because my first declared major at Stanford was History and I had several very, very early morning World History classes here. Those early morning classes were probably the reason that I quickly changed majors (several times). My academic advisor’s office was in this building and I always loved going there. Not just because he was quirky and brilliant, but because of the inside of this building. All that polished wood. All that history. All those dreams for the future!
And here are a couple more photos to give you the feel of the building. The top one is the gateway leading from the outer quad to the inner quad. The second one is of the archways in the inner quad. I never tire of photographing the corridors of the inner and outer quad.
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Well, things can change in an instant. Yesterday evening, as I was driving us to my mom’s house, I was made aware of a situation that I didn’t want to take myself or Anderson into. Neither of us needs the drama.
So we’re turning around and heading home. First well spend the day at a kids’ discovery museum and a natural history museum and a sand dune park fire hiking. Tomorrow will start north and stop in Monterey. So we’ll have different kinds of adventures and it will still turn out okay.
Sometimes spur of the moment changes turn out for the best. Anderson is still having a good time. We’ve kept him unaware of the drama, which hasn’t been easy as he is all ears when in trying to talk to his mom on the phone and he’s full of questions!
So we’ll have different unchecked adventures. That’s okay with him and with me.
Anderson and I are off on our trip. We’ve been on the road since Friday. He’s such a good traveler and very easy to keep happy.
Today we are in Santa Rosa visiting my daughter, Susie. We are off to breakfast soon. We have a nature hike planned and then we’ll run around and find Schultz character sculptures. We already spotted a couple in the hotel lobby! More on the sculptures and photos to follow in the next day or so.
We also stopped off at Stanford on Sunday. We walked around campus a little bit but it was crazy crowded so we might go back and take the elevator to the top of Hoover Tower. I’ll be sure to take pictures!
By the way, we are staying at the Flamingo. It’s an historic hotel fashioned after the Las Vegas Flamingo. In the 50s and 60s it was where celebrities stayed when shooting films up here. It’s now a resort and conference center. When I lived in Santa Rosa I wanted to come stay here. It’s one of those things I just wanted to do but didn’t. Now, because we got a special rate through my daughter’s work, I get to stay here!
Weather had been good so far but today it’s supposed to be in the 90s. We’ll see how much of a hike we get to do!