We got a house on Airbnb in Seaside for 3 nights and met the Carders there. But on the way we first had dinner at Pelican Brewing Co.
We spent Saturday on the beach, then walked into downtown Seaside along the Promenade by the house, drove the bumper cars, rode the tilt-a-whirl – Eva hated it, Havana loved it, hudson refused to ride it – Hudson and Bowie played miniature golf, played games in the arcade, got salt water taffy, had dinner and walked back.
We went to the beach again Sunday morning and then to Cannon Beach for a late lunch at Public Coast Brewing.
After dinner, we went to the beach, started a fire, made S’mores and played Mafia/Guardian Angel, a morbid game the kids know.
We stopped at Crater Lake on the way from Klamath Falls to Seaside. It was smokey from the California wildfires so it wasn’t clear but was still amazing.
Before driving to Klamath Falls, we went to Tahoe Mountain Lodge so the kids could swim for a couple hours. We left at 2pm and drove for 5.5 hours to Klamath Falls, had dinner at Klamath Basin Brewing Co – Gay remembers stopping there 10 years ago; I don’t.
Hudson was feeling car sick, something he sometimes complains about when driving. We picked up some Dramamine and after 10 minutes was feeling better and was back to normal. I think we’ll be buying lots of it in the years to come as we take long road trips.
I’m loving the car. I felt fine sitting in it for over 5 straight hours without even using cruise control (because of the two-lane roads most of the way)! I turned on Lane Keep Assist for the first time. It’s a little disconcerting to have the car steer back into the lane when I get too close to a line, not sure if I like it or not. We hit 1000 miles on the car on this leg of the trip.
3-hour drive to Tahoe.
We were last here 8 years ago.
After a short driving tour of San Francisco – the kids were not impressed, with Lombard Street being a possible exception – we drove over the Golden Gate Bridge in a deep fog and north to Napa, stopped for lunch at the very cool Oxbow Public Market, and then to our house at Carneros Resort and Spa.
The kids, especially Havana, loved the place. We went to the pool for a couple hours, I ran to a nearby grocery store for dinner and we had a nice dinner outside in the house’s courtyard. It was very chilly.
We stayed here 10 years ago when we only had Havana and Gay was pregnant with Hudson.
We had a long drive ahead of us. We got really good doughnuts for breakfast at Surfside Doughnuts and ate them on the pier, then a short walk on the beach before checking out of the hotel.
We took the longer but more scenic drive up Highway 1, aka the Pacific Coast Highway. Somewhere along the Pacific Coast Highway:
The very foggy 6-hour drive was an 8-hour drive due to traffic into Carmel. We got to our hotel in San Francisco at 8:30pm.
We wanted a quick dinner and there is an In-N-Out Burger 3 blocks away. Perfect. That was my first experience with In-N-Out: good burger, bad fries.
We left the dealer around 3pm and headed north to Pismo Beach. Our route took us through Santa Barbara where our friends Jim and Andrew live. We made a quick stop at their lovely home, chatted while enjoying their amazing view of Leadbetter Beach and the kids ate most of a plate of lemon buttermilk cookies that Jim made and then we were back on our way.
The first drive in the car was fun. It floats down the road, although it’s big it doesn’t feel it, the seats are super comfortable, the stereo sounds great and the kids were comfortable even sitting three-across in the middle row. The Adaptive Cruise Control is like magic. I’m glad I didn’t give up on that option in my search for a car!
We arrived at The Inn at the Pier at 7pm. I don’t know how Gay finds and books great hotels so quickly — I have a great travel agent.
While the kids got situated in their room, Gay and I went down to the bar for a Manhattan:
The kids came downstairs and we went out for dinner at The Board Room.