September 26, 2011

California fun (and vote for Mollie!)

Before we dive into a recap of my mini-break, I'd like to ask a personal favor of you, friends. I recently entered Mrs. Mollie Weasley, our dog, into a contest to win a spot in the 2012 Austin Humane Society calendar. Silly, I know, but she's totally worthy of a spot. If you would take a few moments to go vote for her in the Dog category, I'd love you forever! Voting ends Sept. 28.

Thank you! Now, back to our regularly scheduled program.


Visiting someone who's working is a bittersweet way to spend a vacation—while it's wonderful to be able to visit, knowing they have to work most of the time means you can't make a whole lot of plans. Regardless, my trip to California was quite fun, and it was great to spend time with my Dad, who trekked up from San Diego to visit with the two of us.

We spent most of the time in and around Cupertino. We had dinner with some old friends, to whom I showed off Colt, and hit up the official Apple company store. Colt and I drove by my old neighborhood, too, to check out the house I lived in until I was eight and my first elementary school. We drove up to the end of Stevens Creek Boulevard and ran into a cement plant that looked like something out of the USSR.

On Saturday, we drove down to Monterey to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Colt loves (loves) sea creatures, and the Monterey aquarium is one not to be missed. I hadn't been since I was very little, and it's changed so much since then ... even if I remembered the visit, it would have been totally different. It was a blast. And we saw a great white shark!

Mr. Fatty is a sunfish. Man, those things are bizarre looking.

I unfortunately had to fly home on Sunday, but before heading to the airport, Colt and I took a trip to San Francisco, with stops at Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge—which we walked all the way across and back—and a crazy five (six?) story mall.

Whirlwind trip, but it was great! I'd love to go back in the not-too-distant future and spend some more time seeing the sights.


  1. Last time I went, I had to be dragged away from the otter tank lol. They are just so cuuuteee ^.^ And when I found out they rescued a young male Great White, I nearly lost my shit. CANNOT WAIT TO SEE IT! It should also be noted that my biggest fear in life is being eaten by a shark :|

    You're pictures are lovely btw. <3

  2. I have never seen a picture of a sand dollar in the water! I have several dried dollars in my classroom, but this is a new one for me!!!

  3. Emilia-It was really neat to see a shark that close. And I would have loved to spend more time with the otters; there were only two in the enclosure while we were there and they weren't doing much. I tried to get some photos but they all turned out blurry. (Thanks for the sweet photos compliment!)

    Mim-Yes! It was kind of mind-boggling that they're actually living things. So strange and wonderful.

  4. Voted! And loved her description!

    I definitely want to go to San Fran one day. We drove through once when I was a kid, but it was at night. Drove over the Golden Gate Bridge, but didn't know it until we got off, it was so foggy.
    Lovely pictures!!