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california part 1: beach day

October 12, 2012

We keep gaining excuses to visit California. A few years ago, Tim’s brother moved out to LA, then my sister moved to LA, then Tim’s parents moved to San Jose. California has sort of nudged its way into our yearly travel schedule. We’re not complaining, though – each fall we get an itch for a visit to the west coast.

This time, we stayed in the Bay area since we had an agenda of amazing things to keep us busy for the week – a wedding in Napa, a few days in San Francisco, a tour of a chocolate factory, a visit with old friends. I have a few posts planned to hit the highlights, but I’ll start here.

Santa Cruz wasn’t on our original itinerary, but we decided to make a last-minute trip to visit the beach. One of my favorite times for the beach is when it’s cold enough for a jacket and a scarf, and the wind bites at your face with a chill that’s just slightly tolerable. Emerson carried fists full of sand everywhere she walked, and she watched seagulls. We even saw some dolphins! We finished our cold day with ice cream (hey…why not?) at The Penny Ice Creamery. I’m still thinking about the bitter caramel flavor I picked…

San Francisco trip - Santa Cruz

San Francisco trip - Santa Cruz

San Francisco trip - Santa Cruz

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Shawn permalink
    October 12, 2012 4:38 pm

    Super cute pictures! I think I like Tim’s pink backpack the best!

  2. Aunt Vickie permalink
    October 12, 2012 9:09 pm

    Love the pics, thanks for sharing the experiece!

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