Home!

We made it home alive (last week. I am late writing, as per usual). Total mileage: about 2,380. It was a fun trip, though Yosemite was much too hot. It was about 100 degrees every day we were there. We ended up coming home a day early because we couldn’t stand it!

And it was a ton of driving on I-5, which is boring.

But I love the Aquarium in Monterey, and the mountains in Yosemite. It was nice to see them again. But it is also very nice to be home.

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Update

We have driven 1270 miles so far.

We sat on a cute porch today with rocking chairs and tables. There was a building too but it was too hot to go inside really. It had couches and chairs for people to lounge on, and a fire place. There were a couple paintings by the fire, a man and a woman.

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The man looks like Joey from Full House, right? RIGHT?

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Weird.

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Yosemite Day 2

Mom is in a slightly better mood today after a mediocre breakfast and a bike ride.

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Today we rode bikes! I was the only person in the park wearing a helmet. Fear made me select a bike with a low seat so my feet would have no trouble reaching the ground should I need to bail quickly, but this turned out to be a terrible decision because it made actually riding the bike very difficult. My legs couldn’t extend fully which made peddling tiresome.

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We rode to Mirror Lake which seemed more like a swamp than a lake, but had cool mountain views. Riding there was a bit uphill and a lot down hill, and strangely the ride back was also a lot down hill. Not sure how that happened but it was fortuitous.

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Then we got sandwiches at the deli and went to Cathedral Beach. Natalie and I came here on our first full day in Yosemite. We waded out to a secluded part of the beach and had our chairs half way in the water and drank beers. It was a fun day. We did something similar this time, though my parents and I stayed on the main beach this time. And we only had two chairs so Dad mostly sat on a towel.

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After siting for a bit and reading I looked down and noticed a snake in the water at my feet, with its head raised up staring at me. I screamed pretty loud.

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Yosemite 2016

Made it to Yosemite. We have driven over 1200 miles on our trip so far! So many miles! The car has been making a weird rattling noise since we started, I hope it doesn’t break down. Though, Yosemite wouldn’t be too terrible a place to be stuck in for awhile.

Mom doesn’t love our tent/cabin, but I think it’s adorable. Edit: Mom HATES our tent cabin.

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We had a drink at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously the Ahwahnee) after we checked in to our tent. We sat outside because the bar was under construction. Sadly, there was no food to be had since the restaurant was booked solid for dinner, so our only option at that location was candy from the sweet shop.

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So, we piled in the car and drove to the Yosemite Valley Lodge (previously Yosemite Lodge) and got another beer at the Mountain Room Lounge, then dinner at the Mountain Room Restaurant. It was crazy crowded at the restaurant and Mom and Dad got slightly belligerent about our table location and the wait, but I was just happy to eat food.

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Big Sur

We drove to Carmel by the Sea and Big Sur on Saturday. Carmel was adorable and reminded me of Jackson, Wyoming, possibly because of the ridiculous number of art galleries.

Big Sur was fun, it was mostly roads on the edge of cliffs looking down at the water. Mom got nauseous at one point from the heights/curvy roads, but a beer soon put her to rights.

We had some drinks at the Nepenthe  (no idea how to pronounce that), a bar/restaurant on the edge of a cliff with a great view of a lot of the Big Sur coastline.

We only ended up driving down about a third of Big Sur. It was a nice stretch of road, very twisty and super crowded, and not much in the way of towns or anything. Interesting place.

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Cube News

And also, Grandpa was amazing and turned the light on for my Petcube!

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So I have confirmation that Kiki  (pictured) and Archie (who I saw briefly but didn’t get a picture of) are alive! I feel much better now.

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Monterey

We made it to Monterey yesterday! Our hotel is super nice. When we checked in, the clerk asked if we were on a family get away. I said, more like a family can’t get away! … I thought it was funny.

Today we went to the aquarium. Once again, the jellyfish were my favorite.

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Tomorrow we will go to Big Sur,  then on to Yosemite!

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