Santa Cruz, Monterey, LA Outskirts, & Winston-Salem… What?!?!

It’s been almost a full month since my last blog post, and as is always the case it seems with us, a lot has happened.  We have been (or I have anyway) to all of the places listed in the title; Elijah, our youngest, turned 15 years old; we settled into a routine with raising our 5 year old granddaughter (she’ll actually be 6 in 2 weeks!); and I flew to NC to be there for the birth of our first grandSON!


Since Greg had to work and he and I had already been to Monterey Bay Aquarium and the 17 Mile Drive through Pebble Beach, I took the kids to those place during the week while he was working. Here are some pictures from that fun-filled day.

Santa Cruz was a wonderful town in itself.  We especially enjoyed the Wharf.  Unfortunately the theme park on the Santa Cruz boardwalk was closed since we visited out of season.  Here are some pictures from around Santa Cruz.

On Saturday, our only weekend day that we weren’t relocating, Greg joined us and we had a whirlwind day full of gorgeous sights.  First we visited Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park which Greg found right there in Santa Cruz!  When we told the park ranger there that we were heading to the Monterey area she insisted that we visit Point Lobos State Reserve.  We wouldn’t have to pay another park fee (since we paid the state park fee there it includes all state parks for that day) and she said it was “the most beautiful place on earth.”  Who can resist that?  Not us, so we headed straight there.  It was here that we spent the bulk of our day and it was gorgeous!  We hiked over 4 miles in total and every step was met with yet another breathtaking view. Finally, we wrapped the day up with a sunset on the beach at Marina Dunes Beach.  Check it all out…

This post is already insanely long and I’m not even halfway finished yet!  Therefore, I am going to call this part 1 and post again as soon as I can (hopefully within a week or so…) about the LA outskirts where we are currently staying including our awesome campground  as well as my trip back east to Winston Salem.  I can’t wait to share this little tidbit though.  I flew back east to be there for the birth of my first grandson!  I wanted to be able to help my oldest an dhis wife out by taking care of their girls while my daughter in law had a c-section and for recovery and I wanted to be the first (after mom and dad, of course) to meet him.  Well, I did!  Meet my grandson, Fisher, who was born on 11/21 weighing in at a whopping 9 lbs. 15 oz. (just 1 ounce shy of 10 pounds!!!) and he is 23″ long!  Wow!  He’s as cute as he is big! Here he is….

Due to the events of late I am one tired but happy grandma.  Very, very happy, but too tired to possibly write another word.  Stay tuned for Part 2 – Coming Soon!  Until then…

Happy Trails and Sunny Sails!

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3 thoughts on “Santa Cruz, Monterey, LA Outskirts, & Winston-Salem… What?!?!

  1. I am so envious of all these wonderful views and experiences. Love the Pacific Coastal views. Stunning and great pics. Continuing prayers for safe and enjoyable travels. Love you all.

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