Posted by: Patrick | January 14, 2014

2013 California Holiday Adventure


For two glorious weeks this holiday season Marieta and I were able to escape the winter wasteland known as Iowa for the warm coastline of sunkist California. Including our initial return flights being cancelled, our 16 day Christmas vacation included beaches, hiking, scenic coastline, visiting old haunts in the Bay, HOURS in the car, and lots of quality time with our families.

Our first week in California was spent in Simi Valley, relaxing with my family and celebrating Christmas. Both my parents, plus my brother and sister took the week off to enjoy a staycation with us. And besides visiting the ocean, some grocery shopping and a few mountain hikes it was a wonderfully relaxing time. Care to take a gander at our Christmas morning?

Come the 27th, Marieta’s parents flew into LAX and joined us for the second part of two week sojourn. Joined on the 28th by Marieta’s brother Chris and his girlfriend Katlyn, the six of us took off on a blitzkrieg tour of the northern half of the state. Our travels took us through the Mojave desert, Yosemite National Park, all the way up to Eureka and the Redwoods National Forest, down to San Francisco, Monterey and home via the Pacific Coast Highway which hugs the coastline. It was a fantastic trip and as you may have guessed, I filmed it.

Visiting California is always bittersweet affair for Marieta and me as we loved it so much when we lived there (can you believe it has been four and half years!), but given the opportunity we will visit at the drop of a hat. A huge thank you must go out to my parents for providing 10 days of room and board, and an additional thank you to Marieta’s parents for bringing us along on their Northern California excursion. For those who haven’t seen enough, don’t worry there is plenty more. Besides taking over an hour in video, we also took over 500 pictures. Click through if you care.

Christmas 2013

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