Vacaville and Watsonville, California
|Uncle Bob got this "GROUND UNDER REPAIR" sign from a golf course, and thought it would be a perfect addition to his front yard. You gotta love it!|
I was particularly fond of the family heirlooms Aunty Cheryl had in her home. My Great-Grandma Adelman apparently had a rooster theme running throughout her kitchen. Now Aunty Cheryl has her kitchen accessories.
|I had never seen one of these. What appears to be little drawers are actually hinged doors that hide rolls of aluminum foil, plastic wrap, etc.|
|You can see the rooster canisters and Salt and Pepper shakers.|
|Aren't they cute?|
|Apparently they are originally from Shasta dam.|
My Aunt's pets made my girls so happy. Buffy, their dog, was a major favorite with Lily. They also have 2 cats, Frieda and Frisco, and fish.
After the Jelly Belly Factory, we bid farewell to my Aunt. She was off to take care of my grandparents 2 hours away, and we were off to the beach, 2 hours away in a different direction.
We set up our tent at the KOA in Watsonville, and got changed into swimsuits to hit the beach. Manresa Beach is not even a mile away from where we were staying, which was really convenient. We could've walked there if we wanted to. Once there, the sand was warm and soft, and the beach was pretty much all ours, there were a few surfers in wetsuits, but really no one was there. It was pretty cloudy, yet warm outside, and we had a blast.
|We played in the sand and built sand castles, fairy houses, etc.|
|There were a few sand dollars that we found.|
|A couple walking on the beach showed us how they feed popcorn to the seagulls, and they shared some with our kids. The seagulls will catch the popcorn midair.|
|Burying my little mermaids.|
|Showing off our tiny stash of sand dollars.|
|As you can see, it was cloudy, which was actually really nice. It wasn't cold there (the water probably was), the sun wasn't burning us or overheating the sand. Just perfect.|
|I found a cool hermit crab.|
|This is an optical illusion. Lily isn't standing on a magic carpet. That pink thing is someone's jacket on the sand in the background.|
Our tent site wasn't very private or anything like the mountain camping we're used to, but since we had respectful people around us, we slept fine.
The bathroom was just down a little paved path that was across from our tent site. Only a short walk.