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Monday, July 24, 2017

Bass Lake- 30th Anniversary Edition


Back in 1987 my Nina Ruth invited my family to come to Bass Lake and stay at the Ducey's Cabins for a week with them. It was the first time that I can remember that my family took a week vacation anywhere. We borrowed someones orange van and hit the road. That summer we stayed in a one room cabin and had the time of our lives.

That was 30 years ago and my parents have made it to Bass Lake every year since 1987. Bass Lake has become our place. Our happy place. We spend one week there every summer, all together either under one roof or on one campsite.

The first year we went my little sister was a toddling 2 year old. This year my little sister brought her toddling 18 month old. My nieces, nephew and kids only know summers at Bass Lake.

This year we did things a little bit differently. We rented an amazing place in Oakhurst right on a small river. This was the backyard....



The water was a little bit colder than the lake. Okay a lot colder. It took a few minutes to get used to the water, but luckily the weather was super hot and the cold water felt refreshing. Well after the initial scream when you get in...


Now that we are dog parents we took Elwood with us this year. It was a trail year to see how he would do.

He did amazing.


We spent our days in the water. Relaxing, eating and drinking.

My gorgeous girl!
So weird thing. We all know that Louie is slightly obsessed with sea otters right? Well like most mountain homes this one was decorated with bears and antlers and fake deer. You know the usual cabin decor. But for some reason, outside near the water was this sea otter. I swear that child is part sea otter.


We split our days between the river and Bass Lake. We spent our lake days at Falls Beach. This was pretty fitting since this was the exact beach we spent our days that first year. I can remember being on that beach in 1987 with Adan in a play pen.

The lake was just as perfect as always. This year the water levels were nice and high!


We set up our easy-ups and a small grill and spent the entire day on the water.


Cousin Viv grabbed my camera and her and Louie walked around taking pics. Thanks for getting a family shot for me Viv!



Photo by Louie

Photo by Vivi
It's hard to believe that it has been 30 years and we still are so in love with Bass Lake. We have 30 years worth of memories and so many summer traditions. We all look forward to this week every single year. I love that my kids have a place that is all theirs. Some place to look forward to every year. A time where they know they get to be with their Nana and Tata, Tias, Tios and most importantly their cousins.


We are already counting down until next year!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dinner at the Madonna Inn


For the last part of our trip we did one more thing we had never done before. And it was something that I had always wanted to do.

In San Luis Obispo, Ca there is a kooky wacky awesome hotel called The Madonna Inn. For over 50 years this hotel has been renting out over 100 themed rooms.


We have yet to stay there, but over the years we have visited the place just for it's coolness. My Mom loves the pink champagne cake and Joey loves to pee in the rock waterfall urinal.

On our way back from Morro Bay we stopped by and wandering through the Secret Garden.





Where Louie could let off some steam.


And of course I could take some selfies.






We wandered the garden waiting for our reservations for dinner at the Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House. And amazing explosion of pink and good food!



We were all so excited to eat here! They set us up at a gorgeous table with fancy glasses. They brought pink balloons for all of them.

We had an amazing meal and after they brought 3 giant slices of pink champagne cake. So yummy.


It was the perfect end to another amazing birthday trip.


Sunday, July 09, 2017

Morro Bay for the 2nd Year in a Row


After a wonderful day exploring Hearst Castle, we checked into our hotel. With Morro Bay being a pretty small town, we were able to walk everywhere from our hotel room. Our first night we let Louie pick the restaurant. we ended up at ....


Because of course we did. The next day we ate breakfast at the hotel and we had a whole Saturday ahead of us. We went out to explore the town.




We found a pirate near the boats, then saw him again at the Farmers Market.






The day was spent looking through shops and enjoying some seriously good food. The clam chowder at Ju Ju's on the Bay was amazing.


After a BBQ dinner and a trip to the grocery store for dessert we got a good nights sleep and the next day we checked out of our hotel and headed out for a bay cruise.


And of course, the whole reason the kids want to come to Morro Bay is to visit the sea otters.





When Louie spots these guys up close, it looks a lot like this....

via GIPHY

But look at these faces...


And check out the teeth on this guy!



Before we started our trek back South we drove up Black Hill to get a spectacular view of Morro Bay


It was a relaxing and fun couple of days. The girls did great with all the walking and were even adventures when it came to trying new food. Phi learned she likes scallops.

Then we were back in the Cruiser and headed to one last birthday experience!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hearst Castle- Our Somewhere We Have Never Been 2017

Last year we decided that instead of birthday parties for Joey and the girls we would take a trip somewhere. The catch is that we had to go somewhere we had never been before. Last year we went to Morro Bay and Monterey. This year when we started to plan the trip I suggested Santa Fe, the Grand Canyon and San Francisco. But nope, they wanted to go back to Morro Bay. But we still had to go some place we had never been before. Phi mentioned she would like to see Hearst Castle. 

I was thrilled. I have always wanted to take the girls but I thought that would not enjoy it until they were a bit older. But they insisted, so we booked a tour for the long weekend that we were going to be in Morro Bay.  

So a quick background, Hearst Castle was built, 5 miles up on a hill in San Simeon, Ca by newspaper billionaire William Randolf Hearst. He inherited the land from his parents and decided to build a little place. His little place is 3 grand guest house. These bad Larry's have like 15 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. And then there is the "Casa Grande". The main house that is really more a castle than a house. Our tour was in the "Casa Grande". 

When we got to the top of the hill it was mega foggy. 





After we took the tour we walked back outside to see the fog had lifted and we had perfect California coast weather. I am going to apologize now for the grainy pics. I set my F-stop to 1600 when we were inside the castle, but forget to set it back when we got out into the sunshine. 


After the tour we got to walk the grounds for as long as we wanted. It was awesome. We must have walked around the entire grounds twice.

These view.........


J, strolling and living the castle life.


So I was worried about the girls not enjoying Hearst Castle but I didn't need to worry. They loved it. Phi was absolutely in love with everything about it. She could not get over how gorgeous everything was. How much detail went into every single space of the property.



Guys, Phi is almost as tall as me. WTH???




Another beautiful view with my beautiful girls.



I could not put my camera down. You can check out our slideshow from our day at the castle. 




Thanks for having us Hearst!