Jon and I had some vacation scheduled for mid-March and of course, it fell to me to make a plan about where we should go. Jon needed to take his vacation before the busy spring/summer season starts. For those of you who have followed this blog, you know that I was also dealing with my sweet kitty Martini, who was undergoing chemo treatment for lymphoma. I wanted to go to Virginia, but I was too anxious about flying somewhere and having something happen to Martini, so we decided on something within driving distance. Sadly, we made the decision to euthanize Martini on March 1 – she was no longer holding her own against her lymphoma.
So, the idea of a California Road Trip was born. I had been aching to get to San Francisco to see The Girl with a Pearl Earring, the famous painting by Johannes Vermeer. The painting is currently on display at the DeYoung Museum until June, on loan from the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in the Netherlands.
Jon had been itching to visit Point Reyes again; he took a day trip there when he lived in California and really enjoyed the small town on the coast. And what do you know? Point Reyes National Seashore is there – an opportunity for me to get a stamp in my National Parks Passport!
We also wanted to visit the Northern California coast – we have seen most of the Oregon coast and the Southern California coast, so it seemed like it just had to be done. There is also a National Park there – Redwood National Park. Coast Redwoods are the world’s tallest and oldest trees.
And no trip to California would be complete without wine. We have visited Napa, Sonoma, and the Santa Ynez Valley, and we wanted to add another wine-notch on our belt so to speak. We had heard that the Anderson Valley is known for their Pinot Noirs, with cool night temperatures from the coastal fog that settles in the valley. It sounded like a win!
To round out the trip, I planned visits to Monterey and Sacramento. Monterey because I have heard nothing but good things about this little seaside community. And Sacramento because Jon’s long-time friend lives there. And I think Jon secretly wants to relive his memories of living there. Or perhaps not so secretly.
So, just like that, we had a plan. Who am I kidding? I google-mapped distances, figured out where there were historical sites and national parks, tried to plot overnight stays in the most convenient, yet still affordable locations, and asked Jon 57,975 times for his input. Which was answered each time with a “Yeah, I’ll look at it tonight.” And finally I just planned what I wanted to do. Because secretly (or not so secretly), I would rather just do what I want to do, and hey, if Jon isn’t going to provide input, then who cares!
And that is how the California Road Trip was born. My series of posts will be coming over the next few weeks!