Initially, I intended to write a comprehensive retrospective, but I definitely can't remember everything we did (because
we drank a lot of yummy California wine we did a TON of stuff), and I certainly can't remember every thought I had about what we saw. I can barely remember all the semi-relevant thoughts I've had today. But, for the truly interested, I've included a list of iPhone snapshots with explanatory captions below (in no particular order).
Mostly, my dad and I talked to each other-- about our family, friends, about the things we saw, about books. I got some insight into my parents' marriage; often, Dad said, "your mom would really like this," and, "I'm going to bring her back here." Even though we have wildly different opinions about how many maps are needed and how many questions should be asked, I am really grateful to have experienced this beauty with him. I may never again see the Giant Sequoias, but I won't soon forget them. It was a truly good trip.
Thanks, Dad. I hope we get the chance to travel together again.
|We met up with Eli and Jesse for a party bus tour of three wineries. This photo was taken (by my dad) at stop #2-- the most scenic by far.|
|Taken at Musée Mécanique in San Francisco. We finally figured it out in the fourth frame.|
|Taken during a walk along Scenic Road, Carmel.|
|More from Scenic Road, Carmel.|
|Taken off of CA 1-- short hike near Big Sur.|
|Elephant seals near San Simeon. They were mating or molting according to the posted literature-- difficult to tell.|
|Hearst Castle (although WRH called it a ranch). I want all of the air around me for the rest of my life to smell like the orange blossoms do here.|
|Even the light was magical at Hearst.|
|Tide pool in Cambria. Attacked by seaweed shortly after this photo was taken.|
|I crawled into a Sequoia hollowed out by fire and looked up-- Sequoia National Park.|
|Eli and I are growing a Giant Sequoia in a pot in our kitchen. In approximately 2,000-3,000 years, it'll look like these.|
|Making friends. I was really into the trees.|