Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

I'm back! We had such a great trip. It was relaxing, invigorating, and restful all at the same time.
I have to admit that it took a day and a half into it before I missed the kiddos, but then? I REALLY missed them. I flew into San Francisco to meet Daddy McAustin, we shopped around for a bit, and then had a fabulous dinner at a tapas place. After staying the night there, we woke up and drove north to hike the John Muir Woods National Wilderness. From there we headed North up Highway 1 along the coast, which is one of the most beautiful drives there is on this continent. We ended up in Mendocino, where they were having a music festival and it was Big Band Night. Too much fun. The next day we drove south along 128, which is my favorite stretch of road ever, just gorgeous! W headed back to Sausalito to the Alta Mira Bed & Breakfast, which was lovely in every way. Monday saw us heading to the airport and back home to the searing heat.

Some pictorial highlights:


The view from our hotel room in SF as the fog rolled in.


Tall redwoods in JMW.


The beautiful coast along Highway 1 south of Sea Ranch.


We spotted this California Red Tailed Hawk at the Sonoma Coast State Park. He was HUGE, about 18 inches tall.


A really mean goose in Mendocino who kept trying to attack my camera.


Doesn't this look so soft?


Daddy McA. relaxing on Sunday morning in Mendocino with the Times.


Our room in Sausalito at the Alta Mira. We had a what would have been a fabulous view of the city across the bay, or it would have been had there not been such thick fog.
It's always great to go, but it's nice to be home.
Have a great Wednesday.


Blogger Tx Mom said...

those are very impressive photographs. Looks like ya'll had fun. Welcome back to reality.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Bente said...

Sounds like a really great trip.

The picture of the view from your hotel room is fantastic!

7:11 PM  
Blogger The Kept Woman said...

Did you take all those pics for real? Beside your obvious talent the camera has a quality that makes them all seem as if they were ripped out of a travel brochure! Beautiful!!!

9:50 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

The Alta Mira is SOOO nice. Glad you had a good trip to our neck of the woods. An d beautiful pictures too.

1:01 AM  
Blogger Christie said...

glad you had fun- looks gorgeous :)

10:36 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Glad to hear you had such a good time! Great pictures! That one of the hawk is amazing!

11:56 AM  
Blogger Southern Fried Girl said...

You took some bad ass pictures. Love that room. Looks way comfy.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Lucky Lum said...

stunning photos!!

9:31 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Those photos are awesome! I almost feel like I was there with you! Love the goose!

12:24 AM  
Anonymous kristine said...

I'm serious!! Every shot is just painfully perfect! I am so envious!! You used (what looks like) 3 different types of lighting and you managed to get each shot so clean and composed that it made the shot interesting.

I awe. Teach me!!

(sorry, the SPF comment box wasn't working!!)

and HELLO, I can't believe you were THIS FRIGGIN' close to me and you didn't call to say, "Hey!!"
Next time if you get this close and you don't call, you're totally grounded.

10:58 PM  

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