What a week! When I come home from a vacation, I feel like I need another week to get back into the swing of everyday life! This past week, I spent my time in California with family and to say the least I did not miss the heat.

Our first stop during the trip was to my Grandma’s house. We headed to northern California to a small town/city of Jackson and to an even smaller area of Pine Grove. I love it at my Grandma’s house. She has a beautiful home and her backyard is perfect in the afternoon to relax outside. She has a little pond and the sound of the waterfall adds to the peacefulness. The added benefit of the elevation is you can hear the wind starting to blow through.

Unfortunately, it can get hot in this area. And this squirrel says it all. He plopped himself down right as we were heading out for the afternoon.

After spending a few extra days with Grandma, we packed up to head to San Francisco. The first day we arrived, it was cold and fog covered the coast. There were two things on our list of what we wanted to do while visiting: the beach and the zoo.

The first full day, we drove the coast because it was beautiful, no fog, sun shining bright. We headed all the way to Pescadero (I think that is how you spell it). Side Note: If you have never been to this little town, they have a bakery with fresh breads daily. The one we always get is the Garlic Artichoke Sourdough, I believe. It is to die for….. We enjoyed the view, the sound of the waves crashing and the smell of the ocean. We walked along the beach, where I played in the water (very cold), and turned my back to the water trying to put my shoes back on. The wave came in faster than I realized and completely engulfed my foot in water.

We started the drive back and stopped in Half Moon Bay. Got flip flops for me and walked through Main St where they have cute little shops, then got a little tour of places my mom would go when she was my age. We continued our drive back to Daly City along the coast, where we ended our beach day at Fort Point/Crissy Field. It was fun to see the Golden Gate Bridge from below and watch a couple surfers try to catch the waves.

On our last day in California, we started our morning by bringing flowers to our Great Grandparents. Then we picked up our niece and nephew for the trip to the zoo. We all were very excited and couldn’t wait to get there. We saw bears, rhinos, and hippos! Some of the animals were not out as it was another warm, clear day. I don’t know who was more tired, my mom and I or our niece and nephew! What I do know: getting burned a second time in the same week is not a smart idea!