We’ve been on the road for 3 months now and have not updated the blog in a long time. So this is part 2 of a quick recap of our travels in December 2018.

We had a few days of snow near Tahoe and that was more than enough winter for us. So we sped quickly to our old stomping grounds of the San Francisco Bay area. We spent time with an old colleague, old friends, cousins, and just being a tourist for a bit. And of course, eating – including lunch at Google and our favorite hole-in-the-wall Thai place.

College friend
The kids really like my old college friend. Go figure.
At the SF Googleplex selfie wall.
Pier 39 seals
Seals at Pier 39, Fishermans Wharf
Cousin E
volunteer clean up at ocean beach
Ocean beach volunteer clean up
Hanging out at Mavericks Beach. No big breaks today.
great Thai food in Oakland
Our go to restaurant when we lived in Oakland. Take It Easy Thai. Order the roasted duck drunken noodles. Delish!

Then we make our way south down the coast. Hitting some sights including the redwoods, tide pools, beaches, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Hearst Castle, elephant seals before stopping in the cities of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego.

half moon bay camping
Camping at Half Moon Bay State Park
sunset at half moon bay
Beautiful sunsets. Watch for the green flash.
pescadero state beach
Natural bridge at Pescadero State Beach
tide pooling in Santa Cruz
Tide pooling in Santa Cruz
huge coast redwoods
Huge coast redwoods in Henry Cowell State Park
ocean tank at monterey bay aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium’s big ocean tank is pretty spectacular. Even these former boat kids were duly impressed.
more fish in ocean tank
More fish tank action.
big sur coast
Big Sur Coast
bobcat on the trail
Bobcat on the trail
beach at Andrew Molera SP
The beach at Andrew Molera State Park
playing in the brackish water
Playing in the water
mcway falls
McWay Falls. Too bad you can’t get any closer than this.


elephant seals
The elephant seals were off limits when we visited at Ano Nuevo. But free to see at San Simeon.
hearst castle
Hearst Castle, what are those guys doing?
what a view from the top
Spectacular views from the castle.
Pool at Hearst
Beautiful Roman Pool
cousin and ice cream
More cousins. This time, add gourmet ice cream.
inside the clock tower
Inside the Santa Barbara clock tower. Tig and O just loved all the mechanical action going on inside.
grandpa's birthday
Celebrating grandpa’s birthday.
swanky downtown rooftop bar
Serena and I have a date night down town and hang out at the swankiest rooftop bar around.
quality time with the grandparents
Spending some quality time with the grandparents.
More cousins. I promise that’s the last cousin picture in a while.
pacific park roller coaster
Roller coaster fun in Santa Monica.
old friends
Hanging with some friends in San Diego.