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Old 01-04-2014, 10:10 PM   #391
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I hope you have been having an amazing time on your WDW/DCL vacay. I hope the flight cancellations haven't affected you guys and everything clears up before you need to get home. Not sure how long you're gone for! on the weather when you get home. I hear it's not pretty. Well, it's pretty, just not the sort of thing you want to deal with after a fabulous time in warm paradise!

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Old 01-05-2014, 11:50 AM   #392
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:24 PM   #393
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I'm jealous!! I wish I could go right now. Thanks for posting your TR! Reading all these reports today has really helped get my disney fix in.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:30 PM   #394
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Hi everyone! Just wanted to say we had an incredible time on the Fantasy! We did ok coming home- a bit delayed etc, but nothing awful, considering what it could have been. I will be starting a tr, but things are very hectic right now, so please be patient! I really miss updating, and I am looking forward to doing so as soon as I can! Happy and healthy 2014 to all- xoxoxo
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:40 AM   #395
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OOOOhhhh we want to hear about this one too! Although I'm sure the last one was awesome and you have an Alaska trip planned now too! I'm jealous!
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Hi everyone! Just wanted to say we had an incredible time on the Fantasy! We did ok coming home- a bit delayed etc, but nothing awful, considering what it could have been. I will be starting a tr, but things are very hectic right now, so please be patient! I really miss updating, and I am looking forward to doing so as soon as I can! Happy and healthy 2014 to all- xoxoxo
I'm glad you didn't have horrid delays, some folks had some nightmares!

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Hi everyone! Just wanted to say we had an incredible time on the Fantasy! We did ok coming home- a bit delayed etc, but nothing awful, considering what it could have been. I will be starting a tr, but things are very hectic right now, so please be patient! I really miss updating, and I am looking forward to doing so as soon as I can! Happy and healthy 2014 to all- xoxoxo
Welcome Home, Ellen! Try to stay warm and I look forward to your TR!
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:27 AM   #399
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We had a little more to see before we made the jump off to Yosemite- there was a park (another SF park! There are sooo many!) called Land's End that we wanted to see- so over to the Sea Cliff neighborhood we went, parking in front of a really cool house just outside the park entrance.



We all grabbed half of a porchetta sammy from the farmer's mkt that morning, and ate while we walked-



Yummmm....it was soooo good, that sandwich.....





We were starting at the Eagle's point end of the trail, and the views were spectacular! The hike also had some edge-of-the-cliff stuff that my men seem to love-











Lots of cypress trees up there, too- they are so graceful-





The trail goes inland, too-







Everyone enjoyed this hike- we definitely recommend!











My kids' favorite part- UGH.



They did keep their distance, though.



One more pic of my hubby's butt-



We could have kept going, there was a lot more of the trail along the water- but we headed in and back after about 45 minutes or so. There is a golf course here, and there are hawks (or eagles?) flying above-





I lied.



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I just take too many photos- I could have finished this TR 2 months ago if I just would have taken less pics!



Such a gorgeous city! I can't wait to see Vancouver this summer before our Alaska cruise- that looks incredibly beautiful as well and I am anxious to see how they compare.

We walked by the Legion of Honor, where I ran up to take a pic- see, even 5 days is not enough in SF-



This is supposed to be another of SF's great art museums. We still had one more stop to make, but we would be driving there- over to the Sutro Baths.





The sutro Bath Ruins were once a large swimming pool (in the late 1800s). I was all for hiking down there- but the boys put the kibash on that one!





Once again, the climate had changed- it was SO windy here, and really cloudy and cold! There is a restaurant we had wanted to try for lunch here called the Cliff House (another awesome suggestion from G'sMaman), but I couldn't get anyone motivated for a sit down meal, either. So, we would just be looking out and then walking through the museum/gift shop at the baths.



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We drove a little further, to check out the beach-



And then...it was time to say goodbye to the beautiful city by the bay....we were on our way to Yosemite!

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Up next- a night in Historic Groveland right before they close the 120 into Yosemite....

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After not too long on the drive east, we stopped for a bite at red Robin- yummmm...







"He is a loathesome, offensive brute. Yet I can't look away."



Plus, there's a picture of Kramer on the wall!

Back on the road, we passed the windmills which seemed to go on for miles in every direction....





Yea, here comes the fun!



So...I have this friend, Kara- you may remember her as Karajeboo- anyway, she had gone to Yosemite the summer before- and had a very, very hard time on the 120 into the park. You see, there is this one stretch that is known to be particularly challenging- both height wise and curve wise. Not a place where you would want to be driving at night, in the dark, I can promise. Anyway, she was SO freaked by this road, that once she got to yosemite, she was afraid to go anywhere- so, while I was pretty sure that would not happen to us, I didn't want to do anything crazy, either. Mainly, I wanted to avoid the section called "Old Priest Grade". Trust me, the new and improved Priest Grade is hairy enough!! There were actually signs telling you to turn off your A/C- this road is FAMOUS for people overheating and getting stranded.



That's not it- that's just pretty. This too- and oh, look- arrows. Does anyone want to volunteer and explain what arrows mean (just in case any bike riders from CC are reading).



I do really enjoy the "driving" part of these vacations. The forced togetherness of a four wheel vehicle through unknown but repetitive terrain does make for some fun times...

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Here we go-





We let a tow truck pass us at one point- he OBVIOUSLY was MUCH better at driving this road than we were!
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We could see the Old Priest Grade across the ravine- I read that it shaves 20 minutes off of your time, but- that was 20 minutes I was happy to have from the looks of what I saw over there!

It took about 3 1/2 hours, I think, to get to Groveland- where we would be staying at a historic (and haunted!) inn called the Hotel Charlotte. We chose this place because it is right outside the park and would be a perfect way to get an early start on Yosemite! The hotel looked charming, and it had recently been taken over by new, young owners who have been refurbishing. The hotel offers a couple of Grand Suites, which are 2 bedrooms sharing a private bath. We were in rooms 1 & 3. http://www.hotelcharlotte.com/ The reasonable rate included a nice breakfast in the morning to send us on our way. And the hotel boasted a creative restaurant which we were looking forward to. And as if all that wasn't enough of an incentive to stay in Groveland, there was one more- the oldest Saloon in California is across the street. SOLD!











The boys were happy to have their own beds and a little down time- so while they chatted on the computer with friends at home, Pods and I went across the road to see a man about a horse....

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Across the street, we were happy to see the Iron Door Saloon-



There's our hotel-



But back to adult beverages-



This was a GREAT place- lots and lots to look at, and we were lucky to be sitting next to two other couples, one part of which was someone who LOVED his life and LOVED his town and had lots of great stories to share-







Our new friend (in between telling us about all the historic drinkers who had passed through prior to our nearly non-historical drinking visit) said the food was good here, so we placed a to-go order for the boys while we finished our beers. He had so many great places to visit in Groveland (he spoke VERY highly of the cemetery here- it is filled with all kinds of Wild West stuff), it made us sad we were just passing through.... One of the most famous was Black Bart-



And...oh yea. Our new friend also mentioned the fire that had just started. The day before, I think.

I swear, it was the day BEFORE we arrived- just like Kauai- we are not the common denominator in any of these events-

Anyway, when the boys' chicken was ready, we said thanks to that awesome guy at the bar and his very nice friends and went back to the Hotel- where the sky looked like THIS-









I know I am posting too many pics here, but it was exquisite! The sky was on fire from the fire just outside of Groveland (yea- it was the start of THAT fire- the BIG one from last summer that closed down the 120- just a day after we entered the park).



When we walked in with the to-go bag, the waitress from the restaurant came out and said she would be happy to set the boys up upstairs on the porch with their dinner. How nice is THAT? She also set them up with drinks- which she said were on her. Very, very nice people live in Groveland, in case you are interested. Pods and I grabbed a table in their restaurant, where we had a lovely meal- including a Charlotte Margarita - habanero infused tequila, agave nectar, mango puree, fresh lime and lemon juice



Ok- I confess- it was awesome, I had two....



We ordered a few small plates to share for our dinner. I think this was a special- it was a crabcake with kelp noodles. It was a different kind of texture, I enjoyed it very much-



FLATBREAD / yogurt flatbread with mushroom ragout and lentil barley salad. $12



FRESH MADE SPAGHETTI/ with sweet garlic, chilies, and sundried tomatoes. $9



The bar-





And our FABULOUS server (the same one who helped my kids- what a sweetheart!)



Ah! What I ate for dinner is described on the board behind her head! Genius!

We paid our tab and went up to get to bed at a very decent hour- Yosemite hiking was waiting for us in the morning!

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Hello friend.

That road looks pretty crazy. The Charlotte Margarita looks yummy! You do take a TON of pictures on your vacations - but the is a GOOD thing. If not, we would not have that wonderful picture of Steve in my bra

The sunset was worthy of many pictures.
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Your anniversary dinner looks amazing. What a perfect meal. And you prepared it again at home. I am so impressed! And I love a meal where the food is fabulous and the servers are very not pretentious.

It was a beautiful restaurant- but there are SOOO many to choose from in that city-

The farmer's market also looks amazing. You got such beautiful pictures of all the yummy produces and goodies. What a great way to spend the morning while the boys were all still sleeping.

Gotta love a west coast vacation when you are from the east coast! The time change ROCKS- so excited I will have that advantage YET AGAIN when we go this summer to Alaska!

San Francisco really looks like a fabulous trip. You really MUST help me plan my DL trip. I'm actually thinking winter 2015 - Feb or March, because that's what works best schedule wise. I hope its not too cold.

You are going to LOVE DL- I will be happy to help you plan! We can talk about it on the cruise over Elderbubbles!

Keep the updates coming.
Kinda slacked off there for a while- too much going on in December, ESPECIALLY when you go away! But I am BACK baby!

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Boulevard looks amazing! SF is on our must do list as we haven't been as a couple in almost 20 years!

That's because you head south!

The farmer's market looks like a little slice of heaven.
It absolutely was- what I wouldn't give for one of those fragrant nectarines right now.....

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YER FOOD PICS R JUST DELIC!!

THANK YOU!!!!

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Glad I have 'budgeted' 10 pounds for my upcoming SO CAL adventure.....

Did you gain it back?

I think I just "gained" TWO back by looking at yer FOOD PORN!!
(I have lost 104 pounds now in just a tab bit over 4 and a half months)


You are incredible! I have to get over to your TR-


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Your anniversary dinner looked amazing. We like to find fun places like that to eat at when we travel. But I think I would have had some sarcastic remarks to say to that woman. Yes, the older I get things just pop out of my mouth that I know shouldn't be said, but, what can I say. I don't like rude people.

CHRIS!!! We drank 5 Italian drinks in a half an hour!!! sorry- just thought I should mention it-

Yes, she was pretty oblivious-


What a wonderful Farmer's Market. That looks like a fun time and I would love to see it. And the flowers were beautiful.

SO INCREDIBLE- I am not exaggerating a bit-

Looking forward to the next leg of your journey!
And then we had one more! Italy ROCKS!!!

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You are making a long weekend in SF keep moving up my priority list! I love a good farmer's market and that one looks amazing!


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You should soooo go- you have that great appreciation for food- you would LOVE this city-

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Duck, or lamb? I just came over from your other TR, so that made me laugh out loud!

Drea's so funny!!

That dinner looked fantastic, as well as that market! How great! The tiny one we have in town has more old ladies selling crochet doilies than any truly good stuff. I almost never go.

LOL- I don't blame you!

Can't wait to see how the rest of the trip plays out!
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Hello friend.

I MISS YOU!!!!!

That road looks pretty crazy. The Charlotte Margarita looks yummy! You do take a TON of pictures on your vacations - but the is a GOOD thing. If not, we would not have that wonderful picture of Steve in my bra

LMAO!!!! BEST PIC OF THE TRIP!!!! A picture really IS worth a thousand words!!





The sunset was worthy of many pictures.
Thank you!
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