California Dreamin'-A 14 Day Odyssey to San Fran,Yosemite & DL! 8/2013 COMPLETE!1/9!!

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  1. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Hey girl! I don't know what you did, but all of a sudden I can see all the links to your TRs!
     
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  3. knewton64

    knewton64 - May the luck of the Irish always be with you -

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    I am just drooling over yer pics!!:thumbsup2


    you even gave me an idea.....nibble on some fruit while 'taste testing" some Pinot Noir or
    Merlot Calif red wines while relaxing overnight(s) in 99 more days.:goodvibes



    BUT -
    whose countin'?:lmao:
    (and to think, the very last full day I am there will be spent touring Napa Valley):cloud9:




    Can't wait to hear more; esp more about Muirr Woods.popcorn::





    T.T.F.N.:wave2:
     
  4. KristiP

    KristiP Mouseketeer

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    I love your trip reports!!! My husband and I went to Yosemite this summer in June and to San Fran. I loved it and I can't wait to read your trip report
     
  5. 2xcited2sleep

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    You take the best vacations!! I love how much research you do and how much care you take to find the perfect things to do. You are going to be a great travel agent!! I would follow one of your trip itineraries anyday!!!

    So have you seen yourself on QVC? I don't typically watch it but might have to put it on one afternoon just to see if i can spot you.

    What a lovely gift of fruit and wine. Yum!!!

    That is amazing that Timmy tried the oysters if he is generally pretty picky. Good for him! I am only getting adventurous in my old age. But not that adventuous. :scared:

    Looking forward to more!!!
     
  6. englishrose47

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    Ellen what are your thoughts on them changing from GAC to some FP + system ???
     
  7. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    I adore Muir Woods- such a peaceful, serene, beautiful and awe inspiring place.

    Oh- I LOVE that itinerary!! Such a gorgeous drive! Are you stopping at San Simeon? One of our favorite things was going to the Hearst Castle when we did that drive- the stories from there are fascinating!!
     
  8. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    OMG, Timmy on the elevator!! :rotfl2: He would NOT move...even when people were getting on and couldn't get past him!! :rotfl2:

    Soon- maybe even tonight- both Pods and I are getting new cars and the search is taking up alot of time....

    There are MANY MANY MANY more homesick pics coming soon! :rotfl:

    He was TERRIFIED!!!:rotfl:

    I did nothing! That's so weird!!
     
  9. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    I did miss a visit to wine country this trip- but I just couldn't do it to the boys, they would have been bored senseless. I'll have to enjoy it through YOUR eyes this round!

    Awww.....:blush: That's so nice of you to say, thank you!! :goodvibes It's a great trip, combining those two places, isn't it?

    He has had them before- clams- but not oysters, I don't think- always good to try something, right?!

    I am not aware of what they have decided for GAC visitors- I do know they are figuring out FP+ right now at some of the resorts, but I am not sure how that will fit in with GAC yet- what have you heard? Is it that we will get a pager or something whne our line waiting time is up or something? I think I may have heard something like that, but not sure...
     
  10. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    So...off and into Muir Woods we went.

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    It is so peaceful there, especially when you arrive before the masses (and the masses WILL be coming- have no fear).

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    If you have been before, then you know how good it smells here- it is positively heavenly, the fragrance of a Redwood forest. We stopped to go inside one of these majestic giants-

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    Even if they are not as big around as the Giant Sequoias we would be seeing in Yosemite, they are still just so huge!! They can grow to 380 feet, but the tallest tree here is 258 feet. Most of these trees are between 500 and 800 years old, with the oldest being at least 1200 years! Their pinecones are so tiny- and the seeds that are released from those pinecones are the size of a tomato seed. Once again proving, even the tiniest seed, when planted in the right place, can grow into the biggest of things. ::yes:: There are many trails here, and most are paved on the floor of the woods- much to my sons' disappointment (thrill seeking adrenaline junkies need unpaved cliffs and rock and roots to scramble over, dont ya know). But there was a trail that went uphill, so of COURSE we took it...

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    That perked up the kids a bit. What can I tell ya- Kauai hiking has RUINED them for anything that does not involve insanity climbing! :rotfl: But this was not all that strenuous- it was just up, and you could look down to the other trail from it-

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    UP! Always UP!

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    I ran ahead-

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    the lead I had on them did not last long, lol!

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    Cont'd next post-

     
  11. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Lots of people made their mark on this fallen tree-

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    Not us, tho, we just looked!

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    We were on the Hillside trail, above the Cathedral Grove-

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    Now, that's a little more like it!

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    The boys in the band-

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    I was having issues with my camera on this trip- which have since stopped. :confused3 For some reason, I could not get the flash to pop up when I wanted it to- it kept malfunctioning. It was SO frustrating!!

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    This view just does not grow old to me-

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    Dizzying, isn't it? The trees just make me feel so small- and so in awe- and so close to God.

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    Look MEK! A spirit in the woods! Probably John Muir!

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    Well, he's gone-

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    Have you seen enough trees yet?

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    How about one on the side?

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    Yes, and ummm well....I still have a few more...... cont'd next post....


     
  12. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    So beautiful in Muir Woods-

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    We passed by the trail I had desperately wanted to do, the Ocean View Trail.

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    But not today....young Mr. Tim was getting hungry- and that, my friends, is NEVER good or even OK news! We had to get back to the Visitor Center and feed that growing boy FAST, before it was too late! :rotfl: On the way-

    Family circles-

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    We thought it was so interesting to see that there were so many of these and other sequoias everywhere so many, many years ago-

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    Time for just one more pic! Keep in mind, Timmy is over 6' tall....

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    Closer up-

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    While the boys found something to eat, I did a little shopping and picked up a tshirt, a Christmas ornament and a decal for my suitcase (I have the hard suitcases and I have started putting decals on them from our travels. :goodvibes). Back outside, we were relieved to see that Timmy ate just in time, before he turned into...

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    With John Muir-

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    A wonderful way to spend our morning. Oh- and, by the way, the masses? They were in full force by the time we came down from the hillside trail- buses and buses and car-fulls of them. The line just to get up to the window to pay for entrance was 30 or 40 people deep. Remember that empty parking lot we left?

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    Oh! Looks like Mr. Muir is following us again!

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    But wait! There's more parking! Just down the road-

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    For more than a mile, I kid you not. I'm glad we saved our hoofin' mileage for in the woods!

    When you leave Muir Woods, you go through Mt. Tamalpais State Park on Muir Woods Rd. It's a fun drive! :rotfl: Reminded us of St John- with better road conditions, and right side driving instead of left.

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    Here's a link to a map of Muir Woods, if you'd like to see more detail-

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    Up next- Dim Sum at Yank Sing and a 4 hour tour......

     
  13. Wicket's Mom

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    Muir Woods is just freaking awesome! I love huge trees like those, it was rather dizzying to look up like your photos.

    The pictures of Tyler & Tim side by side are eye opening. Tim's legs are much longer than Tyler's, makes Tyler look so short which he isn't!LOL
     
  14. jedijill

    jedijill <font color=red>Chiefs fan living in Bronco countr

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    Great tree pics! Those trees are amazing and so old. Magnificent!

    Your boys are getting tall!

    Jill in CO
     
  15. rentayenta

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    Wow wow wow. Michael has always wanted to do the *Big Tree Tour*. I think I'll agree now. Stunning photos. :worship:
     
  16. MEK

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    Hey, it's possible! :rotfl: In fact, I think its highly probable. :thumbsup2



    Never gone. Only hiding. :rolleyes2


    That forest is spectacular and the height of the trees is dizzying. Note to self - get there early. Really early!

    That breakfast spread looks delish and the view of the GGB looks amazing. Wow!
     
  17. dizneeat

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    Spectacular photos. It's so awesome to look up those trees.
     
  18. KristiMc

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    Great photos! I love the ones standing inside the tree.
     
  19. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    It's so crazy, right?? Pods says when he jogs with Timmy, Tim has 2 HUGE strides to 5 of his, lol!

    Those trees are amazing, you are right!! And the boys are like 6'1 and 5'10 right now- CRAZY!

    I am so glad you were inspired- you will love it- it really feels great there.

    The view from the RC was the Bay Bridge- the one that goes to Oakland- also the one that had that horrible tragedy years back that they are almost done fixing- more on that soon-

    It really is not to be missed! That was why I planned it for the first day- I didn't want it to get x'd out-

    Thanks! We stand in more trees in Yosemite- :goodvibes Although I don't think I am in any of those. So you will just have to imagine me there, lol-
     
  20. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Those woods look awesome. I do love woods. We had a couple that we owned when I was a kid and I just enjoyed going there and walking around and having fun by myself or with my cousins. Now I get my fill at the local metro parks when I get time.
     
  21. chattadisser

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    What wonderful pictures. It is just breath-taking. Thanks for the videos imbedded, they just added to the feeling of being there.

    Do you think you could have stayed longer at Muir Woods? Just trying to figure out how much time out of a trip to dedicate to it.

    Can't wait to see what is coming up next!

    Christine
     

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