We left around 6:30 with Mason seeing us off. We drove the 101 down the coast with a gorgeous view of the ocean. About four hours after we left, we made a stop in Astoria to visit the Astoria Column. We hiked up the stairs and were able to see out to the Pacific, and the coast of Oregon. After seeing the Lewis and Clark movie at the Seattle Science Center, we were all interested in visiting Fort Clatsop, a place the two explorers and their men stayed during the winter of 1805-06. Our next stop was Tillamook, home of Tillamook Cheese which I still have yet to taste. We did get some ice cream and browsed the souvenir store.
Our final destination that day was the Redwood Hostel, about 15 minutes south of Crescent City. Our family had stayed there a few years ago and I knew it would be a nice place to rest. I wasn’t disappointed. It was still as friendly and clean as I had remembered if not more so. We had a simple dinner of chili and toast and then hit the sack.
We got another early start, leaving around 6:30 again. We made a stopped to visit a few of my old friends. We ate lunch at Quizno’s, and played tag at the park for a while. Then we left for my house, finally arriving around 7:30. After dinner we came back to the house and…sat around the family room and talked.
Sunday and Mother’s Day meant church and the Cheesecake Factory. That night my parents made steak and we watched "Plains, Trains, and Automobiles" with Steve Martin and John Candy.
We slept in (finally) and brought a sack lunch to Golden Gate Park and ate it in the AIDS Memorial Grove. We found the Conservatory of Flowers but it was closed and they were about to plant new flowers in the front. As we drove around the Park we stumbled across Pepe Ozan’s "The Dreamer", a giant purple head that seems to stick up out of the ground. Of course we stopped and took lots of pictures. Next we went to Pier 39, walked around and stopped in the Bubba Gump store. We went on to Ghirardelli Square and each bought something sweet.
After dinner we went for a walk with Shadow and my parents. After we got back home we played a game of Cranium, the three of us against my family and we won amazingly. And we had Matt watch The Holiday with us. What a lucky guy.
Part III: San Diego