March 24, 2007

March 24, 2007

Yesterday we got up, packed up all our stuff in the van and drove up hwy 1 in the late morning. My parents wanted to drive up that road and stop on the beaches and take pictures. So, we did. We made it into San Francisco and mom wanted to go to Golden Gate Park, so we drove around for like 3 hours… I don’t know. It was a day spent in the car. We stopped at a busy gas station. As dad was filling up the van a homeless lady came up to him and started complaining about tampons and she needed clothes. Then she said, “Can’t you say something?” and dad goes, “Well, I’m sorry.” She comes back with, “Bitch!” haha. He jumped back into the van pretty fast. It was in a really run-down neighborhood. So yeah. We just kind of drove around for like the whole afternoon. We ate dinner at chili’s and we tried to take our time to eat Our Last Meal in California. When we got into the van when we were done it was 8:30! We had like four hours until we needed to be at the airport. What was there to do? We just went to the airport extra early. The End!

<3 It’s good to be home!

Present day me: I have come to realize now, after reliving this trip through my entries, that almost everything my parents wanted to do with us, after my aunt and uncle had their time, we didn’t accomplish for one reason or another. One reason was, they didn’t properly research their locations to determine how to get there or what to expect while being there. I know we didn’t make it to Golden Gate Park because my dad couldn’t figure out how to get there. Which is pretty lame…. I feel that I have learned from those mistakes. Also, the internet is way more prevalent now than it was back in 2007, for two parents of three children. They’ve never been too keen on spending time online.

March 20, 2007

March 20, 2007

Early morning

Okay so, on Sunday what we did was the five of us: me, Meryl, Eddie, mom, and dad, went to the SC Boardwalk. There were rides, rollercoasters and tilt-a-whirls, some cool stuff! The Giant Dipper was the name of the rollercoaster we went on. It was an old wooden one. Red and white and made rickety sounds for the whole ride. Me, Eddie and Meryl went on this ride called the Tsunami. That ride was so funny! It spins and the two inner people would get pushed against the outer one haha! The second time we went on Meryl was in the middle and I was on the end. The person came around and made us switch!!! Haha! So yeah, that was pretty much that day.

Late morning

So, yesterday we drove up to Big Sur. Basically it’s just a road on the side of the mountain overlooking the ocean. The road was labeled HWY 1. It was really beautiful! Highway 1 is famous for the views, there are a couple bridges that were featured in movies. That was pretty cool. Aunt Penny took us to her “secret beach spot” called Pheiffer Beach. There were rocks all over and cliffs. The water would spray all over when it came through the rocks. That was really pretty too! Aunt Penny said in the summer it was a nude beach…..ewww!!

We drove up the mountains and went to a really cool restaurant called Nepenthe, they had really good burgers. We all had the same burger with different things on it. There was a store under the restaurant, Phoenix. Dad bought me a set of hand-made lights. They’re really awesome! We went to Carmel beach, there is a town called Carmel. Famous people live there, Aunt Penny said. The beach was nice – the Pebble Beach Golf Course was off in the distance.

Then we drove over to the 17-mile Drive. And during that we saw the lone Cyprus tree. We walked through pebble beach golf course. We also stopped at this point on the drive to see a bunch of birds. And there were squirrels that came really close to us when we called for them.

After all that tourism we rented Borat and Employee of the Month. Borat was funny in some parts but then really stupid too. Employee of the Month was good!

Well since I wrote in here of the last two days, I suppose I should write in here for today!

Aunt Penny and Uncle Ron left right away this morning. So, we had the house to ourselves. We chose to go to the mall. Meryl got a backpack, Eddie got a PS2 game, mom got a pair of pants and me and dad got books. We were only there for two hours. The mall wasn’t that big. Then we came home and lounged around for the afternoon. Dad made tacos for dinner. They were good and then I told mom I wanted to go get ice cream. So, we went downtown, (me, Meryl, Eddie and mom) and found a Marini’s store with some ice cream there. That was some GOOD ice cream! So, we walked around downtown, we just got back a little bit ago. Fun evening.

<3 Ava Estelle

Present day me: This was a really fun entry to revisit as an adult. It makes me want to relive these days again with my current partner, friends, and family. I remember it being so exciting to explore the nature around the area. It made me learn how fun it is to travel someplace new.

I remember going on that ride with my siblings and deciding to be the one sitting on the outer side, they push against while the ride spins. The guy who was working made my sister and I switch because she was a tad wider than me at that point. I remember feeling good he thought that of me, but then kind of bad that she had to be on the end again. I remember the feeling once my aunt and uncle left, and we were at the house just the five of us. It felt a tad deflated. But it also felt nice to do our own things. We still had a few days of our trip left!

February 13, 2007

February 13, 2007

Tuesday – Still in Mazatlán, Mexico

Today we went on a tour to Stone Island. We went on a boat and saw a bunch of rocks (in the ocean) like oceans. I took pictures. Umm, we got off the boat onto Stone Island and we got to choose two activities to do. Most of us chose snorkeling and riding on the banana boats. Some others rode on horses instead of banana boat. Yeah, we went snorkeling and the tour guide said we’d see sea urchins and stingrays and sharks. But we didn’t. We saw NOTHING! The water was murky green, so that was a bust. Everyone kept saying, “You can’t see shit down there” hehe! Then we had lunch, I had chicken and everyone else had like quesadillas and other meats. Pretty good food, after that we went on the banana boats. It was a lot like tubing at the lake but the waves were smaller at the lake. Fun! It’s something that I want to do again soon. So yeah. Now we’re, (Meryl, Eddie and me) are in Meredith and Susie’s room, they’re in bed and the adults are going downstairs to have a drink. So ttyl!

<3 Ava Estelle

Present day me: I remember this day. It was more exciting and active that our stay at the hotel and just swim in the ocean days. It was fun to do a new water activity that was similar to tubing at the lake at home.

February 12, 2007

February 12, 2007

Well, we’re in Mazatlan, Mexico. Our second day here has now come to an end. Well mentally I’m kind of going crazy, physically my skin is burnt to a crisp (actually no, I’ve had worse) my forehead hurts, from sunburn and my left upper arm and shoulder are hurting the most. But enough about me complaining. Nobody likes complainers. So…

We got here Saturday the 10th at about noon. And we got to the hotel, The Mayan Sea Garden. We had to wait until 5 o’clock to get our room and went swimming in the pool, explored and went to bed at 8:45! We were dead tired! So yeah.

Then on Sunday, aka yesterday, we woke up at like 7:30am and got our swimming suits on with some nice clothes over them. Because we had to go to this business breakfast so they could sell the adults timeshares or whatever. We sat there for an hour then the kids could escape to go swimming in the pool or ocean. We did both! I LOVE the ocean! Yesterday was pretty much hanging around water. We also played beach volleyball! Oh! I love vball!

Today: we planned to go shopping so everyone except Opa and Uncle Leroy took the two rental cars and we drove them into the town. The two cars got separated because we couldn’t find a parking spot, so I spent the whole morning walking around the central market, (not buying anything) with Phoebe, Meryl, Eddie, Oma and Uncle Pat. Pretty fricken boring morning if you ask me. But we came back to the hotel and ate lunch and went swimming! In the Beautiful Pacific Ocean and the pool that’s beautiful too! And there was a Mexican fiesta we just came back from. Entertainment was there!! They had good food and good entertainment!

(Wow, do I miss my friends) When I first opened this and found my list of friends’ addresses, I almost started crying. Today was the first day I missed school for the whole 8th grade! But oh well. Man, do I miss my dad and my kitties!

<3 Ava Estelle

Present day me: This was one of the more fun trips to Mexico that I remember. It was a struggle travelling with about 13 people though. Usually, good memories were had! My dad didn’t join us on these annual trip so it made us miss him and felt like there was a part of our family missing at times.