A Taste of Summer

[Originally Published 05.01.2013]

Whoa! How is it May already? Being a teacher, May represents that final stretch of the school year. I’ll be honest with you, I am already looking forward to summer. Maybe it’s because of the amazing Spring Break I had last month. My Spring Break gave me just a little taste of what summer may bring… Now, I meant to write a post about Spring Break a couple of weeks ago but better late than never, right? Warning: Lots of pictures in the post.

The first Saturday of Spring Break, we took a day trip out to Marina del Rey. We had breakfast at Fisherman’s Village and rode our bikes at the park near the water.

 

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The next day, we hopped in the car for a road trip to Northern California. We first drove to San Francisco, via Fresno County. My wife decided to spend Spring Break with her mom since she doesn’t get see her too often. So the kids and I were off on our own adventure. We stayed for two nights at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, just two blocks from Pier 39. We had a blast visiting the Goldengate Bridge, taking a bus tour of San Francisco, and hanging out at Pier 39.

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After a couple of days in San Francisco we drove down Hwy 1 to Santa Cruz. I love Santa Cruz! It’s where I went to college but it holds a particularly special place in my heart because it is where my wife and I met. I wish she could have been with us during this leg of the trip.

We stayed for a couple of days at the Best Western Plus on Ocean. I took the kids to some of my favorite places in Santa Cruz and on campus at UCSC and I tried to give them a history lesson with stories about me and their mom. I don’t think they appreciated it as much as I did…

 

The Surfer’s Museum on West Cliff Drive and Natural Bridges

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On Tuesday, we had lunch at the Saturn Cafe with Elise @phdstrides.

 

 

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I took the kids up to UCSC and gave them a walking tour of campus. We even go to meet and talk to fellow Healthy Living IGer Sarah @sarahmclaughlin for a few minutes.

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College 8: My residential college. I was an RA here for two years.

 

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No visit to Santa Cruz is complete without a visit to the Boardwalk! The weather was great but the water was cold. The frigid temps couldn’t keep the kids out of the water, though.

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We also hit a couple of my favorite eateries. We visited Upper Crust Pizza twice: on Tuesday for all-you-can-eat pizza and on Wednesday for all-you-can-eat pasta. An of course, I had to make sure the kids got to experience Marianne’s Ice Cream. The line was out the door but it was definitely worth the wait!

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As the sun set on my last day of my road trip, I was definitely thankful for the time I got to spend with the kids sharing memories and creating new ones. I wish my wife were with us, but it’s all good. A great vacation like this only makes me yearn for the start of summer even more. Thankfully, it’s only a few more weeks away.

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What did you do during your last vacation?

What are your plans for this summer?

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