Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Are We There Yet?

Day 10, and last day of our California road trip.
Home sweet home, what can be more sweeter!

Did a lot of driving yesterday to make it home.
Stopped at a few rest stations to stretch and rest.
 Finally walked through the front door at 3:00am in the morning.

I am in a weird mood today, on one hand I am tired and can't seem to move from my couch.
But on the other hand the adrenaline is still flowing through me, and I want to get back in my car and hit the road.

I will not bombard you with trip photos, but want to put down on paper, or in this case on the computer,
 thoughts that went through my head during the long 10 days of driving.

I loved California so much, it was tough leaving.
Which were my favourite cities?  Both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo come to mind.

And if I was to become a Canadian snowbird, it would be to one of these cities.
Either Florida or California....or maybe Texas by the water.
Why not flock to the south during the winter months?
 I have my own business and it's pretty portable.
My children are in University and both living independently.
So why not live in the South during the winter?
The only real problem I have with this idea is that I would have to live there by myself.  Not sure how lonely that would be for me.
Not sure how well I would do lonely.  Right now I am surrounded by my kids, my mom and brothers and sisters.
 I do have a sister that goes to Florida each winter for two there's that.
This would be a major step for me.

Anyway, back to my favourite cities in California.
Santa Barbara and San Luis.

Santa Barbara had the ocean.  I truly don't think I could ever tire of the water.
But correct me if I am wrong, but I am thinking that rental housing in Santa Barbara would be expensive......if I was doing the snowbird thing.

Ignore the water spots on the pics, my poor camera took quite a beating this trip!

 Then there's San Luis.  Reminded me a lot of Stratford, ON.
Stratford is were we lived before my move to Sarnia, it is where I raised my children.
San Luis felt homey.  Plus it had amazing shopping centres.

I visited San Luis because daughter Rachel wanted to see the historical bubblegum wall of fame.
 She wanted to place her own gum on the wall.  She and her brother did. 
Not me, I stayed a safe distance away, it was a bit too gross for me!

 So here we are, home safe.......but looking forward to the next road trip!



  1. Glad you made it home safely and that you had a good time. As far as the snowbird parents do it. They started out by just going two weeks and rented a condo (there are sites on line that you can check them out) and they liked it so much the next year they went for a month and then they stay for three months. Something to think about! :)

  2. Beautiful photos!!!
    That bubble gum wall ( which I'd never heard of ) looks strangely fascinating actually!

  3. I'm glad you are home safe and sound and had an enjoyable trip. You sure covered a lot of miles in 10 days! Wow. Did you stop at all?? LOL Love the photos and the one of the seagulls is cute. If your sister goes south for 2 weeks in winter you should go with her to see how you like it. Only one way to find out eh? Start planning. Pam

  4. Welcome home! That wall is super gross. I like your idea of travelling south for winter, I am sure it would be amazing if you could work it!

  5. Lovely pics, even the bubble gum wall! Our neighbours head to Florida every winter, they bought a place there a few years ago. Personally, I like to experience all seasons here, but then our winters aren't as harsh, or long, as yours.

  6. You would LOVE living in California, sugar!!! We are from California but now retired in the desert of Idaho. But my kids still live there and we go back each year to visit. We absolutely loved it there, but decided to retire away from there because it's so expensive. Rentals in Santa Barbara??? Very, very expensive. Our kids treated us to a week in S.B. for our 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner at a well-known restaurant—I think the San Ysidro Inn—and it was incredible but the tab for the meal for the 10 of us was about $1,700.00. Incredible high rates in Santa Barbara but you would love it, Good luck in all you decide.

  7. Oh my, what a fantastic trip. (I`ve been reading all posts from this trip) I would love to drive around in your country. (states).

    Whish you a great weekend.

    Hugs from here

  8. Hi Diane, I am so glad your trip was successful and safe. Welcome back home. My two daughters both are living in places that you would love. One daughter is a Senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and my other daughter is at Cal State Long Beach. Both near the water. Lucky girls. If I could, I would definitely move to SLO or somewhere around there. Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Avila Beach, even Santa Maria are all beautiful places to live. San Luis Obispo has for years been known as the Happiest Town in America It is funny that your kids knew about Bubblegum Alley. Very famous. I am thinking about making a trip to Michigan next month. If I do, I will have to take a road trip to Sarnia just to see your town.