I’d like to brag and call myself a seasoned traveler. I’m not. Finances and that thing called life have always tripped up the opportunity to travel more. I do have a handful of great trips behind me; Italy, Switzerland and, of course, my beloved California.
Umm, hello? Breathtaking landscapes of mountain, ocean, and vineyard, deliciously fresh food. WINE.
So there we were, snuggled up on the couch the other night as we watched reruns of Modern Family, when a lightbulb bleeped in my brain.
“Why don’t we take the kids to California this summer?”
Michael raised his eyebrows ever so slightly, “Yeah, we could do that.”
We’d been daydreaming about a quick trip to Paris – I’ve never been – but let’s face it. Who in their right mind is going to volunteer to babysit our little
animals gems for several nights in a row?
The big question was whether to head north or south. We’ve been to NoCal (Do they call it that? It’s easier than writing out n-o-r-t-h-e-r-n c-a-l-i-f-o-r-n-i-a) several times and have loved it. Each time we arrive in Napa Valley we both throw our heads back to meet the sun as we cruise down Silverado Trail in a convertible, feeling as though life couldn’t possibly get any better.
But bring the kids? Isn’t it frowned upon to fill the day with wine tastings with kids in tow?
We’ve never been to SoCal, unless you count that time my best friend from elementary school moved out there and my parents actually put me on a plane to LA by myself when I was 10 years old so I could spend two weeks with my friend and her family. And they’re Chinese. And they spoke in Chinese the whole time.
I don’t speak Chinese.
I guess I’m not the cool mom because I’d never let one of my babies do that. Maybe my mom needed a break from me. That would’ve been plausible.
Here’s the working itinerary:
Days 1,2,3 – Los Angeles area
– Universal Studios
Days 4,5,6 -San Diego
– San Diego Zoo
– hanging out at the beach or pool
I’d really love to see Santa Barbara even if it’s a day trip. What do you think? Anyone have travel ideas? I’m all ears.