Six states, nine cities, five hotels later and we made it to Monterey. We are still in a hotel until we get the keys to our house and our household goods arrive. But it feels good to finally be here and have the opportunity to get to know the bay area a little better.
The long car rides were starting to wear us all down. Luckily, I don’t think we have any road trips planned in the near future. I will say though that I am super impressed with how well my kids handled it. I envisioned things being a lot tougher, but they both persevered through it all and made the best of it.
When we left Utah, we headed straight for Reno, Nevada. The drive was much different from the drive from Colorado to Utah. Fewer mountains and lots of salt flats.
We made it to Reno just in time to grab some dinner and head to bed. Their was a convenient path along the river right outside the hotel, so the next morning after breakfast we spent some time exploring the area before hitting the road again.
We were anxious to get going and finally make it to California. We were about 4 hrs way from Monterey, but for the kids sake we decided to give them a break from long drives and cut it in half, stopping in Sacramento.
We discovered the library was just a few blocks from our hotel so we stopped in to check out their kids section. The kids had a ton of fun playing. Nora wasn’t in the mood for pictures, but I caught a couple of Calvin enjoying himself.
Before we headed out the next day we found a park that had a small amusement park within it called Funderland. This was both kids first time at an amusement park so it was a fun experience for all of us.
I don’t know if you noticed, but Nora insisted on wearing that same dress 2 days in a row. It was pretty cute though how she had to have it displayed next her bed so it was ready for her when she woke up in the morning. Shoes and all…
The drive to Monterey was supposed to be two hours but turned into about three and a half. Apparently many people like to leave the warmer temps and head to Monterey with milder temperatures for long holiday weekends, so there was a whole lot of traffic. But we did finally make it and headed straight for our new neighborhood to give the kids a visual of where we will soon live. They were both so thrilled to finally get out of the car and be at our final destination.
After dinner we decided to celebrate surviving our trek across the United States with some froyo. This was Nora’s first time really participating in the froyo experience of sampling, choosing and topping her own. And Calvin’s first time eating it. They both loved it! We may become regulars here.
We are all so anxious to move out of our hotel and into our new house, so hopefully we get word that we can soon! In the mean time, we will continue to make the best of it, exploring our new home & enjoying this time together when Nick doesn’t have to work and I don’t have to worry about cooking or household chores!