Where I Went: California

Like I mentioned, my mom and I went on a mother-daughter adventure to California last month. We had such a good time, and, more importantly, didn’t leave hating each other.

We spent day 1 exploring downtown San Francisco. The weather was gorgeous.

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We headed to Pacifica for the night, and stayed in a hotel right on the beach. We walked around the beach, had dinner at a restaurant overlooking the ocean, then collapsed in our hotel beds and slept soundly. The MN-CA time difference had taken it’s toll.

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On Friday, we made our way toward Monterey for the Miatas at MRLS event. (What the heck is that? It’s a car show for Mazda Miata enthusiasts.) Our drive was beautiful — we took the famous Highway 1 along the coast, coincidentally following a small pack of Miatas along the way. We spent most of the afternoon at the car show, enjoying a BBQ lunch and the unveiling of the 2016 Miata, then went back to Monterey for dinner, a walk along the pier and a good night’s sleep.


We went back to the car show Saturday morning for a little more Miata love. I had the opportunity to sit in the passenger seat for the ride of my life around the Laguna Seca raceway. I was pretty sure I was going to die, but it was so fun.


After wrapping things up at the Miata event, we went back to Monterey for a whale watching tour. And we did, indeed, see quite a few humpback whales feeding on a large school of fish. I didn’t get a single good photo of the whales, despite taking almost 80 pictures. I got a decent photo of sea lions — who were taking part in the same feeding frenzy the whales were enjoying. On the boat’s way back to shore, we came across a pod of dolphins that swam alongside the boat. It was SO awesome. I decided to just experience that moment instead of trying to capture it with my camera.

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My mom and I both had Sunday morning flights out of SF, so after our whale watching adventure, we drove back to SF (on some of the scariest roads I’ve ever been on — hills, sharp turns and more hills) to sleep closer to the airport.

I had such a great trip, and loved having the opportunity to share the experience with my mom.


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