Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, I was on spring break. Here’s a report of what I did. Sorry, the short parts are the parts I didn’t like and the long parts are the ones I did.
DAY ONE (Driving and Sacramento): We had bagels, drove the length of the Central Valley till Sacramento, got ice cream at this cool ice cream store called Vic’s, then went to our hotel. We had a SUITE!!!! My window looked down on the pool from the 10th story.
We went to the Capitol. I wanted to bring my baseball mitt, but my dad said we would play catch when we went to Sutter’s Fort the next day. Nothing was really new, since I went there in fourth grade, but this time I understood things a little better. My brothers got yelled at for climbing on a railing.
After the Capitol we went to this pizza place called Pete’s. OH MY GOD the pizza was delicious. Our waiter had really cool hair. We were sitting outside when a bunch of people rode by. There was this giant bar, on wheels, and the people were pedaling while being drunk, aka screaming their heads off like they were in a parade.
We returned to the suite as soon as the pizza was finished off, and only to find that my youngest brother had forgotten his swim trunks. So my other brother and I went to the pool with my dad. My dad didn’t get in the pool, though, because he was tired. And my brother chickened out of the pool and got in the hot tub. I stayed in the pool.
DAY TWO (Sacramento, Driving, Medford): On this day we went all the way to Oregon! We went to The Weatherstone Cafe for breakfast, and then to Sutter’s Fort, where we played catch, soccer, and went inside and took pictures. I didn’t really listen because I had been there before. I wanted to buy a souvenir in the gift shop, but my mom wouldn’t let me, which I was bummed about. We took one last picture and then my mom said it was time to go. We hopped in the car and drove up to Oregon. In one sitting! Once we were there, we decided to get something to eat. My mom wanted to go to Sheri’s or Abby’s, but then she figured out they were chains. We wanted to go to Panda Express (a chain, Mother dearest!), but then my dad figured out that there was an In-N-Out in the vicinity. Panda vs. In-N-Out? Definitely the latter. After that we went to the pool, where it was again just my brother and I. And my dad. This time he got in the pool. We had a great time, until my brother threw a tantrum and we all had to go back to the room. I had to sleep on the floor, with just one thin blanket, and it was FREEZING!!!!!!
DAY THREE (Medford, Driving, Redwoods): We got up and went to breakfast. It was Holiday Inn, so the food was terrible. I had a pancake and some bacon. We then drive down to Redwood National Park (Jedediah Smith) and set up our stuff. We forgot the marshmallows so we went to bed early, but in the time we were sitting near the fire my mom put her UGG-clad foot on the fire pit and the bottom of the shoe melted! I also bought some postcards in Crescent City.
DAY FOUR (Redwoods): We hiked in the redwoods. This included Stout Grove, wading through a river, hiking up lots of hills, almost fainting, and stepping in puddles. I’m sorry all this redwood stuff isn’t very descriptive, but I like writing about the fun parts, so I write more about the fun parts and less about the boring ones. When we got back we realized we hadn’t gone to Crescent City for marshmallows AGAIN, so we did the same routine as last night.
DAY FIVE (Redwoods): We hiked longer today, but I didn’t get as tired. My brothers threw a giant tantrum because we had oatmeal for breakfast, but then they liked it. In the evening we played catch, roasted marshmallows which we finally remembered, and my brothers sharpened sticks with my dad’s axe. Here’s some advice: never trust a 4th and 2nd grader with an axe. My 4th grade brother Paul was throwing a rock and catching it. Once, it hit him on the head. My dad said, “Paul is the only kid in the world who gives himself a concussion.”
DAY SIX (Redwoods, Driving, Fort Ross, Glen Ellen): We packed up and left the redwoods. I was happy, because I was getting tired of camping. We took a picture with a life sized statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, then fought our way down to Glen Ellen, where we stayed at the Jack London Lodge. On the way there, we stopped at Fort Ross. There were people practicing a reenactment inside so we couldn’t go in. Jack London lived near Glen Ellen, FYI. Before Glen Ellen we ate at the Pullman Kitchen, a delicious restaurant in Santa Rosa. When we got to the Jack London Lodge, we got stuck under this bridge type thing. We had to take our giant box thing off the roof of our car.
Our hotel room was beautiful. It was SO old fashioned, and if you ever go near there stay at the Jack London Lodge.
DAY SEVEN (Glen Ellen, Driving, Berkeley): We had breakfast at this cute cafe but I forgot what it was called. We had a conversation with the owner (she was really nice) and I had a super yummy Belgian Waffle.
We went to Jack London National Park. We saw the ruins of the Wolf House, essentially Jack London’s dream house. We saw the House of Happy Walls, the mini version of the Wolf House that Jack’s wife Charmian built after Jack died. And we saw Jack London’s grave, but it was just a rock. NOT all that exciting.
We made another stop in Sonoma. I was half asleep and didn’t see a lot except one thing. We went to a cafe for lunch and it was called the Sunflower Cafe. I went to was my hands and there was a BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S poster except it said “Breakfast at Sunflower Cafe”. I loved it. After that we got in the car and drove all the way down to Berkeley. We saw UC Berkeley and went to a bookstore, where there was this crazy guy screaming curse. Ummm?… Then we went to see our friends.
Yann, the dad, wasn’t home, and Amy, their mom, broke her leg or pulled a muscle or something while skiing and so was on crutches and couldn’t go anywhere. We stayed home the first day. I was the only girl. My brothers and the two boys, Thibaud (11) and Andre (10) (Tee-bo and Awn-dray) went to play basketball with their friends Cole and George, and we also found a G. I. Joe action doll from the 19somethings. Until it started raining. Then we went home. But first we saw the neighborhood. There was a mini version of the White House,a crazy guy on a motorcycle (yes, I said crazy guy on a motorcycle) and an author.
Dinner was delicious, and after dinner we made a movie (or at least the beginning of one) which I will hopefully post soon. Yes, it’s horribly made, but we’re kids, okay? Basically, Thibaud played this idiot guy who gets kidnapped and sings live songs to his crush, Bridget, in a jail cell. Okay, it’s not as bad as that. But pretty close. My brother played Bridget. He was wearing a wig that looked surprisingly natural (I’m not kidding you) and a dress. L. O. L!!!!!!!!!! But at one point we had to go to bed, so we did, but we stayed up really late because the beginning of our movie was kind of freaking us out, so we played Truth or Dare till after midnight. Not that late, actually. But pretty late, still.
(Sorry I’m saying “at one point”, “delicious”, and “all the way” so much).
DAY EIGHT (Berkeley): We finished the movie. Then we went to the park. I had to do the credits for the movie so I went a bit afterward. On the way down, I had a staring contest with two deer. We played kickball, and went home because it was raining AGAIN. Before the park we went to see a movie called April and the Twisted World. It was all in French (Thibaud and Andre speak French, they’re so lucky), but it had English subtitles. I didn’t like it much, I would rate it 6 stars out of 10. We all wore weird costumes. I wore a cheerleader outfit. People were looking at us weird.
After the movie, my dad decided he just HAD to buy some Schlitz beer in bottles, because they only sell it in cans down here and even that is rare. 48 BOTTLES!!!!!!!!! That’s how much he bought.
When we got home we watched World’s Scariest Roller Coasters on their laptop. One of them was in Germany and the guy filming it was screaming. Andre said, “now I’m imagining Hitler on a roller coaster” and we all cracked up. We went to bed really late, again.
DAY NINE (Berkeley, Driving, Home): We had delicious challah for breakfast, then we brushed our teeth, and left. It was really quite quick. Now we won’t see them until next year BUT FOR THE FACT THAT I will tell you at the end of the post. We drove from Berkeley to Encinitas all in one sitting!
I’m looking forward to my Guys & Dolls Cast Party on Saturday! An update will be posted Sunday at the latest, and hopefully with pictures.
Here’s why I might go to Berkeley very soon: Thibaud and Andre are in a play. I might get to be an extra, or at the very least work backstage. But the best part? I get to fly up there by myself! I don’t know if I’ll miss the Friday a week before the last day of school or not, but it will be fun.
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