My son, his wife, and their 2 kids, took a road trip from San Diego up to Napa (to see her huge extended family), down to Alameda, and then back to San Diego. They arrived home early this afternoon. I think they were gone for a just over a week.

It's always fun to watch what all of them have to do for such a trip to be successful and remembered.

The parents: because they have to bring all of the 'stuff'.

The kids: because they bring a bunch of special toys... in particular, stuffed animals to make them feel at home. I have a bunch of Discovery Toys, Legos, etc. in my dining room cabinets and once the kids show up...they know exactly where to go, and what to do.

Now I've been introduced to Pokeman. I still don't know what the goal is, and I don't know how it's played, but my grandson knows most everything about Pokeman. He goes on and on about each character. It appears to be a huge card game...with names I can't pronounce.

All of their devices are on my kitchen counters (some for the kids, most for the adults).

And speaking of road trips...I remember driving up to Lake Tahoe...maybe from Fullerton, with my parents..and some number of my brothers, all younger. But we drove at night so the kids could sleep. I think we had a station wagon..and we'd stay at Meeks Bay.

-No 'safety car seats.' Who even knew what those would be?

-We packed most of our food (like Meeks Bay didn't have any store, yes it did).

But the water was beautiful and cold, and somehow, I guess it was a break for my parents. A change of pace, and a reliable place to stay. We'd play Parcheesi or card games at night.

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And no electronics. 

And once we moved from Fullerton, to Costa Mesa, to Claremont (San Diego), to La Jolla, to Daly City, to San Rafael, and back to Newport Beach, we didn't go on many vacations. 

However, I know that we drove to Utah to see Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. The one thing I remember is that we looked up to see the cliffs/formations from the valley floor at Zion, and we looked down to see the cliffs/formations at  Bryce. Or maybe not. It was a long time ago. 

 Newport Beach was perfect for us. 

Now, Alameda is very good for me.

Live richly,  marilyn


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