The One with the Drive to WA

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Small change of plans. We didn't leave on Friday night as anticipated. Instead, we woke up at 3am (omg), packed the rest of our stuff and headed out. At around 7am the sun started peaking over the horizon and I took some pics of our crew. Here's Snowy Joey. He slept the entire drive. And stayed awake all night to make up for it :)

Here's Jadis. He likes to play by Chris' feet while he's driving. Not good. We have to tempt him back up with candy.

I feel ya Chris.


We had a pretty good set up to keep us entertained:

Were we driving through central California or the grassy knolls of Europe? It was hard to tell. I loved it. Brings back good memories.

Gilroy! San Jose! San Francisco! I'm baaaaaack!

I didn't recognize anything until we turned down Winchester Drive and drove by the weird dome shaped movie theaters and the Winchester Mystery House. No time to stop and take a tour, we had places to go and people to see!

We drove by the Toys'R'Us where we used to ride our bikes and get toys on special occasions.

We drove by the 7-11 where we walked to many-a-time and got candy. This is where my candy obsession began I presume.

And finally we arrived at my old house.

The place where my dad cut up and installed a tether ball pole in the driveway was still there.

The winding pebble driveway that my dad installed was still there.

The house was in pretty bad shape though. It looks like they're remodeling it or something. Much much different than how it looked in the snazzy YouTube video I posted last month of it in The One with Childhood Memories.

Tess showed up a few minutes after we got there and we had fun recounting stories. I bet somewhere I have a photo of us sitting just like this on the porch from 14 years ago.

We ate a yummy breakfast at Carrows then continued on our journey.

We crossed a bridge in NorCal and I tried to take snap some pics of the water and boats. 'Twas scenic.

Here's Mt. Shasta. It's a big mountain. In fact, it's the second biggest in the Cascades and fifth biggest in California.

We left at 3:30am and arrived at home sweet home at 11:30pm. That's 20 hours folks. I don't know how we did it. I don't wanna think about it. The point is we're home, happy, healthy, and ready to roll.

Let the good times begin!


  1. Holy freaking Christmas tree. That is amazing!

  2. Thanks for the Christmas card. That's Kinda funny that Roger's seen that mystery house & His mission president is from Pasedena. Small world.

  3. I can't believe you had enery to post.. I'm tired just thinking about it! Glad you're home though - tell your folks I said hello! Oh, and I love LOVED your card by the way! ;)

  4. That was way too many hours in the car, even with FRIENDS to keep us entertained. Oh well, at least we're here now!

  5. I have those same santa boxes that are under your parent's tree! Cool.

  6. I'm so glad you made it there safely! And I love that you took (and POSTED) so many photos of your trip! GAH! Okay, that will be my New Year's Resolution. I already *take* that many photos... now I just need to POST them. You WILL be my inspiration (and supporter, yes?! ;-) ), Miss Paige! :-D


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