Driving all day with kids, animals and the heat.
01.07.2015 - 03.08.2015
The downside and upside to long road trips are the long stretches of time in the car.
Yesterday started out well: breakfast with Julie then 2 hours later lunch with friends in Sonoma, Joe and Stephanie. Actually, Joe and I were co-workers when I was working all of the months in Nor Cal. We’d never met in person but spent lots of time on the phone, text and email plus facebook. It felt like meeting up with old friends.
We picked up our wine club shipment in Sonoma then started to the Santa Rosa area where we had 3 more wineries to pick up from. On the way our little chinchilla passed away. It was hot and he was old. We were so sad, he has been with us for many years but we were glad he was with us and not at home alone.
Of course we hit a ton of road delays, lots of work, lots of delays. Finally we had one winery left, an hour off of the main highway and nearly 5pm. The road to the winery is narrow, steep and it was so hot. They have 1-cent shipping to wine club members so we made the decision to have it shipped home after we return. It would have been nice to have the everyday wines on this trip but we will survive. The grocery stores have a good selection too.
We were disappointed when we couldn’t drive until midnight. We were tired and we didn’t want to sleep in the heat of Redding so stayed coastal.
And while we have lost our little Kerbs we have also greatly enjoyed our granddaughter. She has stayed with us for short times, usually with another grandchild or 2. But she has been quite the entertainer without knowing it.
She has been sitting for all these hours in the car. This morning for an hour or 2 she sang; sang songs in Spanish, then English, then sang while rolling her R’s. She told us that she wasn’t singing a real song, just singing words. She draws detailed pictures for hours, plays pretend jump-rope, talks pretend.
What a girl, and what a way to spend a vacation! Next stop, our son and his family in Oregon. We will be so glad to get out of the car!!! Both granddaughters are beside themselves for us to arrive so they can finally be together.