Jonathan, Alex, and Sam joined us for a fancy dinner at Left Bank in Menlo Park to celebrate their new year as a sophomore and 7th grader. We all had a great time!
John, Jonathan and I spent a week in St. George right across the street from our former home. Here are some pictures-
We went back up to EDGE in Sonoma for a fancy dinner and overnight. We missed being able to travel to Vancouver to have dinner at Maenam but the pandemic is still keeping us from our normal activities. Nonetheless we had a wonderful time and enjoyed dining out and being together for this special day.
We had a cookout to celebrate our two Dads!
At last we are all vaccinated and can get together again. Lots of hugs were exchanged and John grilled a boneless leg of lamb to make our day even more festive.
Today we met Eileen and Jim at Skates on the Bay in Berkeley. The food was mediocre but the company was stellar!
We spend the last few days of our vacation in St. George at the Inn at Entrada. I do not take any pictures since we mostly just relaxed, played tennis, went food shopping, and cooked our own meals.
We arrive home on May 1. We spend an overnight in Bakersfield, CA on the way. It is getting so that driving 10+ hours is just too much. Maybe next time we go we will at least fly to Las Vegas. Now that we are vaccinated it seems like a doable option.
We travel along UT 12, probably the scariest road ever. At several points the land drops into canyons on either side of the road with just us and the car on a tiny spine of land. I do not take pictures because first of all, I do not want to look and second, because I have tried to take pictures before and there is no way for the camera to capture the depth of the canyons.
We finally make it to Escalante, UT and find a place to eat some breakfast. The Escalante Outfitters is part serious hiking place and part eco-driven and hippie snack bar. We opt for a crustless egg and vegetable soufflé which turns out to be quite delicious.
As we get nearer to Bryce Canyon we can see the Aquarius Plateau in the distance.
It is our plan to just make one stop in Bryce, at Fairyland Point. We figure with it being the weekend the park will be overrun with tourists. Plus the sky is looking pretty ominous.
We change drivers when we get to I-15 and I end up driving through some of the worst rain I have ever experienced. It is coming down in sheets and the road is hard to see with all the spray from the other cars and trucks. Plus the speed limit is 80 mph!! When we reach St. George the weather miraculously clears up and we stop at a favorite of ours for lunch, Mad Pita Express.
We check into the Inn at Entrada, get ourselves settled, and go shopping at Harmon’s for sushi and lentils for dinner.
After having our sushi hors d’oeuvres we make a lentil stew with mushrooms, carrots, and chicken sausage.
Today we are driving to Boulder, Utah with a stop for a picnic lunch in Capitol Reef National Park. As we drive along the rocks change color and formation. Here is what we saw along the road.
We finally reach our hotel in Boulder, UT. The wind has really picked up and is howling. Our room is not quite ready so we spend some time in the hotel’s common area. Later we go out for a very fine dinner in the only place open in this tiny town.