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On the road through Death Valley, CA

I am taking an online class – “Writing in the Digital Age” taught by Tammy Strobel of Rowdykittens.com that has helped me to start writing this blog.  Granted, this is only the second post, but I am having fun with it!  Today’s writing prompt is about Memories.  In order to do this one, I started going through some of my photos and came across the album of our family vacation to the West Coast last year.  Here is my essay Tammy!


Wild horses seen just outside of Death Valley.

Some of my fondest memories are from our trip to the West Coast last summer. Every time I look at the photos I feel a sense of joy and peace.  It also brings a sense of longing and melancholy that I am not there any longer and it may take me many years to go back.


We went for two weeks and the first week was all about adventure.  We drove from Las Vegas, NV to Death Valley, CA then on to Silver City, NV for a bit of the old wild west.  From there we drove across California to Crescent City, CA passing by Mt. Shasta.  Just gorgeous.  We stayed there for a couple of days to check out the Redwoods and it was so totally worth it.  They are majestic and humbling.  Just beautiful!  


We then drove down the coast using the Redwood Highway and again so beautiful. No Bigfoot sightings, but that was ok too.  We made a pit stop in Monterey Bay before we were set to meet up for our family reunion in Oxnard, CA.  


The further south we went, the warmer and sunnier it became, but I still longed for the cooler and mystical area of Northern, CA and the Redwoods.  


Mt. Shasta

One of the coolest things we saw coming down the coast was the RV’s that park one on top of the other along the coast!  Our dream retirement is to get an RV and see the country and I want to be a part of that caravan!

We met up with the family in Oxnard, CA where we rented a house right on the ocean.  It was warm and sunny and beautiful, but I still longed for the cooler temperatures and majestic views that Northern, CA afforded me.  

On this trip we put 2,800 miles on the rental car – good thing for unlimited mileage! This was a trip that was unforgettable.

On to make more memories!