Thursday, April 30, 2009

California vacation wrap-up

Rob and I just wrapped up our first real vacation as a married couple. We had a great time! We stayed with my sister-in-law Rachel and her boyfriend Jason in Palo Alto.

A few highlights:

  • We saved more than $90 by not parking out car at the airport. Instead we walked a half mile to the bus stop, took the bus to downtown, took the light-rail to the airport. Cost = $2.25 each.
  • By packing light, we were able to take only carry on bags. This saved us tons of time and no stress worrying about our luggage getting lost.
  • California is fun to visit, but it requires a lot of driving. I am glad to be home.
Since I took so many pictures, I can't post them all here. However there are links below, divided by day, along with a break-down of what we did.

Day 1 - Wednesday
  • Bus to downtown. Lightrail to airport. Fly to Chicago.
  • Two hour layover in Chicago.
  • Fly to San Francisco.
  • Meet Rachel at the airport. Drive to Palo Alto.
  • Drop off bags. Head to grocery and beer stores.
  • Drink a few and get caught up with Rachel and Jason.
Day 2 - Thursday 
Day 3 - Friday
Day 4 - Saturday 
Day 5 - Sunday 
  • Recover.
  • Head to the beach at Santa Cruz.
  • Explore downtown Santa Cruz.
  • Order pizza, watch movie, play board games.
Day 6 - Monday 
Day 7 - Tuesday 
  • Repeat Day 1 in reverse order

There you have it. Whew.

And if you don't feel like clicking through every one of the Picasa albums linked above, here's a few of my personal favorites:




















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