Well, I’ve actually been back since Sunday night, but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance yet to post anything. I figured I’d just mention how everything went.
The trip ended up being a lot of fun, even though we ended up traveling over 2600 miles in about 9 days. We didn’t actually end up hitting the road on the 3rd, since we were packing until almost midnight. So, we drove up to my parents’ place in Orem, UT on the morning of the 4th, and spent the weekend there with my family. My older brother drove down with his family from Salt Lake City to join us for a BBQ on Saturday. It was good getting to spend some time with the family. My youngest sister is still only 9 years old (I’m the second of seven kids), and I only get to see most of them once or twice a year these days.
On Monday, we were planning to drive from there to the Jedediah Smith Redwoods up near Crescent City, CA, but we ended up taking a two day detour up to Eugene, OR to visit Tiff’s family. We invited my younger sister, Julia, to join us on the road trip, and to stay at our place for a few weeks. She’s recovering from a broken ankle, but we wanted to give her a change of pace. Having her there to help was great.
Last thursday, we finally headed down to the Redwoods, just in time for little James gave us some unplanned drama. We needed to pick up a few items at the grocery store there in Crescent City, but James decided to demonstrate why nobody uses the term “as graceful as a Goff” in a complemantary way by taking a nose-dive out of the shopping cart, landing head first. He’s ok now–lucked out with just a huge “goose-egg” on his forehead, but he got to ride in an ambulance, and got to get a CAT scan. But the kid was back to laughing and playing within a few minutes of waking up after the CAT scan, and there hasn’t been any sign of other problems.
The Redwoods were a lot of fun. Got to go swimming and boating, and hiking with the boys. Jonny loved it. We also made ice cream in plastic bags. It’s a neat trick, though next time I want to try it using dry ice instead of a mixture of ice and rock salt. Basically you take a thick sandwich baggie, fill it with the right amount of sugar (2 Tbsp), Half-and-Half (1 cup), some vanilla (1/2 tsp), and add a little chocolate syrup and chopped Hershey’s almond bars. You then seal that baggie, and place it inside a gallon freezer bag that’s half full of ice, with 1/2 a cup of rock salt mixed in with the ice. You then shake the bags for 5-10 minutes and you get ice cream. It was great for the little kids, since they wear themselves out making the ice cream. But, as I said, I’d like to try it with some crushed dry-ice in the outer bag (with some holes to let the CO2 out)…
We stopped up in Santa Clara overnight on the way home, staying with some friends, and only finally arrived back at our place on Sunday night around 9pm. We’re still getting things unpacked, and I’m still getting caught up at work, but all in all it was a great vacation.