Sunday, July 22, 2007 was our 12th anniversary so we decided to park the kids with grandma and head off on a little trip of our own. We decided on heading north to see what lay above San Francisco. After Church and the figuring out who drives what vehicle so that grandma could take the kids back to Dave’s apartment, others had rides to go to the Oakland A’s game and we had a car for our drive, we took off.
On our way to our destination, we drove up the East Bay and had a good look at Alcatraz and then later San Quentin prison. That’s a nice way to start a drive. It was, fortunately another bright and sunny day. After about an hour and a half, we made it to Santa Rosa.
We took a tour of the Charles Schulz museum. We saw lots of Snoopys, Woodstocks and other characters. It was really neat to see how many other comic strip artists were influenced by “Sparky” Schulz and paid tribute to him in their own strips. We ate some “hockey pucks” (ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies and completely covered in chocolate) at the “Warm Puppy Cafe” and watched the Californians try to skate on the rink. We then bought a couple trinkets at the gift shop and got our picture taken by the webcam.
Cindy and I then decided to go geocaching. We found 8 more and brought our total to 99! One more and we hope to find it as a family to celebrate 100 in California. The caches gave us a nice tour of Santa Rosa Junior College.
We then went back south and stopped in to see the Redwoods at Muir Woods. The drive into the woods was amazing and seeing the huge trees was awesome.
Since we were just north of the Golden Gate, we decided to head on down 101, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and entered San Fransisco. We got lost very briefly and then made our way back east across the Bay Bridge.
We finally got back to Dublin and ate at Appleby’s. We sat next to Larry Allen.
We had a great day. Pictures are now available in our Photo Album.