Now that I’ve headed back to work, I’m miss vacation and feel the need to buy lottery tickets until I win it big. Since that probably won’t happen for awhile (or at least not in the next few days…), I can look back on vacation and wish that I traveled for a living. Or at least had the guts to eat through my savings in the name of life experience. Hmm….
Anyway, enough dreaming for now and time to talk about the rest of the California Baseball Road Trip. Since we’ve already covered the baseball stadiums, we can talk about the road trip which might interest some of you more. (Especially since Katie [high school friend!] and Caroline are both headed there soon!)
Day 1 of the road trip was one of the shortest drives we had, since we left from San Francisco and headed to Monterey to hit up the aquarium. It’s about 125 miles and a 2.5 hour drive, so nothing too crazy. We left our hotel, headed to the BART to get to the San Francisco airport which seemed like the best place to pick up a rental car…and it was! We jumped on the road, and I immediately begged Eric to get off the highway so we (and by that, I mean I) could get some coffee. We stopped a place called Happy Donut, grabbed some coffee and donuts, then hit the road for real. (If I was a better blogger, I might have pictures of donuts for you, but I can’t imagine you don’t actually know what a donut looks like, so just use your imagination!)
We relied on Google Maps to get us everywhere, which is a reminder to make sure you have a phone charger in your car because that eats up your battery! (We will also learn in the coming days that much of Hwy 1 doesn’t have service, oops?) Anyway, we drove along, didn’t hit much traffic although Eric would jump in here to tell you how much he hates California drivers…I’m secretly convinced that Eric hates all drivers, but it’s just a theory of mine. Eric did all the driving and I did all of the car dancing to my favorite playlists (aka Top 40 music). I don’t think he fully appreciated the entertainment early on, but he came around.
Mainly, I think he was focused on the first destination of the trip…which was In n Out Burger. When figuring out how to work at least one stop to this burger joint into the trip, we had to do some research…and that research revealed a location that would appear right around lunch time on day one of the road trip, so that worked out nicely. I’ve had Shake Shack a couple times since moving to NYC, but otherwise I couldn’t tell you the last time I had a fast food type burger…but In n Out isn’t quite like McDonald’s (or so they say!), and I will admit that it was delicious. I don’t know if I would seek it out on my own, but that’s what Eric is for. He also reminded me of the secret menu, so we got animal style burgers, and I ate obscene amounts of ketchup with my fries.
With bellies full, we continued on our journey. I think I mentioned this earlier, but I asked Eric if there was anything he wanted to do in California, and he didn’t say anything. Then he realized that the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was basically on the route to Monterey. Since he wants to be a race car driver when he grows up, we drove on the road around the race track so he could see cars go by. Boys…
After Eric enjoyed his boy adventures, we finished the drive into Monterey with plans for the Monterey Aquarium, which both of us missed in our times there previously. I’ve heard that the aquarium is a must see in Monterey. I wouldn’t say my aquarium knowledge is that extensive, although I’ve been to a few before. We visited on a Saturday, so the aquarium was full of families, and it’s a very family friendly place with lots of interactive activities and “feeling” tanks where you can touch sea cucumbers and urchins! Although it was crowded, we were able to make our way through the exhibits…including lots of jellyfish.
We watched them feed the penguins, saw the sea otters, and learned about shark fishing. After a few hours, we headed to the El Dorado Inn, which is not in the main area of Monterey, but a quick drive away. We had dinner at a Mexican place nearby (nothing too noteworthy), and called it a night…a busy day for sure, and we had a long way to go on day two!