Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer around these parts. And in the past it has been our favorite travel time. We started going out around the Memorial Day weekend in 2005 with a road trip to Williams, Arizona (gateway of the Grand Canyon) where we drove for 11 hours from the Bay Area to Las Vegas where we stopped for lunch before driving another 4 hours to reach our destination.
Aerial view of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River
In 2006, we embarked on a Memorial Day weekend road trip to neighboring Oregon with stops at Crater Lake NP, Ashland, Salem, Eugene, Portland, and Multnomah Falls.
The first half of 2007 was especially busy workwise for both hubs and I. We were logging a lot of hours in the office. So, we needed something relaxing for a vacation, not a road trip. Enter a cruise to Alaska with stops at Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. It was one experience I will never ever forget.
Cruising Tracy Arm Fjord
Back to road trip in 2008 with the long awaited drive to explore the scenic Highway 395, Eastern Sierra, where we stopped and explored Reno, Carson City, Viriginia City (all in Nevada), Mammoth Lakes, Mono Lake, Bristlecone Pines State Park, and Yosemite (all in California).
This year however, we are staying home. We have quite a handful in our plates, plus this year we already had two mini vacations, one in February to Vegas (with sidetrips to Grand Canyon and Valley of Fire SP), and a second in April in NYC. So this year, our tradition of going out on Memorial Day weekend is cut short. Here’s hoping we’ll get back to road tripping next year.
As I am writing this on a Sunday night, let me tell you out here in this part of California, its cold. It was breezy and foggy. I told my husband the weather reminded me of a Thanksgiving weekend than Memorial Day weekend. People are walking around in jackets and are very cold. A lady at church age 81 said, well this is California and its cold in May (even summer for that matter, ask any San Fran resident). I spent the whole afternoon snoozing, the weather was just made for that.
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