On July first we set off at 7:30PM for a five day California vacation. What followed was one of my favorite trips I've taken with Ben, and we had the added company of our good friends Jeff & Mandi.
Driving through the night is serious business. I think I've only ever done it once before, so I wasn't sure if we'd be able to make it. We definitely did, thanks to one part Red Bull, and one part excitement to get to our destination. Ben drove through the early hours of the morning all the way to Cupertino. Our rule of travelling through California is: whoever is riding shotgun has to stay awake with the driver and navigate. I struggled through the hours just before sunrise and began to nod off a bit. But the prospect of seeing the sun come up was too great to miss. Just as dawn began to peek through, we entered the windy road toward San Jose surrounded by yellow grass hills dotted with trees. It also happened to be blanketed with that notorious Bay Area fog. I only wish it wasn't so early because there were about a million fruit stands on the way advertising strawberries, cherries, homemade ice cream and more. Unfortunately, they were closed.
We arrived way earlier than expected in Cupertino. About 3 hours to be exact. We decided to hit up a donut place just up the road from Apple's headquarters and hang out there for a while. The most glorious thing about stepping out of the car was the cool air that greeted us. I'll take 60 degrees over 105 anytime! Donuts help too.
Ben took us on a small tour of Apple's Campus. See that smile in the photo above? That is a rarity when he's in front of the camera. Only being in the core of Apple (haha, pun.) could bring that out in him. I've said it before and I'll say it again; Ben's employment with this company has been one of our greatest blessings. He absolutely loves his job. How many people do you know want to visit their workplace while on vacation? Let that be a testament to how well they treat their employees and what a wonderful work environment they create. It was so rad to walk around headquarters where all of Apple's great innovations take place. To tour where visionaries like Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and so many more creatives have worked was beyond cool. Of course we couldn't leave without visiting Cafe Macs and the Company Store to load up on Apple merchandise.
After our adventures in Cupertino, we took off for Ben's Grandparent's Cabin in the mountains!
The drive was only a couple of hours, and we were greeted with welcoming arms by Grandma and Grandpa upon arrival. It was such a treat to be able to sit outdoors, snack and chat. Ben's grandparents are notorious for being completely hilarious. Between Grandpa's ridiculous jokes and Grandma's subtle comments we stayed entertained the whole time.
We took a much-needed 3 hour nap and woke up to a lovely home cooked meal. We spent the evening enjoying food and playing a game called Farkle. I hate playing games, I don't know why, they're just not my thing. Games are huge in Ben's family, so oftentimes I feel like I don't for in. However, Farkle is a game I could play for hours, which we did. We then went to sleep and I'm pretty sure we didn't move once through the night.
At the cabin there is no wi-fi or cell service at all. There is something cleansing about disconnecting from the outside world. I haven't done that for a long time, and it felt wonderful to have just not one quiet moment, but several. It was lovely to take a rest from it all.
We took a tour through the redwoods, then headed to Murphy's to see the giant gold nugget and grab some lunch. I only regret not taking any photos of the adorable cottages and B&B's with all their 4th of July decorations. It was straight out of a picture book.
We spent a few hours swimming in the lake later in the afternoon, and were once again served a lovely home-cooked meal for dinner. After another two rounds if Farkle we headed to bed. We needed the beauty sleep for a big day in San Francisco for Fourth of July!