We had planned to spend Memorial Day weekend up at our property with Kevin's family. But new snow and cold weather up there prompted a last minute decision to road trip to California and spend some time with the Moats family instead. I'm sure this decision was influenced just a bit by the fact that we wanted to try out our new Subaru Outback on the open road and we are happy to report that the car did great. (32 mpg on the trip home...a nice tailwind helped).
On Saturday we decided to spend even more time in the car and drive 3 hours from Tehachapi to the Morro Bay area. It has been years since I had been there and a first for Kevin and Henry. We started our day by doing a hike along a rocky coast covered with Elephant Seals. It was really cool because the area was not roped off and you could walk right up to them. There were hundreds of them and they were fascinating to watch. The picture below makes them look as though they were dead, but they were just enjoying an afternoon nap.
The boys had a fabulous time crawling around the rocks and getting right up close to the Elephant Seals swimming and finding starfish and sea urchins. It was one of the neatest things we have seen.
Cousin Max with a starfish
Sea Urchins ( I think...and I used to want to be a Marine Biologist)
Kevin, Meg, and Henry on the rocky coast (Elephant Seal in the background)
Henry on Papa's shoulders and Max on Christian's shoulders
Jack, Shelby, Max and Henry on the trail
Nana and Papa
Max, Henry, Shelby, and Jack showing off their muscles. Shelby is so good with the little guys, she will make a great pediatric nurse.
That evening we had a wonderful meal at this quaint little cafe off the harbor at Morro Bay. The food was FANTASTIC and the company was even better. It was an evening I will remember for a long time.
It just goes to show that a last minute change in plans can be a blessing. We had a great weekend. And I'm sure we will make it up to the Proper-D at some point this summer, if it will ever stop snowing.