Summer Vacation

There’s usually two schools of thought when it comes to summer vacation. It goes eternally slow or it zooms by like Elon Musk’s hypothetical hyperloop. For the first time since my kids started school, I fall into the later camp. Maybe it’s because we’ve had a revolving door of family visiting us for the last six weeks. Maybe it’s because my assignments for work this summer have included the Supreme Court’s decision on Prop 8 and the Asiana Flight 214 crash at SFO. Or maybe I’m like  this mom and in the sweet spot of parenting kids who (mostly) can use the bathroom by themselves. It’s probably a combination of the three, but I’ll take it.

While at times it can be absolutely exhausting entertaining family members who are staying at your house, I do truly love taking my family to see some of most magnificent sights of my adopted home.

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Asking foreign tourists to take your photo in front of the Golden Gate Bridge really never gets old, and neither does traipsing through Muir Woods.

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It helps that the hike is relatively short, flat, and my 3-year-old nephew is like the Energizer bunny, who keeps running, and running, and running.

Taking them to places we’ve been to time and time again really makes me appreciate it even more, like the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, which is about 40 minutes away from our house.

What's that Daddy?
What’s that Daddy?

Sure it’s freezing, and you risk life and limb navigating over wet, slippery rocks, but it’s all worth it when you see something like this

Sea Anemone
Sea Anemone

and your middle child shows no fear sticking her finger into the middle of the anemone.

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Northern California beaches do have some drawbacks, namely having to dress in warm layers and braving what can be gale force winds, which will pelt sand in your face, giving you the most painful exfoliation on the planet.  That may be why Ali and Erin decided to embrace the sand, even though it took days to get all the sand off their bodies.

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As I’ve scrolled through the photos on my phone and computer I now see why this summer has flown by. We’ve done everything from road tripping to Sonoma and Monterey to catching multiple Major League Baseball games in San Francisco and Oakland, not to mention a couple of summer camps, swimming lessons, and swim team in between.

Its been a very good summer vacation so far. Very good indeed. Let’s just hope the last month goes by just as quickly as the first two months.

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