We're in Seattle. I drove a lot. We're having fun. Delete that, you piece of shit.
I apologize in advance, my phone doesn't let me make paragraphs.... After bidding adieu to monterey, we headed north with a quick stop in Santa Cruz to check out the boardwalk before heading to San Francisco. So far, this was our favorite city of the trip! The views of the city are gorgeous. We did some shopping in the mission district, where Alison got a couple of dresses, then we had a pastry lunch at the famous tartine bakery. From there, we drove across the golden gate bridge and back, stopping to check out the amazing view of the bridge and the city from the lookout point. After that, we headed to haight/ashbury to see some hippies and do some more shopping. The thing that made San Francisco shopping better than Los Angeles shopping was the lack of chain stores. Each shop was fiercely and proudly independent, and had its own unique style. Lastly, we journeyed across the bay bridge to have dinner with my aunt Ida, cousin Evan, and his boyfriend Robb. They chose an amazing vegan restaurant and wine bar called encuentro. We ate tapas style, and every single thing was fantastic. during the day, we picked up six more CDs, bringing the total to 25! We've been picking them blindly out of the bag and have gone through 16 so far, so hopefully these new additions will take us through the rest of the trip (though we're missing out on the classic road trip sing alongs by always having new music on). Tomorrow, it's off to napa valley footer wine tasting, and then the redwood forest!
Day two was amazing. Started out in Hearst castle, then headed up the Pacific Coast Highway. It seemed like every bend in the road (and there were many) brought another stunning view of the mountains and ocean. We stopped several times in the Big Sur area to get out and take pictures before heading up to Carmel. We ate delicious Mediterranean food in Carmel, browsed around the art galleries and little shops, then went to the beach. Lastly, we headed up to Monterey for dinner with my aunt Roxie, uncle Bob, and cousin Andy. We went to a delicious French place, where we happened to be seated next to actor/director Rob Reiner. From there, it was back to the condo to meet up with my other cousin Aaron, and then a well needed nights rest! Heading up to the bay area in a bit, sad to leave this gorgeous town and great company.
So I made a whole long post last night, and for some reason, only the picture came through. Here's the short version. Wedding was awesome, Ryan and Donna put a unique stamp on the festivities. Pacific coast highway is amazing; every bend in the road brings something fantastic. Santa Barbara is gorgeous, and the food is delicious. We listened to 7 of the 19 CDs we bought during our amoeba shopping spree.
More to come later...
Having a blast in sunny southern California!Saw the grand view from the top of the Griffith observatory, then had dinner and drinks with friends on Thursday.Friday, we took a tour of the city, had lunch with a friend, sampled some delicious food, then came back to spend time with family at Ryan and Donna's rehearsal dinner.So far today, we had some fatburger, took a tour of downtown la, and went on a shopping spree at the legendary amoeba music!Now it's time for the wedding!!
We're going on a road trip, and wanted to blog about the trip. 

Oh yeah, that's right! We already have a blog!!! Let's make our first post in three years!

Tomorrow, we head out to the west coast for the second leg of our "See The Country" tour (better name pending).

First up is three nights in Santa Monica for my cousin Ryan's wedding. Then, we slowly but surely work our way up the Pacific Coast Highway until we fly back out of Portland.

Check back for updates from the road!