Three years ago, we all got our passports with the intention of going on a trip. Thomas was 2 at the time, so his passport was about to expire, and remembering the production to get them, I wanted to go on a trip before that happened.
So… we booked a trip on a Saturday with our air miles, and flew out 5 days later. I was booking hotels at 4:30am on Wednesday while editing and posting baby photos that I had taken that day, before leaving at 5:30am to drive to Victoria. Yes, I know that was an incredibly-long run-on sentence… and that is exactly how the time was spent from the day we booked, till the day we left. We packed anything and everything into those 5 days (but I left the ”packing” until about 3:30am.) If you know me well, you know that this is just how I roll. Last-minute-Niki-Flynn they call me. So, when we actually got to the airport and got on that plane, it felt amazing.
We have travelled so much with the boys across the country, but we have never really taken a ‘family vacation’ before. This was exciting. We had big plans. We made them in 4 days! haha! All kidding aside, this trip was incredibly exciting for all of us and we had been dreaming about it since Thomas was 2.
We flew out of Victoria on a direct flight to San Francisco - which was so great. A little over 2 hours and we were there! We boarded the train to the rental agency and afterwards Thomas repeated “Please hold on. Please set luggage cart breaks to on.” about a million times (and still does it - so cute!) They loved the train ride… it was very exciting for them.
We rented a small SUV for our trip and politely declined the GPS unit. We’re both good navigators! We are handy with a map! Have good spatial awareness, and can find our way around! We did however accept the upgrade to a larger vehicle which surprisingly had a GPS in it. The guy came down to check on us while we were loading up, and said, “Hey, I thought there was a GPS in here.” I think he felt bad for us and knew that we needed it. And oh boy, were we EVER thankful to have it. We LOVED our GPS lady, and the rental guy, who knew we needed her. It made our trip a million times better - and even helped us to find the closest IN-N-OUT a couple of times!
The plan was this. Fly into San Francisco, then spend a day or so exploring there. Then, drive down the coast to San Diego, visit Legoland, the Zoo and Disneyland, then head back to San Francisco for our flight home.
San Francisco is a beautiful city. We had our first dinner at the Rainforest Cafe, and the boys loved it! What an amazing place! We stayed right in Fisherman’s Wharf and spent our first day there. After our super yummy lunch at the Boudin Bakery, where Thomas had “the best pizza ever” and we watched “Hot Disco” walking around, we hopped on a tour that took us out into the bay. We went under the Golden Gate bridge, past Alcatraz and then back. It was a beautiful day, and everyone was so friendly and kind to us.
At the end of the day we just drove, looking for a hotel. It was dark when we found one, but we were just so happy to settle in. When we woke up the next morning and went down for breakfast, we were blessed to have an incredible view. We had stumbled upon a hotel that was right on the beach. We watched a surfer, found a dead (little) shark, got splashed in the bum by huge waves, and got salt water splashed in our faces - well Owen did. I didn’t have my big camera on the beach with me, and for a second it drove me crazy… then I just ran down and splashed in the water with my boys, and was thankful not to miss the fun because of my camera. Both Andy and I had a camera on this trip, which is nice because I am actually in some of the photos.
Our little Ford Flex and the coastal road behind us that we set off on.
We live on the west coast, and I’ve never seen anything so beautiful. I wanted to stop at EVERY pull-out!
Santa Barbara was so beautiful!
We Flynns love a good roadtrip. So much to see and do. Some more of my favourite photos. There sure are a lot of them. I will be blogging an entire post about Legoland, and one more about the rest of the trip. Thanks for being here… I hope you enjoy them! :)