Monday, February 8, 2016

California Trip, Thursday (the last day)

So Im finally getting around to finishing up my post from our California trip.  (sorry)
So I woke up Thursday morning , December 24th, with a bad migraine. It was about 4am.  Its not unusual for me to get a migraine, so I took my migraine medication along with  800 mg of Motrin. This usually knocks my headache out and in about  1 1/2 hours and then Im good to go. But 2 hours later and I still felt really bad. It was more than just the headache.  So I took Tylenol too.  Even though I felt nauseous, I decided to try to go down and eat some breakfast.   We go to get on the elevator and my side was hurting really bad. It felt like someone punched me in the ribs.  As I was telling my husband and daughter this, I lifted up my shirt and saw a rash, a small red spot and a black spot in the middle. Now if you are older, and have lost your near vision like me, I couldnt see it very well and I was thinking I had shingles. It was in the correct area, right along where that nerve runs. But my daughter said it was a tick. Great.  So we went back to the room and tried to remove the tick.

I know you wanted to see my side with the tick in it. This might have been after we tried to remove it and we pulled the body off and its head was stuck in me.  Great.   So now we needed to find a doctor. Because  A) the head was stick in me and B) I felt horrible and it must be from this tick.  Im not sure how I got it.  I took a shower every day.  The only thing I could think of, is maybe it was on my rain gear and I used my rain gear everyday.  So it must have got to me that way.  I figured I picked it up in the redwood forest.
We did try to eat breakfast but I felt to sick to eat. So when the urgent care opened, we went on over.  My temp was only 99.2 but I think if I hadnt taken all that Motrin and Tylenol , I might have had a fever.  They numbed me up with lidocaine and it took a lot of effort for the guy to pull that dumb tick out.  They did give me a 10 day course of Doxy, since I felt so bad.
Great start to our last day there and we needed to go back down to San Francisco that night and check into another hotel near the airport. Our flight out Christmas day was at 6am.
I was still feeling really bad. Good thing I pack a couple of pain killers. I brought them just in case someone got hurt. I took one of those. Boy did that help. I dont think I could have gone sight seeing , without it.
So we decided to go see a winery, since we were in wine country.  We chose to see a winery that looked like a castle.  All the pictures looked cool, so off we went.  The rain continued on and off that day. It was cold too. But we did have periods of sunshine too.

This is called Castello Winery.  It was first build by the owner, so he could look out from his home and see a castle, just like his home country. But then people kept wanting to visit it, so he decided to open it and make it a small winery.



They do not sell any of their wine at stores. You can only buy it directly from them.


 First you get a tour of the castle. It was very interesting. He had all the stones and everything imported from Italy. They didnt use cement between the stones. They used the same ingredients they would have used many years ago when they built the real castles.


 For $10,000 you can buy our own keg of wine.

They made the castle a real castle , so there was  a torture chamber.  And the history channel came and filmed a documentary there.
There is a big dinning room that  a part of the movie "Bedtimes Stories" was film  in.  I think you can rent out the castle for weddings and parties. Im sure it must be pricey.  After you finish the tour, you get to do your wine tasting.  I didnt really want to taste any wine but its part of the tour and  you still have to pay. So Stephanie and Lou split my share.


It was fun and Im glad we went. We did buy 6 or 8 bottle of wine to bring home to friends and family.  As we drove back to San Francisco, we pasted winery after winery.   It was already dark when we got to the next hotel.  Nothing exciting.  The person in the room next to us was very noisy. At 2am there was a knock on their door and the person said, "Room Service".  Stephanie thought maybe the person was doing some role playing. LOL  They were very noisy. Of course we had to get up at 3:30am, to get ready to leave for the airport.
Nothing to exciting happened. We got home around 5pm, in time to celebrate Christmas with my son.


This was the view from our hotel room that night.  You can see the rain coming.


As of Jan 31st, this is what my tick bit still looks like. Im not sure why it wont heal.  I opened it up, on Jan 31st and clean it out. I think maybe the guy didnt get all t he tick out. It looks a little better now.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

California Trip, Wednesday

Wednesday we decided to go back down to San Francisco  because it was going to be the only sunny day of the trip. We wanted to see San Francisco in the sunshine. This picture above, I think was taken at the end of Tuesday , when it wasnt raining.  It looks really nice on my computer but of course when you load it to your blog it seems to loose something.

We got there early but not early enough to see the sunrise. We stopped at this park that is high up and over looks the Golden Gate Bridge.

We road our bikes down that road under the bridge on Sunday.


 There is a beach down there. It was high tide right now so we decided to come back later tonight to go down to that beach.




We left here and went to another park, I think it was called Crissy Field. This is where we took the picture below.


Then my daughter was to see the Full House , house. So we went there.



I guess these home owners got tired of being the  "Full House" house and painted it, to loose the effect.  My daughter was very upset.

Then we went to the park where the film the opening scene.

 We parked here in the white car. Lou is talking to a guy who worked on several shows, can remember which ones. (Not a actor)

Some nice guy , who lived on the street, first asked us if we spoke English. LOL  Then told us to turn our wheels the way the rest of the cars have their wheels. The parking police come buy all the time and write 80.00 tickets for people who dont have their wheels turned in.

Then we went over to the this beach and there is a restaurant called the Cliff House. I wanted to eat lunch there.


The Cliff House is that white building to the right.  Isnt this beautiful.
What you cant see to the right, inside the rock area, is a guy taking a bath with the sand and then sometimes water. Not sure if he was living there.  And then later and another guy went to the bathroom near the rocks.







No sure what this wind mill is about. But its neat looking.




Then we had more time, so we hiked up this hill.


This is another park, I guess.

This is what is at the top of the hill.



Cool looking trees.

Then on the other side of the road, it another park or maybe its all the same park. Who knows.








After this park, we went to eat in the Cliff House.

I cant remember what we did after this.

Then we went back to the park above the Golden Gate Bridge. We tried to walk down the the beach, but it was getting dark and we turned around. (I think it was getting dark there starting at 4:30pm.)

You can see the beach down there.

We stayed here until sunset. So did a lot of other people.  The place was packed!!!  Lou dropped me and Stephanie off and went off to another area.



 I saw this guy walk up this "path", and it didnt look to hard. So I had Stephanie and I walk up it. Ooops, it was steep. We shouldnt have done it. Lucky we didnt fall.


I took this picture from the car, while we were waiting in a huge line to leave the park.  The line moved up one car, but we didnt move because I was trying to take the picture. The person behind us got pissed and started hooking the horn. You couldnt go anywhere, there was still a huge line. There was one car length in front of us. What is wrong with people. Ugh!!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

California, Tuesday of trip

Tuesday we decided to go see the big redwood trees. You know the huge trees. Ive always wanted to see them. We got up early and drive about 2 1/2 hours up the the Avenue of the Giants.

Here was the sunrise that morning We had hopes of sunshine.  ( I took this from the car , on the way up to the Redwood forest)

On the way there, we saw a sign for the "Drive through tree". So we stopped at this place.

It cost money but not very much. I think $5.00.


It was a tight fit and we had a small car. When we were getting ready to leave, this person with a truck came up.  I really didnt think they could get through. We didnt stick around to watch.





Yes, it was raining again.

Then we went on to the Avenue of the Giants.  This place was beautiful and impressive.  So quiet.  I really wanted to go hiking through the trials but my family didnt seem to want to.

See how little the cars are.





None of the pictures I can take, can actually show you how amazing this place is.




If you watch for the the guy in the road on the left of the road, at 23 seconds. It will give you some perspective of how big the trees are.








Stephanie wanted to sit down next to this one tree , for a picture. Good thing she looked before sitting.

Dont do this, its probably how I got a tick. 





The Avenue of the Giants is 30miles, but we didnt go all the way to the end because we wanted to go to the coast. There was a beach there called the Glass beach. And we wanted to see it.  So several more hours in the car to the coast. The road there is twisty and vomit inducing. So if you have any chance of getting car sick, take Dramamine.  Twenty miles of hair pin turns and 360 degree turns. Yes turns that folded back on themselves.  Turns so severe that the GPS thought you were making a turn. So thought that you were done with this road but nope, just a severe turn.
Anyway we finally get through it, we come out to Hwy 1. The senic  highway everyone talks about. Its in a lot of movies.




Yup, this is what we see.  Great, all this way and all this money, flying to California, and this is it????  I was so upset. 




We keep stopping at different places, hoping to see the beautiful coastline. Ugh!!  Nope fog and rain. 



This beach looked cool and I saw a path to get down to it. My family thought I was crazy but the finally agreed.






I think this picture was worth going down there.  The beach reminded me of the black beaches in Hawaii .

Another rain storm coming in.

We finally make it to the Glass beach.





This place must be so pretty when its sunny. The sun was trying to come out. So I took off my rain gear. Mistake!!

This is the beach. Its made from trash that people use to dump here many, many years ago. Of course you cant do that anymore.  And the waves and the sand, have crushed and polished all the glass.


This picture is Stephanie's picture that she shared with me.  Now you can really see the stones/glass.
 You aren't suppose to take any of the rocks with you. But of course we saw people leaving with bags of sand. So Im sure, in not to much longer, there wont be a glass beach for anyone else to enjoy.









 Then the storm came back and we started for the car.
 The only wild life we saw. Well, my husband saw some elk on thew way up to see the Redwood trees. Then I saw another one and asked him to stop , so I could get a picture. He said, "No , there were be lots more to see and you can get a better picture". Yea, we didnt see anymore elk.  LOL
There were suppose to be seals at the beach but I guess the weather was to bad for them.
 We ran to the car and all got soaked. So we road home, for several hours , all wet.

The ride back to the hotel was rough. This time, instead of 20 miles of twisty road, it was almost 50 miles.  The road we were suppose to  turn onto, after the twisty road, was closed due to flooding.  Ugh. We were all  not happy campers.