Our final day in Paso Robles was pretty laid back. I intended to take more photos, but only got a few. In the afternoon we went and had lunch with someone I'd known from high school (we actually went to kindergarten together, then lost touch until high school), and it was nice to see a familiar face on the road and catch up over some delicious food and beer. We had promised Halle a trip to the park afterwards, but by the time we were done eating and grabbing a few groceries, we needed to get Nolan back to the campsite for a nap.
Lucky for us, he fell asleep in the car on the way back, so I sat next to him with the truck door open, while Brett and Halle went to enjoy the pool. Once Nolan was awake, we went over to join them.
I loved seeing Halle trying to swim. This trip has brought out her imagination and sense of adventure, and it's been so wonderful to watch.
We enjoyed our long stay in Paso Robles, but the next day we were off driving down to Castaic. We picked this as our next step as it was about halfway between where we were and San Diego. It also stopped us just north of LA so that we didn't have to hit LA traffic after a long day of driving.
Once we were set up we ran out to get some groceries and then enjoyed dinner back at the resort. The next day it was time to get out and enjoy ourselves. We considered heading into the city to see some of the LA sites, but even if you took our giant truck and the dogs out of the equation neither of us were too excited to do the "celebrity" thing or spend time in a huge city. Instead, we opted to do our own thing. We started a little late, so we headed to Ben & Jerry's first for "Free Cone Day". No cone's in sight, but we were each happy to get a small scoop of ice cream - even Nolan had his own personal dish.
Afterwards, we were off to Castaic Lake Recreation area for the afternoon. We enjoyed walking the paths on the gorgeous day, but had a ball finding and playing at all of the different playgrounds in the area. We all got in on the action, including Nolan who is a huge fan of the slide!
Once we were all sufficiently hot, exhausted and hungry we headed back to our campsite. We played bubbles, rolled around on the grass with the kids and just generally enjoyed our last night at this particular RV Resort. It was so nice and quiet, and hard to believe we were so close to LA.
The next day we made the long drive to San Diego. We made it pretty much a straight drive down, got settled into our site at Santa Fe RV Park and then had a late dinner with Brett's sister and her fiancé at Cafe Coyote in Old Town San Diego. I mean, when in San Diego you need to eat delicious Mexican food, right?
Thursday we turned into a day of old favourites. We had a slow morning, grabbed some groceries then headed back to the trailer to pack a lunch before heading to Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego. We had visited it frequently during our first stay last February and we knew that Halle and Nolan would really enjoy themselves there.
After a couple of hours of play time we headed down the street to Seaport Village so Halle could ride the carousel. When we arrived no one else was around, so I decided to ride with Nolan as well. I'm so glad I brought him on - he adored it and squealed with excitement the entire ride.
Friday was a day for new adventures. We started our day off at Hash House a-Go-Go for breakfast and ate way too big breakfasts (which came home with us for breakfast the next morning as well).
Nolan was happily eating fruit and baby food until our ridiculous coffee's arrived... then he thought we were having ice cream without him and screamed in disapproval that he wasn't getting any!
Afterwards we wanted to give the kids some time for them, so we headed to Mission Bay Park to play at the playground and take the pups for a little walk. It was a perfect afternoon to be there.
Seeing them play together is the best! She was crawling under the swing and he was going crazy giggling (I'm happy to say I got it on video)
As I wandered along with Nolan in his stroller I thought about how happy I was that everything has unfolded the way that it has. If Brett hadn't been let go at work, we'd still be doing the same old, same old - which is fine and all, but we were much happier spending our Friday afternoon at a beautiful park in San Diego with the kids.
When we had all had enough sun, we packed up, headed back to the trailed and took a walk down the street to the Karl Strauss Tap Room for some beer tasting.
We drank a bunch of delicious beer, while the kids had some snacks. Nolan was overtired and a little fussy, so I walked him around the patio and store while Brett picked and enjoyed his beer. At the end of our visit we got two growlers filled and a tank top for me, then headed back to the RV Resort.
It was a laid back Friday night at Brett's sister. We ran by the grocery store then went to their place to make them dinner and hang out - it was the perfect laid back Friday night.
Our weekend was fun and busy, so I'll save our last few days in San Diego for another post! I wish we could go back already....