California Trip Days 10-11: The Drive Home

Our drive home to Beaverton, Oregon from Santa Cruz, California would be 700+ miles so we planned to split it up into three days so we could do some site seeing. Back in the day we would hop in the car and drive straight 700 miles straight through to visit Carla’s family. Heck; in college my friends and I would leave the College of Idaho campus after our last final and drive 800+ miles overnight to get home in southern California.

But we don’t drive nonstop like that anymore. We like to see things along the way. Our plan was: Day 1 to Chico, California; Day 2 up to Grants Pass, Oregon; and home on Day 3. Well, that was the plan; like our July trip, we had to change a bit because of wild fires and smoke.

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California Trip Day 9: Monterey Bay Aquarium

We had one more trip planned before we headed home on Friday August 13: Monterey Bay Aquarium. Carla and I visited there with her parents back in the 1970s and we’ve wanted to return ever since. We thought the grandkids would love the aquarium and we were right. We bought our tickets a couple of days ahead and headed out semi-early for the one hour drive.
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