I shared the third part of our trip recap on Monday, and I'm so excited to wrap up the trip today. I mentioned last week that our day on the wharves was my favorite day, and it really was. I loved being by the water, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of all those people. I felt like that day included a huge majority of my favorite things, and it was so good for my heart and for our family. But, the day I'm sharing today about the day that was a verrrry close second favorite: Redwood Forest Day.
As I mentioned Monday, we attempted to go explore under the Redwoods that Saturday, but several things came up that prevented it. And, I was super bummed! I thought I'd have to wait ANOTHER whole year before getting to finally see these famous trees. But then! (Cue the Hallelujah Chorus) Alaina was told that there is another grove of Redwoods (note: these are California Redwoods (ie the very tall, perfectly straight ones) not the Giant Sequoias (the really fat ones that you can drive a car through--these ones, as I understand it, are still several hours further north) in Oakland, just 20 minutes down the road! So, Kyle, the girls, and I had a slow, leisurely Sunday morning that included pancakes and singing "Happy Father's Day to You!" to Kyle (if you've never heard it, it sounds remarkably like the birthday song). I tried to do a cute little quiz with Afton that involved recording her answers to questions about Kyle, but, instead of saying cute and funny things in answer to "what color is Daddy's Hair? And how old is Daddy? And what is Daddy's job?" etc, she just ran into the room where Kyle was hanging out and asked him the answers to all of the questions. I kept telling her that she didn't have to check with Daddy, that I wanted HER answers to these questions, but she just looked at me like I was out of my mind and calmly explained, "No, Mommy. I'm going to ask him." So, we ditched that plan and just settled with the song. ;)
We called Kyle's dad and wished him a happy Father's Day, and Kyle spent some time speaking his dad's love language (literally speaking it...they talked about techy things). Then we went for a walk on the trail that ran behind our house. Afton loved running and seeing everyone's dogs out for a walk, and Kyle and I enjoyed looking at the houses in the neighborhood (this is a hint to future news, by the way...and no, we're not moving to California). We wrapped up the morning by packing a picnic, loading up in the car, and driving to Redwood Regional Park in Oakland. We called my dad on the way to wish him a happy Father's Day, and we made a quick stop at the SF Giant's dugout store in Walnut Creek (the Giant's are my dad's favorite MLB team, so, since we were in San Francisco for Father's Day, I naturally bought his gift from the dugout store).
Then we spent a glorious afternoon under the Redwoods. And, it was amazing. You'll see from the pictures I'm sharing below that Afton had a blast (and got quite dirty). The park was beautiful; just trees everywhere with these little windy trails twisting through, and, even though there were a lot of people in the park that day, it felt so still, so serene. The busy streets of Oakland were the borders of the park, but it felt like the heart of the wilderness, and it was glorious. Enjoy the pictures!
We wrapped up the trip on Monday by going to the zoo and playing in the Pacific Ocean for a bit (the zoo is a block away from Ocean Beach), but I didn't really take pictures that day because we were too busy having fun and enjoying all the sites. :)
So tell me? What's been the highlight of your summer?