A Holiday in Pictures

I’m baaaaaaack.

I hope you’ve all missed me tremendously and are breathing a collective sigh of relief.

It turns out that it takes one almost 2 weeks to get over a 2 week holiday so sorry about that. The good news is that Monkey and I are back into our groove and ready to keep on keeping on with life. Hooray! He didn’t even hate me momentarily on my return. He was just super happy to see me and has been an absolute delight ever since I returned.  Someone suggested that maybe he thinks he needs to be good so I won’t go away again!! That breaks my heart a little so I hope not but at the same time I’m enjoying the good behaviour.

I thought it might bore you all to tears if I gave you a blow by blow account of my holiday. It’s pretty much people you don’t know and had to be there jokes. So instead I thought I’d tell you my holiday story in pictures. Who doesn’t love pretty pictures I ask you! So here they are. Enjoy!

I arrived in at LA airport on the Tuesday morning at the same time as four of my friends. It was awesome having folks to meet up with. We immediately picked up our car and hit the road for San Francisco.

There's a fair bit of nothing along that highway.

There’s a fair bit of nothing along that highway.

I look like I am awake in the middle of the night after flying all day because I was. What a hottie.

SAN FRANCISCO BABY

SAN FRANCISCO BABY

This is actually my second trip to San Francisco and it was just as awesome as I remembered it. We had two full days here before other peeps arrived (yes there were more peeps!) so we did what any self respecting Australian does in America and shopped. And we shopped some more. And we did a little sight seeing and shopped some more.

We saw cool stuff like this.

The famous tram and Chinatown in yet another city

The famous tram and Chinatown in yet another city

I bought the world’s cutest apron. Check it.

One must try before one buys

One must try before one buys

We also went to a piano bar and got drunk and sang our hearts out. Best. Night. Ever.

Ladies and gentleman...THE PIANO MAN

Ladies and gentleman…THE PIANO MAN

Damn we rocked that joint. Staying up half the night really helped with the jet lag so YAY for fun times. They CAN be good for you.

Post night out we, of course, had hangovers. Some stayed in bed for the better part of the day but S and I decided food was in order so we went to this cutesy pants American Diner. I remember going to this place last time I was in town 14 years ago. It’s still there and still cute.

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Finally others arrived, including my adorable brother who lives in Vancouver. I miss him. Can you tell?

Love this guy.

Love this guy.

Then it was time to hit Napa and celebrate the birthdays. My friend K was turning 30 and my brother 29…on the same day! So it was quite the celebration.

Check out our villa.

NIce digs eh?

NIce digs eh?

This is my beautiful friend K. Love her.

Happy 30th gorgeous lady

Happy 30th gorgeous lady

We started the day with Mimosas and ended it with cake.

Birthday love

Birthday love

We eventually made it to a vineyard and some of us even went rock climbing. I stuck to buying expensive bottles of wine (ok just one) for my 40th birthday. If you are a wine snob you probably like my choice.

vineyard

Eventually the fun had to end which really sucked as it was the one time we were all in one place. It was so nice to be with some of “my people” again. The people who just get me and know me. We laugh at the same jokes and like to talk about the same crazy stuff.  There is either no silence or comfortable silence and never anything awkward. It was truly awesome.

There was more fun to come though. At this point a few other split off and the rest of us (7 people – the cats) road tripped it to Vancouver. That’s 1500km people. It took 2 full days of driving. Have you ever tried to organise a toilet stop with 7 people? Takes FOREVER. My bros girlfriend called it herding cats and she was right on the money.

It was fun though. And we didn’t do too badly for 7 people in a confined space for 2 days in a row. We saw some awesome sights along the way like the gorgeous redwood forest and a beautiful sunset over the Pacific…where our sun rises.

True beauty right there

True beauty right there

Once we hit Vancouver we saw so many beautiful things. One of my favourite things about this trip was that we traveled Fall which is very different to our equivalent season (Autumn) in Australia. The pictures speak for themselves.

View from Stanley Park (L) and Granville Island and its killer seagulls (R)

View from Stanley Park (L) and Granville Island and its killer seagulls (R)

Red and orange trees. Love them.

Red and orange trees. Love them.

This is by far my favourite photo of the whole trip…taken in Stanley Park. I’m going to get it put on a nice big canvas for my house. I think it will look amazing in my kitchen.

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While there we also did our bit for eating the local cuisine.

Poutine and beer. Living like kings we are.

Poutine and beer. Living like kings we are.

Did I mention I’m still trying to shift the 2kgs I put on while on holiday? Well I am. But let’s not talk about it.

Sadly we couldn’t stay there forever so I bid my brother and his lovely gf a tearful goodbye and we hit the road again.

Final photo. Boo.

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This time our little traveling group was down to 3 as we lost 2 others to further trips in Canadia. So it was car to Seattle airport (as it’s cheaper to fly within the states) and a plane to Denver, Colorado where we visited our friend K again. We wanted to see where she hung out when she wasn’t hanging out with us.

I’ve never been to Colorado before so it was pretty cool to see the sights. It was also super beautiful with pretty red and orange trees EVERYWHERE and leaves all over the ground. Like this.

Pweeeeety

Pweeeeety

We spent some time kicking the leaves around. 

And we also went to see an ice hockey game!

Hockey has a new fan!

Hockey has a new fan!

We scored! It’s crazy!

We also met K’s absolutely gorgeous mum who traveled 7 hours from Los Alamos, NM to meet us. What a doll.

And then before we knew it, it was time to go home (for me and my friend S anyways). The day we were leaving I packed and then promptly burst into tears. I was so sad to be leaving the same continent as my brother and my wonderful friend and also rather overwhelmed that I was now so close to being able to see Monkey again. It is so unfair to have so many people I love so far away from me. But that is life and I love where we live so I can’t change it. Life simply has other plans for us.  Thank god for skype is all I can say.

Here is our happy reunion pic.

I love this kid more than I can ever say.

I love this kid more than I can ever say.

And all is right with the world again.

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43 thoughts on “A Holiday in Pictures

    • Awwwww bummer. We actually only flew in and out of Denver. My friend lives in Fort Collins. We were only in town for a few days so safly didn’t get to go elsewhere. I’ll be back though! Many more beautiful things to see!

    • Thanks! I just use the camera on my phone which is the Samsung Galaxy S4. Next time I will also take a digital camera. The phones obviously don’t have optical zoom which makes it tricky for scenery photos. Still, the phone goes alright!

      • It’s SO much fun! I don’t blame your brother a bit for spending time climbing!
        How was your running while you were there? I hear it’s a really great running city!

      • I did a run in San Francisco but then didn’t manage anymore after that. Combination of too many late nights and not enough time when on the move. I’ve paid for it though. Got back and did a run the next day and REALLY struggled. Pushed myself on the next one and pulled my glute so I’ve just had a week off from that and started back yesterday. Too it easier and things went well. I think I’m (finally) back in the saddle!

    • We did! Hence the need for a holiday post holiday 😉 Put too much into my run last Mon and pulled my glute 😦 So after another week rest to recover I got back into it yesterday and it went well. Phew! How’s it going with you?

      • I started week 8 today – and I almost made it the full run! LOL. I did stop one minute early, but still, I’m super amazed at myself. It was almost 6-1/2 miles on the elliptical, so I always cut that in half when I’m thinking about real world, so technically, I bet by the end of the week I’m ready for a 5k! I have to go buy new work out pants (mine are too big now) and a shirt… but I think I’m ready to take my run outside… I’m so sorry you pulled a muscle!! 😦 That’s awful! but I’m glad that yesterday went better!!

      • Awwwwww thank YOU! Yeah I was going to say something about it in my comment to her but I was commenting on my phone that time which makes it all the more difficult so didn’t get into it. I’m glad you did!

  1. What a trip!!!! It’s fair to say the ENVY was huge reading this post. But so glad you had a great time. I lived in Vancouver for a year back in 1999 and I dream of going back one day. And I really want to get to San Fran too. So many places, so little time and so little $$$$!!

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