Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Little Trip and Some Goodies I’ve Found

The family and I decided to take advantage of Spring Break and head out of town. Since I didn’t take any pictures of our trip, I thought I would just tell a little about what we did and show some pictures of some of my recent finds.  So, just to be clear, the pictures in this post have nothing to do with our trip.  Just saying.012

We started off on Friday with a visit to “Duck Days” at the University of Oregon Campus.  My daughter, who is a junior, is very interested in going there for college, much to her parents dismay.  Let me explain, we are both Beavers.  In case you are unfamiliar, what that means is that we both graduated from Oregon State University, U of O’s rival.  It was a little difficult walking around the beautiful U of O campus.  We kind of felt like traders, but this visit wasn’t about us, it was about her.  We are excited that she is excited about continuing her education at such a great school only a mere 2 hour drive from home.

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After that, we headed south, driving through some really stormy weather.  Both rain and snow and I mean, a lot of snow.  We ended up in Vallejo, CA to spend the day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.  That was the plan, but when we woke up and looked out our hotel window at the soggy day, we decided to make a “Plan B” and that was to head over to the Jelly Belly factory for a tour.  This turned out to be a lot of fun and I would highly recommend it to folks of all ages.  By the time we were done with the tour, the rain had let up and we headed to the park where there were absolutely no lines.  We went on rides first and saw dolphin and whale shows.  I was surprised how large and varied the park was.  Kind of a combination amusement park, zoo and aquarium all in one. We all had a really good day.

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The next day we drove even further south down to San Francisco and spent the day on the Wharf and did the Alcatraz Island tour.  It was probably one of my favorite things we did on our trip.  The boat ride, tour and just the island itself was so interesting and the story behind it, just fascinating. What I found the most interesting was how tiny the cells were.  If you are ever in the San Francisco area, I definitely recommend this tour.004

Day two in San Francisco was spent site seeing.  We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge.  Explored Golden Gate Park. Spent some time checking out the shops on Haight Street.  My kids loved this amazing record store there.  I on the other hand, loved looking at several vintage clothing stores.  The stores and their merchandise were wonderful; the prices, not so much.  Very high.  After the Haight area, we drove back to the wharf,  caught a cable car to China Town, had a yummy lunch, wandered through China Town which was so cool, then walked back to the wharf.  We then stopped at Ghirardelli Square for a little dessert before heading back to our hotel. It was a really fun day.

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The next day we headed for home, stopping in Medford, Oregon to spend the night and break up all that driving.  By Thursday afternoon, we were home and as always, I was so happy to sleep in my own bed.  Since then, I have been Miss Lazy, watching Netflix, doing a bit of laundry and a tiny bit of house work.  Kids have Monday off and I’ll be heading over to check out my mall spaces, but I really need to get my rear in gear and work on some serious projects I have planned for Farm Chicks.  I’m getting super excited about my fourth year being a vendor at this show.  If you are even remotely considering coming, I would strongly suggest you do.  It is so worth it. But then again, I am only a little bit prejudice about it.

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I hope you enjoyed hearing about our little trip and seeing some of my recent finds.  I’ll be back on Wednesday with a White Wednesday post on a couple really cool white finds.  See you then.

11 comments:

Christa from Chloe Rose said...

I have always wanted to take the trip out to Alcatraz. History and old things, in general, just fascinate me.

I love all of the old glass knobs that you found :).

Blessings!

Christa

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Sounds like a good trip...despite the rain. We did the jelly belly tour a couple of years ago - great tour. Totally know what you are talking about with the U of O/OSU thing...but hey, I let my son be a BEAVER! QUACK!!! See you soon....

Florence said...

Sounds like you had some great family time. Hugs! Florence

Andy's Attic said...

What a fun trip!! You really packed a lot into it. I've wanted to do Alcatraz, too.....now even more! Your finds are super..love the little lamp shade.
Annette

Into Vintage said...

Oh, San Francisco ... :-) I thought the Alcatraz tour was really interesting too and the views of the city from the island are pretty incredible. See you soon ... I have lots of show questions for you. :-)

Karla said...

lisa, you find the best stuff! i keep hoping you will start selling online☺
♥karla

Tete said...

Great finds! Love it all and the cabinet pulls are always fun. Glad you had a fun time!
Hugs- Tete

A Cottage Muse said...

Happy to hear that you had a fun trip! Loving your new sparkly treasures!

Lisa of Lisa's Little House said...

Oh, pretties galore...thanks for sharing and so happy you had a fun trip...San Fran is on my list...one day!
xxoo,

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun! I would love to see Alcatraz. Jelly Belly sounds like fun too! Of course that Giradelli dessert break sounded great too! Thanks for sharing all your great goodies too!

Debbie

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I can't wait to see your latest finds....nice running into you! Have a wonderful Wednesday!