We woke and began work on separate things. Brooke and the kids (but mainly Brooke) packed up our stuff and bags, while I stayed on the computer and worked, putting in a good couple of hours. Once we were both complete, we headed out of our San Francisco vacation home and toward Sausalito and the Marine Mammal Center.
The Marine Mammal Center was interesting to see how they kept the sick and young seals and sea lions, but you could not get very close. Brooke had really wanted to touch and interact with the sea lions. We spent some time exploring and watching the seals and sea lions and learned that they were planning to release 13 of the animals back to the wild today. The kids picked out some souvenirs and we adopted one of the sea lions as a family.
We headed out from the Marine Mammal Center and started to make our way to Yosemite. It was back through the main parts of the city into the financial district of San Francisco (which, by the way, isn’t the easiest place to take a recently potty trained 4 year old when needing bathrooms right away). We were reminded of the enormous amount of people and cars in this city, and just how hard it was to get around and find parking, especially with a large Ford Expedition throughout this city. We were literally happy and sad to be leaving the city at the same time.
We continued over the Bay Bridge into Oakland and out east. Another stop at our favorite fast food place in California, In-N-Out Burger, was our lunch stop. We made a few pit stops on the way into the mountains and our next vacation home. We encountered a steep mountain climb with some fantastic cliff views off the side. Brooke was a little nervous as we made our way the last 6 miles, but we finally made it into the town of Groveland, CA and to the very large lake neighborhood of Pine Mountain Lakes. We checked in at the security gate and made our way to the vacation house in Pine Mountain Lakes.
It was quaint, and stuck in the 70’s. From the wall decorations to the blankets, nothing had changed since the 70’s and early 80’s and none of this had come back in style yet.
We were disappointed to see no Washer and Dryer, Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal as well, but we reminded ourselves of the cost of this place (very low). Also, no cell service and no internet service and it would stay that way for the rest of our trip.
It was after dinner time and we were all getting hungry, so we decided to head back into town, but every attempt to visit places to eat did not work out. Some were closed and some just had too long of a wait. So, we headed to the local grocery store to get food for our stay and something for dinner. To say that we were creative for dinner throughout this stay would be an understatement. Pasta and butter, grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly, eggs (in every way possible) and even a spaghetti and cheese pie creation from Brooke. We stayed in the rest of the night, unpacked and went off to sleep.
This is day 5 on our California Road Trip Summer 2016. Make sure to check out the entire trip!