California is a big state.  We drove, and drove, and drove, and we were still in California.  But, it is spectacular!    And in an effort to get this travel blog a little more up to date, I will now present a photo montage (with commentary) of our journey through central and northern California.
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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.  Air Force 1, the Berlin Wall, miniature White House.  The Library is being remodeled, so some of the exhibits were not open, but overall a neat experience.  Max and Joe particularly enjoyed the motorcycle exhibit that was on display.

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with a piece of the Berlin wall
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feel the love...
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Then we drove up the coast...not just any coast...Pacific Coast Highway!  What beautiful scenery!  Unfortunately, I was not feeling too hot for most of it - if you've ever driven this stretch of highway,  you know what I'm talkin' about!  Most of you would probably agree that Joe is a pretty good driver.  I obviously think he's the BEST, as I trust my life and the lives of my children to him on a daily basis.  BUT I will report that there are a few new dents and dings on the Bus as a result of the narrow road and sharp curves on the PCH.  :)

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Nutmeg loved the beach
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We finally got some sunshine! We stopped at Shell Beach in Pismo Beach, and then further up the coast we stopped in Calabria. Cute town! We were quite the spectacle, as usual, in our Big...Red...Bus.
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Next we visited Watsonville where Tina's Aunt Sandy and cousin Bobby live.  Bobby grows apples and organic strawberries.  He took us on a tour of his fields, and we went to the strawberry fields where they were picking and packing them.  His strawberries are sold in Arizona Trader Joe's!  We picked some off the vine and ate them on the spot!  We also took a flat of them with us. 

Bobby asked me what kind of apples I like, and I said "Red Delicious".  He told me I was "old school"!  He said I need to eat Fujis. 

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We spend the afternoon at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.  It was a gorgeous sunny day and it wasn't too crowded.  The kids rode a few rides, and I tried to avoid all the delicious smelling food.  Joe indulged in garlic fries, in spite of our diet, and I think I could smell it (him) for 3 days! 

Along the way, we parked at a few Walmart's...free and nobody cares if we run the generator (it's loud).  See Emily's posts for more stories from Walmart!  There will be plenty, I'm sure.  Oh, and I'm not even sure when we were in Eureka...but we were there.