Weeks ago! I know! I am extracting myself out from piles of finals studying, packing for moving, and graduation planning in order to write this post and get a little caught up on things. While I probably should be finishing up my study guide for my last (ever!) anthro class, I'm going to instead take it back to memorial day weekend, when I was in the mountains, away from all of this hubub.
Since V had Monday off from work, we decided to head up north to my grandma's for the long weekend. We left Santa Cruz around 3:30 p.m. and spent the next 8 hours listening to podcasts, finding out we got our apartment(!), and singing loudly(me) to music. We got in pretty late and managed to set up our tent before crawling into sleeping bags. Unfortunately Shadow managed to pop a sleeping pad in the first five minutes and the rest of the night was pretty uncomfortable. Hallelujah for hot coffee and bacon in the morning.
The rest of the day was pretty low-key. I took an amazing nap in a hammock, did some reading, and enjoyed relaxing with everyone. After dinner, my brother ended up setting up a campfire for s'mores. It was really nice to sit around all together and hangout. There was a lot of effort put into dodging the smoke, but the s'mores were bomb.
The big plan for Sunday was to go to the lake. We packed up the dogs and everyone around 11 and headed out. We managed to find a small little beach away from the crowds and proceeded to plop down there for a bit. The dogs were all about fetching their toys from the water. It was so fun to watch them swim for it! Shadow was definitely not as elegant as Max or Jep, but he got the hang of it after a while.
It was really special to be able to spend a few days with my family. We were in such a beautiful location, and I really enjoy being able to unplug for a few days and live without phones or internet. It's a little underrated these days. We headed out early on Sunday before 8:30 and spent the following 12 hours in the car. It was pretty brutal. There was some traffic near Vacaville and Paso Robles, but otherwise it was a steady drive, just incredibly long. Obviously we were pooped by the time we arrived back in Santa Barbara and managed to get in a short walk with Shadow before crashing.
Huge shoutout to my grandma for having all of us, my aunt Glenda for taking all the photos, and to everyone else for making it such a lovely weekend!