Adventure to California, Part 2Posted by Rachel on January 9th, 2013
It was sunny and relatively warm as we headed from Sacramento to Santa Rosa. Rick and I both felt giddy from seeing all the green, the palm trees, and the sunshine. We made a quick stop at the Jelly Belly Factory, but opted to just buy some jelly beans instead of waiting over an hour in line for the tour. As Rick said, “What are we really here for, anyway?” So we filled up a few bags with the gourmet jelly beans, and we got back into the car, with only about an hour left to our trip.
We arrived in Santa Rosa and waited where my parents were staying until they got back from tux fittings. After they came back, everyone except for Epiphany, Rick, and I took a dip in the outdoor, heated pool. It was a lot warmer than what we were used to in Idaho, but I wasn’t quite warm enough to commit to swimming. Everyone else had a blast, though.
Soon, it was time to get ready for Isaiah & Amy’s dress rehearsal. We arrived a little early and hung around outside until the doors to the church were opened. The Tuckers were there, too, and the cousins played together while waiting.
I did some test shots during the rehearsal, since I would be taking pictures of the wedding the following day.
Then it was off to In-N-Out Burger, then back to our resort in Windsor, which is just a few minutes past Santa Rosa. It isn’t really OUR resort. Rick’s mom has WorldMark points and let us use some in order to stay there. It was really nice!
The morning of the wedding, there was a beautiful sunrise. I snuck out while everyone else was still sleeping and snapped a couple shots.
We spent most of our day with the Tuckers and my family. We had lunch together, then headed to the pool and hot tub. This time, I braved the waters because Epiphany really wanted to go in. It was actually not as bad as I thought, and everyone had a lot of fun. We swam until it was time to go back and get ready for the wedding.
I got there early to take some pictures of Amy getting ready.
And then, my brother got married! I am so happy for him.
I’ve learned a few things after taking pictures at a wedding. 1. Don’t wear high heels. 2. Don’t wear a dress that constricts your ability to get from place to place quickly. 3. Don’t take your kids with you. Of course, this was my brother’s wedding, so I wanted to be all dressed up, and of course my kids were going to be there. But if I ever photograph a wedding again, at least I will have an idea as to what to wear. No heels. I was pretty tired by the end of the evening, but it was well worth it.
The next day, we headed towards the California coast. We’re a bit landlocked here in Idaho, so I was craving the sight of the ocean. It was pretty beautiful. The kids loved playing in the sand and exploring for hours.
On Sunday, we headed back home. Thankfully, our trip back was much smoother than our trip there. All the roads were clear, and there was no requirement for chains on the pass. We made it as far as Winnemucca on Sunday night. Isaiah and Amy were driving back in the same direction, and they stopped in Winnemucca as well. We were able to have breakfast with them on Monday morning before heading back home. This was the view from our motel door on Monday morning.
We got back in Boise by mid-afternoon on New Year’s Eve. It was a tiring, but good trip. I wish it could have been a little longer! I hope to go back to California again someday. It is beautiful there.