When Nel turned forty, she always wanted to take an elaborate trip to Europe, but things don't always turn out the way we plan, and instead she took a grand California camping road trip, and she called it Califortieth. I shared some of the time and pictures with you when she visited me in the mountains, but she went to many other great places before. Jess and her family joined her, and there were some interesting sites they saw along the way. These were taken at their first stop.
The next camping spot
On their way to the Humbolt Redwoods campground, and I love this picture of Renecke and Nel by the fire pit.
Nel has read so many books in her lifetime that I thought this picture suits her.
At the Waterfalls
Jess taking a picture of me taking a picture. ; )
I'm glad they were able to climb down to the rocks at the base of the Waterfalls. When you look up, it's magnificent!
I LOVE this picture and want to frame it someday. Francesca is looking through all my jewelry and trying everything on.
On their way back, they stopped at beautiful Carmel. This is somewhat of an expensive area, but one must visit here when in California.
This is the garden and pathway to the Thomas Kinkade Gallery.
I have always loved his art, and have a painting above my mantel that looks wintery with all the snow.
Nel bought this pen with the birthday money I gave her. She was journaling the whole trip, and the two pens she brought ran dry. She was so glad to buy this pen so she could record the rest of the trip.
Here's Mia at the restaurant eating caviar for the first time. Nel didn't think she'd like it, but she LOVED it and asked the waiter for more. He thought that was so funny and brought her a second helping. Nel told me, "baby has expensive taste." haha
After Carmel, Jess and Brian took a detour and went to Santa Cruz, an area that holds a special place in their hearts. While I love the mountains, they long for the ocean, and here is Francesca surfing with Papa.
Well, that's some of the happenings on Nel's Califortieth journey. She said it really was a lovely time all around.