Heat, country music and poor air quality is what my hometown is probably known for best. Over the past week I have been reminded why I love my little spot in the Golden State so much! Bakersfield might not be the most idyllic location but within a 2 1/2 hour drive you can be at the beach, in the mountains or L.A. In the span of a week my kids where able to experience exploring the creeks and woods of Sequoia National Forest and then dip their toes in the Pacific Ocean.
During the Memorial Day weekend I went with my dad and the kids to my grandparents cabin. It was their first visit to the mountains and they loved it! They went fishing (no hooks, but don't tell them), hiking and exploring.
Then on Thursday after a few quick loads of laundry I packed up the kids again and headed out with my mom to her place in Morro Bay on the central coast. The kids spent a great day at the beach, and the next at an amazing children's museum.
I even got to make a quick visit to Birch (fabricworm) for some new patterns and fabric. I also found some fun vintage patterns at a yard sale. It was a great week, but nothing beat the feel of everyone sleeping in their open beds when we got home!
Just so you know this is not an average week for me and the kids most of our days are spent at home. The main reason for all this adventure is that this my husbands busy season. For the past 20+ days straight and probably for the next 20 days he has been working 12-14 hours a day making sure that delicious blueberries into their little plastic home. It makes for some looong days here at home, so a little time away was just what we needed.
It was great to get away for a few days without the stress of planning for a real "vacation"(flights, luggage and all of that). It may seem that these trips away from home would make me want to ditch the streets of Bakersfield, but in fact they made me all the more grateful to live where I do and where i get to visit.
Do you have any places that you like to visit that are within few hours drive?