Later that day we headed to the Boardwalk and Pier in Santa Cruz. We learned about Sea Lions. It was wonderful to see these amazing creatures. We watched them "play" for a long time and actually went back the next day to watch them some more.
After that it was time for the boardwalk. No learning here, just fun!
Well, I guess we learned that chocolate covered bananas with sprinkles are great (or at least Zach really liked it)
And then the kids put their feet in the Pacific Ocean and learned that it was VERY cold.
The kids also loved hanging out with their cousins on the pier. As you can see from the pictures we all learned that when you are in northern California you should always carry a sweatshirt!
And they learned, or i should say we are always learning how to get along with each other.
Later in the week we saw a much anticipated landmark...Lombard Street.
We stopped in and saw a beautiful garden in the middle of the bustling city of San Francisco.
We learned about Alcatraz and that sailing on the Bay is frigid but a lot of fun.
We learned that Zachary will do anything for a laugh...wait, we knew that already!
We learned that Molly takes awesome pictures, oh yea, we knew that already too.
Zach and Paul take great pics too!
We learned about the Golden Gate Bridge and got to sail under it.
We learned all about Ghiradelli Chocolate!
And all about Ice cream with Ghiradelli chocolate---YUMMMM!
We learned about street vendors.
And then we took a tour of an old cargo sailing ship, the Balclutha.
We had a great time and it really was very educational.
The trip home was a completely different educational experience about maneuvering through multiple airports, and subways with 3 very tired kids and 10 bags as well as a stroller and 2 exhausted parents. But that's a story for a completely different post. Suffice it to say we are so glad to be home and so incredibly blessed to have had such a wonderful trip. We often talk about how God has spoiled us in so many ways!