We traveled about 5 hours I think north toward Paso Robles and arrived about 10pm that night in time only to check into our hotel and fall in bed. The next morning we had breakfast and went on to his brother's house to see the others. His brother Dan and his wife Jan are great hosts but I don't think we ever had a conversation with either of them in the time we were there. They were so busy.
Lunch was at their daughter's home and after lunch they had planned a scavenger hunt in which teams were pre-selected according to age I believe. The location was in the town around the park. It lasted at least 2 hours and probably more like 3. I pooped out after 1 hour of intense walking since I was not in shoes that were appropriate for exercizing/walking. The scavenger hunt ended at a coffeehouse and this was the best part since it involved hot coffee and cocoa.
The next thing was back to Dan and Jan's for the evening meal of lasagna which is kind of traditional for this family. The program that followed was a video of the children of the family in costume doing a live nativity.
This included donkeys from daughter Melinda's place where there were all kinds of animals as well as donkeys. There was no speaking but gestures used for each of the actors. It was cute but serious too.
I think James enjoyed seeing his family very much. He could go out more often since he can fly free when I am not along but he does not like to go without me. He flies free because one of his sons is a pilot but when I go we always pay full fare for both of us so we can fly together and he not on space available and me paying which may put us on different flights. I would not go if we had to go on different flights.
The following morning we left for LA and drove back the scenic route through Santa Barbara and the Pacific Coastline. It was a much better route than Hwy.5 up through the breadbasket area of Ca.
Returned the rental car and spent the night in hotel again, leaving the following morning at 9am for home.
Flight was packed due to Christmas. Smooth trip home.
Got home to find out one of my grandsons is sick with swine flu and pneumonia. This was a rude homecoming and took any benefit of 4 days away away instantly. We would welcome your prayers for him.