Sunday, July 25, 2010

back from Ukiah

Just because summer break is over doesn't mean the fun is. Case in point, my family just got back from another short trip!

Day 1

We were just a few blocks from our house when a garage sale caught our attention. Dad pulled over so we could see what was available. Though I saw some nice stuff, there wasn't anything we needed. It wasn't long before we decided to leave.

The next stop was a small plaza in Santa Rosa. I wanted to look around after lunch in the car. The place wasn't that big, although we enjoyed checking out Borders and Cost Plus World Market.

Our car wouldn't start when we got back to the parking lot. Dad called AAA and was told the battery had gone kaput. To save time, he accepted the offer to have a new one installed. There was actually a Lexus dealership just around the corner, but we took the AAA guy's word that his service was cheaper.

Ukiah was just an hour to the north. The plan was to go hiking in Smithe Redwoods State Reserve and Richardson Grove State Park after checking into our hotel. That was what made our last trip to Ukiah so much fun. However, my parents and I had trouble finding either place. I later realized my memory was wrong - the parks are located near Leggett rather than Ukiah. Oh well.

The three of us went to Denny's for dinner before visiting the nearby Wal-Mart. Other than that, the evening was uneventful as there wasn't much else to do.

Day 2

The morning began with a stop at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talmage. This was our first time here in several years. We participated in some of the activities before joining the other practitioners for lunch. To support the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, my family bought some vegetarian food and made an additional donation as we left.

The plan was to visit Point Reyes next, but our GPS kept giving us wrong directions. That went unnoticed for over 30 minutes, after which we decided not to turn back due to the high overhead. On the other hand, my parents and I stopped at a roadside oyster bar on our way home. Price aside, the oysters Rockefeller was delicious. The day ended with a nice dinner at the Szechuan Taste Restaurant in San Francisco.

Conclusions

The trip was supposed to be three days long, but we shortened it to two days due to the lack of attractions. Despite the change in plans, all of us had a great time. Speaking of which, the afternoon snack at the oyster bar was my favorite part of the trip. Sometimes it's the little things that matter the most. You can see pictures from our vacation here.

In other news...

Dad recently got an Olympus SP-800UZ digital camera. The 30x zoom and 14 MP resolution are amazing!

Currently listening to: "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel

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