Sunday, July 26, 2015

Davis trip report

The weekend was pretty fun as my family went on an overnight trip to Davis. I know we just came back from another trip last month, but Dad had several thousand Hyatt Gold Passport points that were close to expiring. I'm certainly not complaining!

Day 1

Our first stop was the Petaluma Marina. Seeing that it was almost noon when we arrived, the three of us had lunch in the car before taking a look around. The only thing of interest was an office complex with a handful of shops, but we still had a great time taking pictures.

Mom had been wanting to go to Bodega Bay for a while, so that's where we went next. Despite the relatively short distance, the drive took longer than expected due to traffic. The reason for coming to Bodega Bay was to see some of the spots where The Birds was filmed. Our previous visit here was around 20 years ago. Can you believe how fast time flies?

This was followed by dinner at an Indian restaurant in Vacaville. The food was super spicy but otherwise delicious. We checked into the hotel before going for an evening stroll on the UC Davis campus. A major attraction of the university was the arboretum. However, my parents and I decided to come back the next day as it was getting late.

Day 2

The morning started with a tasty breakfast at the hotel, after which we returned to UC Davis to see what the arboretum had to offer. The gardens were beautiful and had all kinds of plants. The lack of crowds made this a pleasant experience.

The next destination was the Budweiser factory in Fairfield. We've passed it many times but never had the chance to check it out until now. The tour was informative and included beer samples. This was definitely the best part of the trip. The plan was to visit the Jelly Belly factory as well, but we changed our minds after finding out it had no tours on weekends.

The final stop was the local WinCo Foods for groceries. While I didn't see that many interesting snacks this time, Mom bought lots of soy milk and flour. We began heading home at this point as my mother didn't want the soy milk to go bad in the heat. The smooth traffic allowed us to get home fairly early - which is probably a good thing, considering that I have to work tomorrow!

Conclusions

This trip was quite enjoyable despite being just one night long. The highlight of the vacation was the Budweiser factory tour, although the UC Davis Arboretum comes a close second. I didn't know the campus could be such a lovely place. It's not often that we go on more than one trip during the summer nowadays, so this was nice for a change. You can view pictures from our trip at Flickr.

In other news...

Happy one-year anniversary to my cousin Connie and her husband Luc!

Currently listening to: "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey

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