Weekend Road Trip!!

I just realized I never posted this… a little late, but an amazing weekend none the less! This was about a month ago FYI-

Hey everyone, happy Monday!  The Engineer and I just got back from an amazing little romantic weekend road trip to the coast. My mom and mother-in-law ever so bravely took the three girls to Disneyland for the weekend. I know for a fact that we had two COMPLETELY different weekends! Bless them for all that they do for us!!

So, we headed out Friday after our morning workouts (for once we weren’t fighting over timing to go – normally we have to make sure one of us is home with the Kids even if they are asleep!) First world problem.  We loaded up all our gear, road snacks and got our nerdy NPR podcasts ready for the ride.  We left about 9am and our first stop was at 9:02am.  No joke. I made him stop about 2 blocks from the house for an iced coffee!  I wanted to be a happy passenger and I needed coffee.

Our first real stop was at Casa De Fruta.  It’s a mega store of dried fruits, candy, deli sandwiches, wine, cheese and even a fun zone.  Everything is Casa de ________.   Casa de Sweets, Casa de Choo Choo. Casa de Burrito, Casa de Carousel.  I’m not kidding – it’s pretty hilarious. It’s right off the 156 at Pacheco Pass and if you are with children – this is a perfect stop.

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I got a little snack of crystalized ginger, jalapeno cheddar almonds and chili lime almonds

For lunch we stopped in Santa Cruz for a quick bite and beer at Santa Cruz Ale Works. I got a delicious thai wrap to eat and german style lager beer.  Perfection.

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Our next stop was to Ano Nuevo State Park.  It’s right on Highway 1 about 40 minutes north of Santa Cruz.  We were basically at our destination, but we couldn’t check in for a few hours so our plan was to take a nice little hike along the water and stretch our legs before check in. We ended up walking about 2 miles and just soaking in the sun and ocean air – we tried to go further, but the 12 year old Park Ranger said there was too much “testosterone” on the trail so he turned us away.  I have no idea what he meant, but he was acting pretty serious so we didn’t push it.

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We headed to the Lodge around 4pm – Costanoa was the place for those that might want to try some glamping. (No, I did not make that word up. Glamour + Camping = Glamping) We were welcomed by a nice little glass of wine and the keys to our tent.

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This is it. Inside is a queen bed, 2 night stands with lamps, some hooks and a chair. No TV, no fancy pillows, no bathroom. Glamping at it’s finest.

We were able to read, take naps, sample local restaurants and exercise all on our own schedule.  It was AMAZING. We crushed some 7 miles in Butano State Park with 2,000 ft of elevation on Saturday.  My ankles felt the worst on Sunday – trail running takes so much more stability than the road.  My legs were a little sore, but I have never felt the aches I felt before in my ankles.

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Sunday we sampled some of the famous Artichoke bread from the Pescadero bakery and it was delicious!  Big, whole chunks of artichokes baked right into the loaf.  It was soooo good and a perfect breakfast.  We headed back home around lunch in hopes to beat the girls home from Disneyland.  We missed our three little’s, but it sure was nice to have some quiet us time too.  This was our second time to Costanoa and I think it will be one of our regular every other year destinations.  It’s good for us and location is good for the soul.

You can’t beat the unobstructed views of the ocean, the cool breeze and red woods at your door. California livin at it’s finest.

hwy1XOXO, Blake 

RV Life Part I – Casares Spring Break 2015

Our RV!!

Our RV!! Getting ready to load up!

We just returned from a glorious week aboard our 26 ft rented RV and I wanted to share some pictures from our trip!  We started at the central coast in Montana De Oro, then headed down to Carpenteria and finally to Newport Beach.  The first part will be mostly what I ate on the road.  I tried to keep my meals simple and as healthy and clean as possible.  I didn’t plan a strict daily meal plan, but I did purchase some basic items and have a vague idea of what we’d eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We made three stops during the week, so we were in each location for 2 nights.  I knew we’d meet up with friends/family for meals and some point and that we’d be eating along the way a few times, so I “planned” four dinners, breakfast every morning and 4 lunches.

Here’s some pictures of breakfast.  I had a few repeat mornings, but this is a good representation of what I ate.

Breakfast the first morning.  Turkey bacon, banana with almond butter, a hard boiled egg and coffee.

Breakfast the first morning. Turkey bacon, banana with almond butter, a hard boiled egg and coffee.

Breakfast of greek yogurt, granola and berries.

Breakfast of greek yogurt, granola and berries.

2 slices Ezekial bread, egg whites and avocado with a splash of siracha.

2 slices Ezekial bread, egg whites and avocado with a splash of siracha.

Oatmeal with bananas, almond butter and almond milk.

Oatmeal with bananas, almond butter and almond milk.

Coffee and a cup of Suja mighty greens were part of every morning as well.  For lunch we went out more than we ate in the RV.  We only made sandwiches a few times and had leftovers one day.  My favorite lunch spot was at Industrial Eats in Buellton, CA on our way to Carpenteria.

The girls got cheese pizza which had the sweetest whole tomatoes!

The girls got cheese pizza which had the sweetest whole tomatoes!

Eric and I got the n’duja, fontina, kale, pistachio pizza.  It was amazing!

Eric and I split the n’duja, fontina, kale, pistachio pizza. It was amazing!

We also got a few beers and the beet, hummus and spicy chickpea salad, but we ate it so quick I forgot to snap a picture!

Dinners were cooked on the campsite grill every night. True and seasoned RV’ers bring their own grills – we weren’t that sophisticated and I kind of loved it.  Granted, a little 3 burner or mini grill would have made dinner cook a lot quicker, but it was so relaxing waiting for dinner that I didn’t mind at all. A lot of foil was used each night – this was our most utilized kitchen item for sure!

Grilled grass fed burgers and grilled brussels sprouts in the packet.

Grilled grass fed burgers and grilled brussels sprouts in the packet.

Chicken kebabs with peppers, onions and mushrooms. Rice pilaf and spinach salad were brought over by friends.

Chicken kebabs with peppers, onions and mushrooms. Rice pilaf and spinach salad were brought over by friends.

Turkey burgers with sweet potatoes and corn on the cob.

Turkey burgers with sweet potatoes and corn on the cob.

Grilled chicken breast, zucchini and yellow potatoes.

Grilled chicken breast, zucchini and yellow potatoes. (I ate more chicken than this :))

While we were in Newport beach we ate one night at my sister-in-law’s house and took Uber our second night to Fashion Island for dinner and some Pink berry.  You can only eat so many s’mores!

Overall, eating in the RV was easy.  We had a pretty big refrigerator, lots of cabinet space and always enough outdoor space to relax and let the kids play while we prepped. We snacked on veggies/hummus, apples, trail mix, and chips. I wanted to eat like I eat at home since that’s when I feel the best and I feel like I accomplished that.  The daily beer(s) is another story…

I highly recommend an RV excursion with your kids before they get too big.  I can’t imagine sharing the same space with teens – our littles were the perfect size. We all had a really good trip and it’s one that will surely be a once in a lifetime.

Part II will just be pics of the kids and how we spent our days on the road!

-Blake