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Thursday, March 13, 2014

San Luis Obispo Trip

We took advantage of the 5 hour trip by making a bit of a vacation out of the State Meet weekend.  

Our tour started very early Friday morning, trying to make it to Monterrey to check out the tide pools.  We arrived a little later than planned, but still saw a few neat things.  

 We were a bit too early for the light house, maybe next time.
 Next we headed over to the natural history museum.  

 After lunch and a bit of wondering, we headed over to Dennis the Menace park to get out some energy. 
 Having a bit of a treat
A bit of school time Friday afternoon

 On Saturday we started our journey to San Luis Obispo, stopping at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero. It wasn't very big, but had some great exhibits.  There was also a great park where we ate lunch and the boys played for a bit. 

 Once we were in San Luis Obispo, we went to the Mission and walked around the area a bit. 

 We stayed 2 nights at the KOA in Santa Margarita.  It was nice, a bit hilly so the boys didn't enjoy riding their bikes, but found some kids to play with on the bounce pillow. 
Here's our first cabin, it was infested with red ants, so we asked to move so we could enjoy our stay.  
They were very accommodating and it helped to be there in the off season. 
 After the meet on Sunday we headed back to downtown San Luis Obispo for a yogurt treat.
 Then it was off to Avilla Beach for boogie boarding and hanging out.  We found a rental shop so the boys could have wet suits and hit the waves.  
Ty was in and out of the water as he gets too cold.  Once we lured Cody into the waves, he never came out!  They both had a blast. 

 Taking a kite break....

 Sunday night we had a fire and s'mores.

 After breakfast on Monday we packed the truck and started for home.  
We had passes to visit the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda. 

 San Fransisco

 We took a docent tour up to the control deck that was really great. 

 Then we headed below deck to see the living quarters, and other areas of the ship.  
Here are all the different planes that launched off the ship. 

 The Hornet recovered Apollo 11 & 12 at the end of their missions, the boys enjoyed this part quite a bit. 
 The astronauts were put into quarantine for 25 days after each mission to protect earth from "moon germs."  This was the back up for 11 & 12 and was used for mission 14. 
 Walking on Neil Armstrong's first steps back on earth. 

We can't wait to go again when we have more time.  

Overall we had a great trip.  Sleeping was a bit slight most the trip, but we all caught back up pretty quickly. 

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