Family Adventures : West Coast USA Road Trip Pt. 1
Hello there! I have been trying to sit down and write this post ever since we returned from our family Summer adventure on 1st September. That's over two months ago! The biggest reason I haven't managed it is because I have been 'home sick' for the West Coast ever since we got back.
Twenty years ago I made the first trip of many to San Francisco and felt something so special, not only in that wonderful city but up and down the coast too. It was many years later that I made it all the way up to Oregon but I knew on that first trip I just had to go there one day.
Two years ago I got to take my eldest with me on my USA book tour and then the following year I took Stef. He loved it too and this year we were lucky enough to take the whole family. And yes, we all loved it very much indeed. To share somewhere you love with the people you love is all the more special.
Road Tripping With Kids
For our whole trip we had two and a half weeks, and we started and ended it in New York. It was our first long haul flight with four children, so we wanted to make it a little more manageable, so breaking it into two parts was really helpful. It also meant we could squeeze Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History into our trip!
It also gave us all a great perspective into the size of the United States when we flew all the way from NYC to LA.
In LA we picked up our car, which was going to take us on a big adventure across to Yosemite, back inland to San Francisco and then up to Portland. I cannot believe that we totally forgot to take one single photo of our big white car!
Our kids are brilliant travellers and they really loved the road trip. Some travel days were a little too long and if we are lucky enough to do it again we'll definitely go for an extra week, so we can have more stops but I love that we've all had a taste for the West Coast and that we got to see so much in the two weeks we were there.
The trip was definitely an exciting adventure and not are relaxing holiday. But it was simply amazing and a time that brought us even closer together as a family. It has left us all with a bigger sense of adventure and wanderlust.
First Stop : Huntington Beach & LA
Our first stop when we arrived on the West Coast was to travel down a little way south of LA to Huntington Beach to see a very special friend of mine, Emma.
Emma and I sadly lost touch after University. And then one day I received an email from someone called Emma asking if I was the Emily she had lived with at Uni! She had found me through searching for online photography courses! It is seriously the best thing ever to have come out of Makelight! For a couple of years we have been emailing each other and I was so excited when I got to tell Emma that we were coming to LA and could come and see her!
For me, it was the most special part of the trip and the way our children played together was just a dream come true.
It is for reasons like this that I love the internet so much!
Imogen got to have another go at surfing and the boys got to body board in the Pacific Ocean. What a way to start our adventure.
And we also stopped off at the California Science Center and saw the partial eclipse of the sun and a real life space shuttle. Mind blown! xo
Later this week I will share Part Two and our adventure to Yosemite, San Francisco and Dillon Beach.