Thursday, December 25, 2008

Cinnamon rolls

Christmas in Santa Cruz

Though we tried valiantly, we were unable to make it past Salem, Or. We returned to Santa Cruz via the 1 and have enjoyed a pretty fine Christmas here in the at times sunny, at times rainy, central California coast. Seen below, Mark and Cate open their gifts for each other (books! mostly cooking themed), make a Christmas themed cocktail using a frozen cranberry concoction (Granita!). We've got pork shoulder, white bean dip, mashed potatoes, Deviled eggs, cinnamon rolls, and a chocolate lava cake being worked on as we write. Also, awkward Christmas portraits!!! Christmas - woo-hoo!!!

Merry Christmas!

Preparation of the traditional holiday pork shoulder. Note Marks's
prize winning ugly sweater.

Cranita for Christmas cocktails (because we're far from home)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

San Francisco, CA

Westport Beach, CA

On the 1. Don't have to make another turn until our driveway.

Weott, CA

Fog beats snow

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


We made it to eureka! It's lovely.

Pistol River, OR

Coos bay bridge (again)

Reedsport, OR

Florence, OR

I-5 south

Heading back to California. More snow is expected in Portland. Chains
are required. And even if we were allowed to put chains on our rental
car, chains are currently sold out in the region. So we decided to
head south. We are pretty disappointed we won't be making it to
Seattle for christmas again this year, but are enjoying our tour of
the Oregon coast.

Still snowing in salem

Monday, December 22, 2008

Snowed in in Salem.

Coos bay, OR

Oregon coast

How the settler's must have felt

After driving all day through driving winds, fog, and (at times) torrential downpours, we arrived at Gold Beach around early evening. After a lovely dinner, we partook of a bit of John Hodgman's Information before settling into sleep. Upon waking up, we were greeted by the glory of an Oregon coast in the morning. Majestic clouds, ferocious waves, and a quaint lighthouse shone forth.

Inn of the beachcomber

Gold Beach, OR


Gold Beach, OR

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Redwood highway

Benbow, CA

Entering Hopland

San rafael bridge


It's raining.

Return of road trip live blogging

San jose. 49ers vs Rams on the radio. Scintillating. The stadium has
been described as a mausoleum and the official just made the best
tackle of the game.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008


We decided to take the leftover bottle of wine from Monday's
celebration out for a nice steak dinner

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I should not be allowed to look at



molly beth