San Carlos Hometown Days is an annual event that my children look forward to every year. There is a hokey parade that has more people marching in the parade than actually watching the parade. There are bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, bungee/trampoline jumping, a zip-line, food from local restaurants, booths with exhibits about local causes, an art competition, the school district librarians sell used books, and more. I walked with my kids in the parade this year. It was fun, but with the exception of the group right in front of us, I missed the whole parade. It was fun to see a few friends along the way, but next year, I think I might just watch. I want to see the fire trucks and the marching bands. Everyone loves a parade!
We decided against going to the Mountains to play in the snow for Spring Break, because there wasn't much snow left. And we thought maybe a "staycation" would be nice. The turning point came when our daughter came up with an idea for a day trip that was not popular with Mom & Dad. So on Monday morning at 10:30 Dad was checking the weather and hotel availability for Pismo Beach. Both looked good, and so two hours later, we were in the car on our way to Pismo Beach. The hotel turned out to be in a great location, right on the beach, and they had make-your-own waffles at the included breakfast. The kids were in heaven. The weather was great, the crowds were light -- we had Spring Break at an odd time -- and we had a great couple of days. We left on Thursday as the rain was rolling in.
Times are so different from when I was a kid. It's fun to see these 5th graders stretching their wings a bit with an unaccompanied trip downtown. I'm sure I did things like this when I was much younger.
"Look what I can do!"
To get out of the house, we went for a walk, and ran into some friends at the library.