We woke in the morning with the luxury of not having to worry about making it to breakfast in time, like we often did when staying in hotels. We also didn't need to worry about leaving late, because we had a set departure time of 1 p.m. Surely, with a departure time that late, we would make it in time. (We did.)
Upon leaving my uncle's house in Sacramento, we headed toward San Francisco, where my mom's parents live. Traffic on the interstate was incredibly slow again, though, so I navigated my dad through some back roads by farms to avoid traffic. We made great time on those empty roads (I don't think Californians realize they have back roads), driving by several sunflower fields and a large windmill farm. We eventually got back on the interstate to cross the bay, and we got to drive across the newly reconstructed Bay Bridge, overlooking Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge (though the stereotypical fog hazed that view).
We finally arrived at Nonnie and Nonno's house, where we watched USA beat Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final with a whopping score of 5-2. After the game (priorities), we ate a delicious dinner of cutlet, spaghetti (with homemade sauce), caesar salad (with homemade croutons), broccoli, and caprese salad, which is actually a small meal compared to what Nonnie usually serves. The traditional after-dinner espresso followed, with other family members from the area stopping by to join us. The comforting sounds of multiple conversations between Italians across the table filled the house.
I'm not sure what's planned for tomorrow, but I'm hoping it includes a trip to the beach if the weather is nice enough.