07 July 2015

2015 Road Trip | Day 12: California

My parents and I are hitting the road this summer for a three-week road trip out west. Our main purpose is to deliver furniture and other belongings to my oldest brother, Kevin, who recently moved to Washington for a job. We'll be doing some extra sight-seeing along the way, as well as making stops at other family members' houses. This is the day-by-day record of our 21-day road trip.

If one were to label this day, it would be named "Planes and Surfers," because that just about sums up what we saw.

We started off by walking along a path in Millbrae, California, right along the water and with a great view of the runways at San Francisco International Airport. The water, however, was extremely low, so it wasn't the prettiest of walks today. It was a tad smelly with lovely views of soggy mud and excess trash, tires, and other miscellaneous items that somehow made their way into the bay. It was truly a great view of the airplanes, though. We were able to watch dozens take off and land, using all runways. There were a lot of giant international flights, like 747s, whose massive size were only realized when juxtaposed to an average-sized plane.

After the "Planes" portion of the day, we headed back to Pacifica to lie on the beach, where we fulfilled the "Surfers" segment. The beach we went to is home to the world's most scenic Taco Bell, built right on the beach so people can walk right up and order. Anyway, it was a little chilly out, as the bay area usually is, so we had no desire to get in the water. Instead, we sat in the occasional grazes of sun, watching beginner surfers take on the waves (we were told this beach was known as being a beginner area for surfers; I did not label them as such myself). For the multitude of surfers in the water, there only seemed to be three that regularly were able to get up on their boards. We found great amusement in watching one family of a mom and three kids (the oldest being a girl and two younger boys). The mom and daughter spent most of their time

trying to catch waves; the middle child was boogie boarding most of the time, though he did try his share of surfing; and the youngest, who was probably about 5 years old, stayed closer to shore where the waves crashed to boogie board. We laughed, because the 5-year-old seemed to catch more waves than either of his siblings and his mom. His name, we gathered, was Parker. So, if there's a famous surfing prodigy named Parker in a few years, perhaps we'll be able to say we've been following his success since the beginning. 

Dinner tonight was a delicious steak with risotto (my personal favorite), with the biscotti we made yesterday for dessert. Tomorrow, we'll set out for San Luis Obispo, where I look forward to climbing mountains and hitting up the beach some more.


  1. Nice video, Melissa. The Bay is kinda ugly when the tide is out, huh. But the nice shots of airplanes taking off and landing is nice. Your brother and I get paid to watch that, normally. Isn't that nice to know? :-) And then there are the surfers. I don't remember being so many back in the day. I wonder if the older surfers are frustrated with the crowds now. And that Taco Bell used to be an A&W when it first opened. And it was very cool, too. A very unique design.

  2. Didn't it look like that one 747 swallowed the Southwest 737 toward the beginning of the video?

  3. Your video makes me miss Burlingame and the Bay Area. I like to say that E, M, and N learned to ride bikes on that bay path. It was one of the places we often took them to for bike riding when we lived in the 3rd floor condo on El Camino (not conducive to bike-riding in the neighborhood).