We left San Francisco at 1:30, and attempted to drive straight home. By 9:30 we began to get tired, and McKinley wouldn't stop crying. We pulled off the freeway to get gas, and I spotted a Mobil station. I told Marty we could totally fit, he insisted we could not, and I said, "no really there is enough room." He pulled in and we got stuck for 30 minutes. We blocked the entrance, Marty was pulling forward then reversing, then forward again. We looked like total idiots! Once we got ourselves out of that mess, we went up the road a bit further and found another gas station. I got on the RV Parky app and found Flying Flags RV Resort was .2 mile from where we were. McKinley wasn't about to settle without laying down in our bed, so we drove to the RV park to sleep for the night.
When we pulled in we were greeted by Craig. He is such a nice man. He was so helpful. He showed us all the spots available in the park on the map, and even helped Marty navigate into the space after registering. We were a bit nervous as we have never pulled into an RV park in the late night hours, but it worked out fine. We are so glad we stumbled on this site. It's very peaceful, clean, and it's only 4 miles from Solvang. The facilities here are very well done and newly remodeled. I highly recommend this park!
This morning we woke up and decided to stay another night. Marty felt like he needed more rest, we love this RV site and I wanted to head into Solvang to get some cheese and beer for my dad's birthday. My parents brought me to Solvang as a little girl. I remembered the cute town once we arrived. We all got t-shirts from Del Sol, wine from a winery, cheese & beer from Vanhus, and a danish from the Solvang Bakery.
We had lunch at Andersen's. The pea soup (what they are known for) was delicious. After, we came back to the camp site to get some rest and hit the pool. Devlin and I went swimming and played Connect4, while Derek, Marty and McKinley rested. Tonight we are planning to sit by the campfire and roast marshmallows. It's been a really stressful trip, so we head home early in the morning to return to our lives. Derek has freshman orientation on Thursday, and I have a lot on my plate as high school season is about to begin.
In September Marty, McKinley and I will take the trailer to Oasis RV Park in Las Vegas for the Durango High School Volleyball Tournament. The casino's are a bit too smoky for the baby, and we aren't big into gambling. It should be another great adventure. Derek and Devlin will be back in school, so unfortunately they will miss this trip. We are so grateful for the time we were able to spend as a family on the road. This has been an incredible experience for our family.