Day four was a sad day, only because we had to go home finally. If it were up to me we would have stayed on vacation for at least another week! We weren’t prepared for a beach day, probably because of the last minute packing, or the fact the it was winter, but we headed to the ocean anyway. Hard to resist when you can see it from your hotel window! We first grabbed a quick breakfast at our hotel, since it was free, and then off we went.
We sat and watched the water for a while, but some of us were really excited to get a little closer.
Since we were wearing regular clothes and it was freezing cold in the water, most of us limited ourselves to toes in the water only. Some of us got a little more wet than others, though.
And some of us enjoyed the water more than others…
After a couple of laps up and down the beach, lots of wet toes, and a few sandy butts, we decided to get back on the road. We were about an hour from home if we drove straight up the freeway, but we decided to take the long way and head up the Pacific Coast Highway.
Well, down Pacific Coast Highway, rather, because we took a detour and headed South first! We were thinking of going to the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, but realized we didn’t quite have enough money for that if we wanted to stick to our budget. Instead, we grabbed some drive-thru burgers and went to the UC San Diego campus for free, then wandered around until we found one of the Terry Allen Trees.
The one we found is the singing tree, though there is also one on the campus that talks and recites poetry. My husband went to UCSD for a hot minute before going to UCLA (go Bruins) so he knew they were there, but didn’t know the precise locations. The kids enjoyed dancing to the music.
Because of the huge Marine base, you can’t drive straight through to Orange County from San Diego on the coast highway. We had to jump on the freeway, and pretty soon we were back in Orange County. I love that feeling of crossing over and being almost home.
We still had about $60 left, and decided to treat ourselves to an early dinner. I wasn’t in the mood for anything in particular, so I let Fun Dad choose – a rare treat for him. He went with his usual choice, burgers. We love finding new places on Yelp, and he was interested in checking out a little burger joint, in Dana Point not far from our house, called The Shwack.
It was a great choice. Since we were a bit early for the dinner rush, we got our food quickly and it was fresh and delicious. We also had no problem snagging a nice big table to fit the whole family. Soon our table was filled with beautiful burgers.
And that right there, couldn’t be topped. So we loaded our full bellies into the car and went home.
That’s the end of our $600 road trip for six people! We had a really great vacation, and I’m looking forward to planning the next one. If you have any ideas for an interesting road trip, let me know! I’m up for a challenge.