Friday, March 31, 2017

SPRING BREAK WITH THE GRANDSONS

We had a whirlwind spring break trip to Northern California with our grandsons, Paxton & Logan. Somehow we fit in visits to see family and friends in Walnut Creek, Concord and Stockton, a Stanford University tour, and a quick overnight in San Francisco. What really stood out for us is how wonderful these young men are! They are engaged, adventurous, and super fun to be with! We are very blessed and lucky in this department. Come along as I share our four-night trip.

We had dinner with our good friend Lea in Stockton.  Marla and Lea have known each other since seventh grade and are Delta Gamma sorority sisters from the University of The Pacific. This is where Marla and I first met. 

I organized a three-hour "Discover Stanford" tour and we were able to go along with Paxton on this campus adventure. Paxton is just a freshman in high school but is already thinking of possible Universities.  Needless to say, when it was all over I told everyone I was going to apply for early admission! I really was impressed!

Golden Gate Park has been one of my personal "power spots" since I was a little boy! The De Young Museum looked very different when I first visited but today's modern structure is new and architecturally exciting.

The Boys hadn't been to the California Academy of Sciences so this was a must stop for us!

Logan loved seeing Claude, the albino alligator!
 ***Stay tuned for a future blog on this amazing and fascinating museum!

 There is something fabulous when you can really connect with a grandson!

My cousin Cindi's daughter, Gretchen, arranged a nice luncheon for the family at my aunt's home in Lafayette. Shirley is 91 and my Mom on the right is 97!

Marla and I with Cindi and Gretchen.

We brought a Princess Cake from Alpine Bakery in Concord. Fabulous!!!

That evening we met Alex Stump and her family for dinner in Walnut Creek. We first met Alex and her family in Cannes when she was 12 years old! Her family owns Andre Clouet Champagne in Bouzy France. Alex spent a year with us working as an intern at Wesco after college. Marla set Alex up with our son-in-law Ray's college roommate..... and the rest is history. 

The Boys always wanted to visit the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park. I've loved it every since my grandparents took me there as a small boy.

I can't remember a more beautiful day in The City!

Everyone loves the arched bridge!

I would love the gardeners to come and spruce up my backyard! 

Time for a tea break and some mochi ice cream!

I love this view of the garden's entrance and the flowering cherry trees.


Since we were close to the old Sutro's Baths we had to take a little hike. I have letters from Mayor Sutro to my great-grandfather, Captain William Brown in 1896, talking about humidity and temperature issues at the Baths.

Chinatown is always an adventure when you walk on the less touristy side streets like Waverly Place and Ross Alley. We were all pretty tired from all the travel but we really had fun!


Images: Dick Gentry

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