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Mar '11

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Dana’s Visit

We made it to the bridge! Evey and Dana at tourist stop #1 of the day

Hello Everyone!  Dana here, writing a guest blog for Eric and Evey before I head back to the East Coast.  I was only in California for a long weekend, but wow did we pack a lot into it!  As soon as I landed on Friday evening, we headed to Mountain View for dinner.  It had quite an interesting strip of shops, bars and restaurants, but it had a Dana Street, so it was a-ok in my book.  Saturday morning Evey and I headed to a bridal shop to try on bridesmaid dresses.  But not before stopping at Hobee’s for some decadent coffee cake!  At Trudy’s Bridal Shop we were greeted by a very friendly woman named Connie who kept telling us we had great karma.  Evey and I didn’t quite understand this, but laughed along as I tried on a few dresses.  The first dress I tried on was the dress Evey had found online.  We were sure this was going to be the dress, but found 2 others to try as well.  The second one had a very awkward bow and was vetoed immediately.  The third dress provoked some thought from both of us, as it was similar to the first, but a little bit simpler.  We decided in the end to go with this dress, so it wouldn’t take away from the beautiful details in Evey’s amazing wedding dress!  After dress shopping, we headed up to San Francisco for some touristy things before meeting up with some of Eric’s Apple friends for dinner and drinks.  We headed to “The Stinking Rose” for dinner, and I’m pretty sure we can all still taste the massive amounts of garlic we ate!

Sunday was jam-packed with a lot of sight seeing.  We drove down the coast this time, stopping in Santa Cruz before heading to Monterey.  Santa Cruz was rainy and windy, but by the time we got to Monterey it was sunny (still windy though, but as expected for a coastal town).  The views down the coast in Monterey were gorgeous, and the town was quaint and fun.  From there we had planned to head to Carmel, but detoured to the 17 Mile Drive through the Pebble Beach area instead.  After finishing, we were quite glad we did this.  The drive through the hills and along the coast was absolutely beautiful, and the large amount of mansions we encountered along the drive were massive and gorgeous!  There were about 20 points of interest along the way with places to pull over and view the sights.  My favorite was the Pebble Beach Links Golf Course.  Coming from a family where golf is pretty much a religion, this was a place I’d seen many times, but only on television.  It definitely did not disappoint.  Everything there was elegant and over the top, and Eric said even the bathroom looked like it had been plaited in gold!

For the 2 whole days I was in California, we did more than some would accomplish in a week!  I can’t thank Evey and Eric enough for being such wonderful hosts and tour guides.  We hit every major area of interest close by, and had so much fun doing so.  I cannot wait to come back again, hopefully for longer next time!