Wes and I love road-tripping. The time in the car to talk, listen to music or to listen to podcasts/books is really refreshing for us. With a kid, traveling can be tricky but naps are a life saver and without them we wouldn't dare go anywhere. We plan all our long drives during Winston's sleeping hours, and then we'll stop somewhere while he's awake for meals or just to let him run around. Sometimes if we have to keep driving we'll resort to the iPad... Which also is a lifesaver.
A year and a half ago, Wes and I were on a Netflix kick watching all sorts of documentaries. I'm more of the nerd when it comes to watching documentaries... I love them and often have to convince him to watch with me. I came across a documentary of Hearst castle, and after we watched it, we had to go. Literally, the next morning we packed our car and drove there... No joke.
We definitely love to explore and we can be last minute planners, so doing something like this is certainly not unlikely.
Unfortunately, on our way there we ended up having to stop to replace our car battery. Something we hadn't planned for. The end of the story is we made it to Hearst Castle, but was just 30 minutes shy of the last tour. Ha! What a bummer! We had just driven 4 hours to get there. Of course we were disappointed we had missed it, but we were ok. We loved the drive up the coast and it was just fun to feel like we were exploring new territory.
Since we didn't make it last time, it was something I still really wanted to do. So, this last weekend, we packed our bags and some snacks and made the trek up the coast again. This time my sister joined us and we finally made it! Despite some set backs... navigating through traffic and Winston throwing up in the car, and me blaming Wes for it because of his driving crazy.
What good memories. Winston is fine and so is our marriage. Phew! Ha. Winston had eaten his snack way too fast through winding roads, all while watching the iPad ... Definitely not the best combo. On the flip side, he did sleep more than halfway there, so I say that's a win.
Hearst castle is magnificent. The tours are a bit pricey for what they actually show per tour, but it's definitely worth it. The work and planning it took to make this castle what it is, is quite astounding. The evidence shows throughout every small detail.