It's Over

Trip Start Jul 15, 2008
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Trip End Jul 30, 2008


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Friday, August 1, 2008

After:

flying nearly 4000 miles
driving over 1500 miles
taking over 800 pictures
having hundreds of memories
eating 48 meals out
writing 21 blogs
visiting more than a dozen cities
staying in 5 different hotels
looking at one Master card bill
vacation is over.

We all had our own way of knowing it was over.  Pat marked vacation as being over when she had to clean the cat box.  For Sarah it was going to the orthodontist.  For me it was turning on my work computer and having nearly 400 emails waiting for me.

I have to remind myself that it is these mundane things that makes vacations special.  Without work there would be no vacation.  More importantly work is what makes vacation special. The two things go together like PB&J.  Unfortunately, there is alot more peanut butter than there is jelly.  You can't be on vacation all the time, but it would be nice to be on vacation more.  Maybe some day.

Just as we all knew it was over in a different way we all had our own favorite things.  I polled everyone for their top 3 so in case you were wondering here they are:

Sarah:
1) San Diego Zoo
2) Tiger Splash
3) Slide Rock

Pat:
1) San Diego Zoo
2) Pink Jeep Tour
3) Griffith Observatory

Mike:
1) Sedona
2) Grand Canyon
3) Hollywood

I could have predicted Sarah's top 3.  Anything to do with animals or water and she is there.  Pat surprised me with the Pink Jeep Tour coming out #2.  Never thought she would enjoy a bouncy jeep ride down 45 degree inclines as much as she did.  I surprised myself with the Sedona thing.  I would never had guessed it would have come out number 1.  It is the only place I have ever been where no matter which direction you look you see something so naturally beautiful.  Sedona is where God played with dirt and made mud castles. 

This is my last entry.  It has been a long time since I have had an opportunity to write for anything other than work. Work writing takes all the creativity of an amoeba. I hope you have enjoyed reading this at least half as much as I have enjoyed writing it. 

I know many of you wanted to see more pictures.  Pat and I have spent the last 3 days uploading around 800 pictures to the below website.  Just click on the West coast folder and there are 18 sub folders listed by location.  If you want a specific picture sent to you just send me an email with which folder it is in and the photo number.  I will be happy to send it to you.  You can also use Shutterfly to print pictures.   They use Target I believe, and it is cheap.

http://www.shutterfly.com/lightbox/view.sfly?fid=500aea84806f23246d9889752d9a603c

Thanks for following along,
Mike, Pat, and Sarah
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