Spring Break California Road Trip...all the details!

 Hi friends! Are you on spring break this week?  Do you have any big plans?

Last week was our spring break and we threw together a rather spur of the moment trip around California.  I know travel posts aren't really my "normal" posts here on the blog, but every once and a while I just can't help but share some of my adventures!  

We've had a rather amazingly wet winter this year.  After years of drought, all that wetness has led to a rather dramatic spring here.  Knowing that I just couldn't stay put for spring break!  So we threw the kids in the car and spent a week exploring!

Every member of the family got a say as to what they most wanted to do.  My oldest daughter wanted to go and see an art museum, and she wanted to go to the beach.  My husband wanted to go to the mountains.  My younger daughter wanted to go to Disneyland.  (She's 5 after all...and happens to share a name with a certain Disney princess.)  I wanted to go to the flower fields at Carlsbad Ranch. 

We did it all!  Everyone got to do a little bit of what they wanted....and the result is we got to see a lot of this beautiful state.  It was quite a bit of driving (since we live in the San Francisco area and most of the areas that we visited were farther south). 

I can't wait to share with you some of the pictures from our trip!

We started out in  Bass Lake...

My kids stayed with the grandparents for a night and my husband and I got to go away to bass lake, a charming little lake located about an hour from where I grew up.  We stayed at the pines resort, which is a lovely place to stay! We hiked a bit around the area and enjoyed the fact that it's not yet busy with the summer crowd.
 Then we picked up the kids and headed to Yosemite.  We went midweek, but it was still crowded.  We had a picnic and visited Bridalveil falls.  We've been to Yosemite before, so we were able to just relax a bit and take in some of the sites.  It's truly beautiful this time of year...and so much water is falling from the falls this year!
After Yosemite we headed south to Los Angeles where we spent an afternoon at the Getty museum.  I really love that my 7 year old wanted to go to an art museum as her top choice on Spring Break!  She's been learning about different artists in school and was especially excited to see some of the impressionist paintings. 

The Getty does a great job providing materials to keep kids interested in the museum.  There are scavenger hunt brochures that you can get in their family center which helps the kids have a bit more fun things to look at.  The best thing is that the Getty museum is free (except for a $15 parking fee) so it's a great place to visit with kids.  If they lose interest quickly it's ok, as you haven't spent a ton of money on entrance tickets. The gardens are also a great place for them to explore!
After the Getty we headed to Anaheim to go to Disneyland and California adventures.  We spent a day in each of the parks...and I think Disneyland speaks for itself.   I enjoyed trying out some settings on my camera there to try get some pretty pictures at the park! 
Do you recognize this Elena dress?  Yep!  It's the one that I made!
After Disneyland we headed to the flower fields at Carlsbad Ranch.  These were STUNNING!!  I was so excited to be able to get there when the flowers were in peak bloom.  Totally worth the traffic to get there!  And now I want to be a gardener....

We followed the flower fields with a trip to the beach right in Carlsbad.  So nice!
That's all of the main stops on our trip, but I feel like we got to see so much more.  Thanks to all of the rain this year the trip was full of hills full of wildflowers...as far as the eye can see.  The drive felt like a destination all in itself.  

(And let's keep it real...  The trip wasn't all wildflowers and beautiful views.  We were in car for over 20 hours...with a certain 5 year old that still gets carsick (as we found out on this trip)....so let's just say beautiful views definitely made this trip feel a bit more managable!)

Now that we're home and settling back in it feels like such an epic-ly beautiful trip.  California in the spring is just so lovely!  

Have a great spring break everyone, and Easter too! I'll be back her next week with some more crafty goodness!  I've been working on so many projects right now.  I can't wait to share all of the details!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

XOXO, Jill

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