We arrived at sunset and took a walk out onto the pier and had a nice seafood dinner. We ordered clams as an appetizer and the girls really had fun trying them.
I have a high school friend who currently lives in Nevada who was coming into California and asked to stop by to see me. We met up for lunch at a diner on the Historic downtown street and then walked on some nature trails and crossed the Historic Truss Bridge. It was so fun to see my friend! It had been 17 years since we've seen each other, but it felt just like old times. I also enjoyed the trails so much that I had to go back and keep exploring further. Here are even more pictures:
|We loved our clams and clam chowder|
Our hotel room was really cute and just across the street from the beach. We had some great lounge chairs just outside our door where we had an amazing view of the pier, the beach, and the ocean. We could hear the waves crashing against the shore, and there were sea lions near the pier we could hear as well. It was perfect!
|The view from our room|
We had a great time playing on the beach. The kids spent all day playing in the sand, running into the water, and trying to body surf. It's always the best watching Lauren and Katelyn laughing and playing together. It was a fabulous day!! Here are a few pictures:
|Digging in the sand|
|The water was still really cold|
|We LOVE the beach!|
|Have to build sandcastles on the shore|
|Our friends the Sea Lions|
|On the pier, overlooking the boardwalk|
On our way home the next morning we stopped for donuts. I had a crumb topped bear claw. I'd never had one before and it was so yummy!!! Then we stopped at a little place called the Mystery Spot where gravity is supposed to be different. It was fun to stand at a 17 degree angle and to struggle to walk. The girls had a blast and even volunteered and were chosen to help with some of the demonstrations. Here are a few more pictures.
|It really looks like a bear claw---and SO yummy!|
|The craziest cabin EVER|
|Trying to stand up straight without leaning|
|Trying to lean as forward as possible without falling|
|My friend Kim and I on the Historic Truss Bridge|
|The sign is awesome, it reads, "$5 fine for driving over this bridge faster than a walk. $25 fine for driving more than 20 head of horses, 50 head of cattle, or 200 sheep, hogs, or goats over this bridge at one time"|
|Love this bridge (It's Folsom's most recognized landmark)|
|Beautiful tree lined trails. I love how the trees often make a canopy over the trail|
|This looked a little bit like what I'd imagine the Savanah to look like. I love the diversity of trees and landscape that can be found all around Folsom.|
I think all of our family can agree that we come to love living in Folsom more each day. It has been an amazing place to be. We love the city itself and all it has to offer, as well as how close we are to so many different places that are so diverse. We still plan on discovering more of our surroundings so stay tuned for our next adventure.