And here are some road trip notes:
$4/gallon gas does help keep holiday drivers off the road, so we managed 300 miles today in 5 hours (including a stop for morale-boosting ice cream).
The ice cream sandwiches in King City, California, are so big even Eli can’t finish one (believe me, he tried).
Speaking of ice cream, drumsticks are “a great example of fossil layers,” says Ben.
We passed truckloads of garlic and broccoli, fields of romaine and artichokes, oil rigs (both off-shore and on land) and wind farms.
Visiting family is terrific (especially when there are young cousins to play with and a new book –no, for a change I don’t mean mine! — to talk about), but it’s always good to be home.