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Grand adventures in my own backyard.

Hey there folks. I’m back (I’m tempted to include “and better than ever”, but that’s simply not true). 

Let me start by saying that work has been a beast and is keeping me busy as a bee. It hasn’t been fun, and I’ve missed taking the time to do something personal (like update my blog, or get home before 8:00 at night). I decided today would be the day that I didn’t work through lunch, but took a half-hour (okay, I worked through half my lunch) to give you an update. It feels good to do this. 

So last weekend, we took Woodreaux out for a spin in the Bay Area. Grand adventures and all. Brandon was initially in a dark little mood, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend quality time with him. As we drove over the Bay Bridge into San Francisco, and easily found parking in the Marina (miracles do exist), he relaxed a bit. We had some lunch and Brandon had another obscure star-sighting (as usual, he recognizes some guy from a show on the History Channel, or National Geographic or Discovery or something). We hopped back in the car and headed over the Golden Gate. Earlier in the week, I’d done an off-site meeting with work at the Marin Headlands, and I wanted to share that with him. We ended up in an even better spot than I had been in, with 360-degree views of the city, the ocean and the headlands. It was beautiful. 

What was even more interesting was the history behind the Marin Headlands. During WWII, several batteries were built into Hawk Hill (part of the Headlands) to protect the Bay Area from aerial bombardments. The batteries were never used, but they’re still there. So so interesting. 

Here, take a look for yourself: 

View from the lower level.

View from the lower level.

 

Woodreaux and Golden Gate.

Woodreaux and Golden Gate.

  

Marin Headlands to my right, Pacific in front.

Marin Headlands to my right, Pacific in front.

  

Marin Headlands to my right, Pacific in front.

Marin Headlands to my right, Pacific in front.

  

Marin Headlands.

Marin Headlands.

  

Marin Headlands.

Marin Headlands.

  

View from Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

View from Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

  

View of the Pacific from Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

View of the Pacific from Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

  

View of Golden Gate (and Brandon) from Hawk Hill.

View of Golden Gate (and Brandon) from Hawk Hill.

  

View of the Pacific coming down from Hawk Hill.

View of the Pacific coming down from Hawk Hill.

  

View of the Headlands leaving Hawk Hill.

View of the Headlands leaving Hawk Hill.

  

Last view.

Last view.

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Woodrow becomes Woodreaux. And the Saints win big.

It’s been a very long two weeks since my last post. 

A very.long.two.weeks. 

Highlights include: 

  • Woodrow making the trek from Northeast Oregon to the Bay Area with no hiccups.
  • Me not killing my husband during said trek.
  • The Superbowl party of a lifetime.
  • The Superbowl win of a lifetime.
  • Woodrow miraculously passes crazy California emissions test and gets a high-five from our mechanic, Robert.
  • Woodrow makes another trek – this time up to Tahoe – with only minor hiccups.
  • I rediscover that Brandon is MacGyver when he fixes the back window (after taking the entire thing apart) – and has the patience of Job when he has to put everything back together again.
  • I don’t completely lose it when I have to spend two hours registering Woodrow at the DMV this morning. TWO HOURS. This included one of the ladies talking to me like a four year old with a listening problem. I don’t have a listening problem, by the way. I have a you-are-a-dummy-and-no-two-people-that-work-here-give-the-same-information problem. It’s like you need a secret handshake, an archaeologist and a Bible to uncover the mysterious ways of the DMV.
  • And last but not least, Woodrow officially becomes part of our Louisiana family – and therefore, he is now Woodreaux.

Hope you guys didn’t miss me too much. But dang, I missed you. 

A few pictures from the last couple of weeks (I’ll upload all of them in the next couple of days): 

From Ashland to Oakland.

From Ashland to Oakland.

 

From Eugene to Ashland.

From Eugene to Ashland.

 

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Woodrow is coming to California.

Exciting news in the Panepinto household: Woodrow is coming to California. Say hello to Woodrow:

Woodrow

Woodrow

Woodrow is a 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. We’re flying out to eastern Oregon tomorrow morning to pick him up and drive him home.

Up next: Woodrow (fingers crossed) passes stringent California emissions test.

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