(Warning: long post)
I’ve gone on my birthday vacation in May. It was fantastic! Me and my husband drove to DFW, left our car at Park ‘n Fly, and flew to Sacramento. We arrived in Sacramento on the eve of my birthday.
We stayed at my friend’s house, had a quick chitchat before heading off to bed. California is 2 hours behind from Texas, so my body clock was trying to adjust to the time difference. We woke up around 5am, preparing to go on our first stop, Napa Valley.
We went to Castello di Amorosa, purchased the tour with wine tasting, bought 4 wines, and had picture-taking. We had birthday lunch at Gott’s, which has the tastiest garlic fries ever. Who cares about having garlic breath? Man, that fries was to die for! After that garlicky lunch, we finally headed to Downtown Sacramento. We rode the cruise with some party people for a good 1 hour. It felt like forever.
The next day, we headed to Yosemite. We scouted the place for a whole day and was amazed at this great wonder. I was in awe. It looks so picturesque. It’s like staring at a live photo.
We stayed at Big Trees Lodge. Boy, let me tell you how spooky that place is! It felt like a hike to a haunted motel! The room looks like a museum, with creaky floors and olden days furniture. The bathroom looks like someone has been murdered there. The light was so dim that it felt like we’re in a horror movie. We were so spooked that we all cramped in that small bathroom to wash our face and brush our teeth together. We went to sleep at 8pm, hoping that we won’t see any ghosts.
We woke up early. I didn’t even dare use the shower where the bathtub looked like someone has been murdered there. I don’t care if I didn’t wash. I’ll just have a long and warm shower at my friend’s house when we get back. We headed to The majestic Hotel for a very elegant brunch, then prepared for our first ever hike.
I never thought I would enjoy hiking as much as I did. My husband enjoyed it even more. We hiked the Mist trails up the Vernal falls. We were gearing up to continue on to the next but our friend told us it would take us hours to get to the next waterfall. Besides, it’s just our first hike, my friend said not to overdo it.
So, we headed home, happy and satisfied with what we saw. We fell in love with Yosemite. We promise to go back there. We want to see it again. It was so hard to leave.
We hardly had enough sleep. My whole body and my legs were aching. We woke up early the next morning again to drive to San Francisco. We had a 9 am appointment at the Philippine embassy for our passport renewal. The traffic was so terrible that we ended up late for our appointment. Luckily, they still accepted us and it didn’t take long. We had lunch at one of the restaurants in Fisherman’s Wharf. They have the most amazing clam chowder. After lunch, we all rushed to hop on the boat to visit the Alcatraz.
Let me tell you something about Alcatraz, it was THE most amazing audio tour I’ve ever been to. The second one is the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, where they shot JFK. I got goosebumps listening to the audio while exploring the place. The cells were all cramped. I couldn’t imagine being imprisoned here.
After our trip to Alcatraz, we headed to see the Golden Gate bridge. My husband wanted to walk on the bridge so we did. It was so windy and chilly compared to Texas weather which is 100+ degrees F. Then we drove to Lombard street. My friend let my husband drive so he could experience it. It was really fun!
We went home late in the evening and we had to pack our bags to leave Sacramento going to L.A. to see our friends. My friend and her boyfriend went with us. We flew to L.A and met with our friends over at lunch. I also had to meet my sister. Later that evening, we walked to Koreatown, had Korean barbecue then walked to a nearby mall for a Korean Bingsoo.
I just miss being with my College friends so much. We had a never-ending conversations about everything. We didn’t even notice the time. Only when we noticed my friend’s boyfriend sleeping on the table did we realize that it’s time to go home. It was a bittersweet farewell.
The next morning, we had to meet my friend from Abu Dhabi for brunch. It was just a quick hi-hello and it was time to say goodbye. We had to fly to Las Vegas, and my friend and her boyfriend had to fly back to Sacramento. We thanked them for accommodating us and for spending time with us showing us around.
So it was just me and my husband in Vegas for 3 whole days.
We arrived late to the hotel because the rental car took so long to get. We stayed at Aria hotel and ordered room service because we were too exhausted to roam around looking for a place to eat. Hubby had pizza and I had chicken noodle soup.
We woke up the next day and headed out to the Grand Canyon West over at Skywalk. It was a 2 and a half hour ride from the strip but it was all worth it. We headed back to town and passed by Hoover dam. But it was so hot that we just decided to take some pictures and go back to the hotel.
That night, we got dressed and roamed around the strip. We had dinner at Bubba Gump’s then walked around to check out the place. It felt so romantic walking hand in hand with the crowd. It was so fun to watch people. I think all kinds of people are here.
Since we didn’t have a really good sleep for a week already, my body finally gave up. I called it a night at 8pm, headed back to the hotel and slept.
We had a quality sleep that night. The next morning, we were even contemplating if we still wanna go see the Red Rock Canyon. I jolted right up to the bathroom and told my husband, let’s go see Red Rock Canyon!
We drove for a good 30 minutes. Breakfast was at a convenience store. I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved their coffee.
We just took some pictures. We decided not to climb it. We don’t have much time. That was our last day in Vegas and we haven’t scouted the whole strip.
So, we went back to the hotel, changed into some clothes that would shield me from the sun. Hubby wants to walk on a hot sunny day to see the strip on day light.
We went back to the hotel around 3 or 4 pm and took a nap. Then we went out around 6 pm and rode the High Roller. We wanted to see Vegas on top and it didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed our last few days in Vegas with my husband. It felt like we’re just dating again.
The next morning was our flight back to Texas. It was really exhausting but totally worth it. We even discovered a nice Filipino restaurant in Lewisville, Texas. It was all worth it right at the very last second.
We arrived home, unpacked our things and let hubby rest. It was so nice to be back home. It was definitely one of our best vacations ever.