Sep 29, 2008

Cami and Nick's Road Trip

Cami started my sewing class over a year ago. She knew very little about sewing but wanted to learn how to make costumes. She and her friend Nick entertained children during parties dressing up as a princess and spider man.

She started class not knowing much but grew in her sewing skills quickly. She was one of my first post on this blog:

Bat Girl and Superman

Cami took my Monday/Wednesday class last month. She wanted to come in to learn how to make costumes. You see Cami and her friend Nick do kids parties. She wanted to make her own costumes for the parties. She has never sewn before. She is a natural at sewing. She made everything except the Superman Cape

I got these pictures and with her permission I'm sharing with you. She did a great job! I'm so proud of her.

I hear Nick makes a very good Superman if you ever need one for your birthday parties. Not bad abs either Nick! :)

All the time she was taking my class Nick would pop in to ask questions about what she was doing. I could see the sparks between them. I ask her how good of friend were they? She said "just friends". I told her there was much more between them then just friends.

Over the next year she would come in from time to time when she got stuck on her project and needed help. Then one day she told me her and Nick were getting married! :) She wanted to make her dress and asked my advice. She ended up buying a dress because the wanted to get married right away.

So what are they doing now?

I've been following Cami and Nick on their adventures traveling around the country through her blog called Road Trip and pictures. They are having so much fun. You can see it in their pictures.

Monday, September 22, 2008
After so many days sleeping in parking lots and true, no shower... we finally headed to Nick's sister house, Kathi! They were all at work/school when we got there so the maid opened the door we had the chance to shower before seeing them! (that was great!).

We were very happy to see/meet them, and it was a very emotional moment for Nick and Kathi. We met David (Kathi's husband) and Melissa our niece! Yes! Uncle Nick and Aunt Cami!

We went out for dinner to have a chance to catch up and saw the amazing west coast sunset on our way to the restaurant.

Thank you for everything guys!
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
We started our day walking the Cannery Row in Monterey.

A beautiful old fisherman village, with beautiful colors and home of the famous Monterey Bay aquarium. We saw seals (lots of them) everywhere we looked. We did not go to the aquarium as it was too expensive ($25 per adult). So we walked around to stretch our legs and took a bunch of pictures.

Monterey was also the beginning of the one hundred mile scenic route - Big Sur. Incredible! The most beautiful drive so far. I googled some info as I'm out of words: "...The route follows some of the most spectacular and highly scenic shoreline found along California’s coast. Views include rugged canyons and steep sea cliffs, granite shorelines, sea lions and other marine life, windswept cypress trees, and majestic redwood forests. This Byway also provides you with a lesson in California’s rich Mission-era and natural history..."

We stopped at some key spots (the ones suggested by the book Steven and Rebecca's lent to us). It really reminded me of Hawaii. Mainly the Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park, where the landscape is dramatic and a beautiful waterfall meets the ocean.

Check out the pics!

We took our time and spent the whole day at that route. Ending at a K-Mart parking in Arroyo Grande to spent the night.
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
The campground in Dutch Flat was quiet, behind a gas station. We were not very interested in touring around the area. It was just an opportunity to stop for half price before we get closer to bigger cities (we've been making good use of the card Chris gave us in Indiana, that grant us 50% of in the participating campgrounds).

Friday we woke up late, and hit the road around mid afternoon.

Around 6pm we were on the road in Fairfield, California when we drove by the Jelly Belly Factory! We decided to stop right away! How exciting! The Jelly Belly Factory tour was in our plans when we first started looking at places in California, but we didn't realize it was on our way!

We drove to the factory and they were already closed. Luckily there was a Wal-mart right next to it. So we decided to spend the night and take the tour first thing in the morning.

The tour was amazing! We litteraly the first ones there. While waiting for the tour to start, the lady openened the sample bar. Yes, free Jelly Bellys... any flavor we wanted... till we get tired of it. My favorite was Cantaloupe and Pomegranate, Nick fell in love with Red Apple, Pomegranate and Kiwi. But we tried it all... Crush, 7up, Mint Chocolate, Sports Jelly...yummy!

During the tour they showed us the history, how they come up with flavors, the production process (it takes several days to make a perfect Jelly Bean, we saw millions of tinny little beans, Jelly Belly art work... etc. It was great.

After the tour, time to hit the road again, heading to San Francisco.

It was really hard to find a place to park our trailer safely to tour the city, or find an affordable place to stay (we were on our last few dollars). I looked at the map and googled truck stops outside San Francisco (I knew we should not drive the trailer in the city, San Francisco is famous for it's steep hills!!!). I found one in Oakland. We called them and a very nice guy let us park there.

We arrived at the truck stop around 11am. It was a industrial area by the Colisseum (home of Oakland 49rs)/ Oakland airport. We parked, and took public transportation to the city. It was actually a big challenge, we had to tour without much time as the truck stop closed at 6pm!

We are the champs of quick tours! We went to a awesome farmers market by the San Francisco Port, Pier 39, a far view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street and shared some chinese food. We did it all in 3 hrs got back in the car and hit the road again. San Franciso is a beautiful city, with a lot going on. The streets and piers were packed with tourists. (Everyone in the trolley was holding a map! It was funny.)

Our next destination was Monterey - the beggining of Big Sur (route one) the scenic route along the coast.

We found a Wal-mart just a few miles out of Monterey and spent the night.

Go on the trip with them. Read what you have missed to catch up and follow them along in their adventure. Our newlyweds are enjoying their moments! And after all, this is what life is all about!

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments, make them "sew" much fun,

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