We began our grand adventure to the Russian River of Northern California, outside of the infamous wine country. I was able to take 3 days of vacation, for a several day getaway with my beautiful wife. The summer has been a busy one. On top of the usual hectic youth ministry schedule, family health issues on other states have carried us apart more than usual. This trip could not have been more needed. We NEEDED time together. So we planned a nice anniversary trip---13 years!
Of course it got off to a rough start. Days before the trip began, two of our kids got sick. High fevers, sore throats…etc. We thought all was well until the day before we took off. Our middle got QUITE sick. But…hours before leaving, the fever kicked and we took off.
We drove a few hours before stopping for lunch in Redding at the world famous In N Out Burgers. you have never experienced that, I highly recommend it. Best fast food burgers and fries in the world! After clogging our hearts and arteries just a bit, we hit the road.
The soundtrack for the day was a great one. We listened to Mumford & sons, Avett brothers, Amos Lee, and then closed out the drive to Justin Timberlake. As we were “bringing sexy back” we made the final push into the crazy streets of San Francisco. Jessie had booked us a fancy hotel downtown. The roads were insane. It was impossible to tell the lanes with all the cable car tracks. But it was gorgeous. The architecture there is incredible. It is nuts how they built everything on such steep angles and intense hills.
We found a parking lot finally and hauled the luggage to our hotel. It was GORGEOUS! We checked in and rested a few minutes before we got ready for the nights big adventure! We found a Subway across the street to get some food, since we’d heard the musical would run late. Then we grabbed a cab and ran to the famous Orpheum theatre in San Fran’s infamous TENDERLOIN district, to pick up our tickets to see WICKED.
If you have never seen this show, I recommend it with every ounce of my being! It is the most incredible stage spectacle I have ever seen and an incredible story! W LOVED it. At 10:30, we made our way out and tackled the task of hailing a cab. The ride home was an adventure and we crashed into our beds, prepping for the big day to start in the AM