I don’t really have a set ‘to-do’ list for all the new things I want to see up here in Northern California. I’m sort of just rolling with the punches. I’ve so enjoyed the places and things I’ve discovered this far and this weekend really upped the ante.
Our friend Kevin came up to visit over the weekend. While we were deciding what we should do during his visit he suggested going to a bar that he heard of that was in the woods. Devin and I both immediately discounted the idea. We have a baby, obviously we aren’t going to go to a bar. He assured us that it was a family friendly environment. I was skeptical at best. But decided to go with the flow and keep my fingers crossed that it wasn’t a huge disaster.
It was ah-maz-ing.
It started with a nice little downhill hike through the woods and ended up at this wooden cliff side beer lodge. Upon arrival there were people scattered across the expansive deck drinking pints and playing board games. And lo and behold, there were even a couple of families with kids and babies!
We ordered a pitcher of ice cold German beer, grabbed a board game from their collection and found a nice little spot on the deck to call home for the next several hours.
This opened up a new world of possibilities for me. If there is this awesome kid friendly bar in the middle of the woods, how many other kid friendly adult activities are there out there that I haven’t yet discovered!! I’m just relishing in the idea that I can get out and do things that are safe and fun for Sadie that don’t include a ball pit or finger paints.
Sadie spent her time playing monster and destroying our attempts to play a board game to the end. She also walked around and made many new friends. She even found a baby her age and they enjoyed a good old game of ‘make our mommies chase us’ together. It was such a great experience, I’m looking forward to doing it again soon.
We also discovered some local joys over the weekend. The winter weather is beginning to creep away and the sun has been making it’s appearance more and more. The majority of my time living here has been chilly weather so far, so it’s a whole new ballgame in the warm weather. We enjoyed a leisure walk to the duck pond, that turned into a beach visit, that turned into an ice cream shop stop, that turned into Sadie’s first ice cream cone. Which naturally, turned into a sticky mess and a hot bath.
This whole weekend was kind of a roll with the punches kind of time. You can’t plan everything perfectly, but someties that makes it better. Y’know, when a baby falls asleep while your out to dinner. Order a delicious margarita and just roll with the punches.