as promised, i would love to share with you our road trip adventures to the bay area. we covered A LOT of ground in the five days we were there. so as not to make your eyeballs fall out, i will dole out our trip in parts, sprinkling the stories over the next week or so. sound good? first, let me answer the question everyone is dying to know: the road trip itself went surprisingly well. perhaps leaving at 5:00 a.m. was a good call as the kids slept most of the way.
we arrived in the east bay on friday morning at 10:30 a.m. to say we made great time would be an understatement! i think even my girlfriend was surprised when we rang her doorbell so early. [smile] the remaining part of that day was spent relaxing, stretching our legs, and letting the kids play and get reacquainted with one another. later that evening, we ordered in, shared some wine, and caught up on life as old friends do. it has been a year since we've all seen each other, but we picked up right where we left off. this level of comfort is what i cherish most about old friendships, and this friendship in particular - nothing about it is hard or forced. our friendship does span over 20 years. we've been a part of every bit of each other's lives (warts and all), and they mean the world to me. the very thought that our own kids will now grow up together warms my heart. i just wished we lived closer to one another.
the next day, we wanted to tucker the kids out and nap them before we headed to a pool party later in the afternoon. as we threw ideas around, i remembered codornices park in berkeley that erin of such small steps posted from her own trip up north. i suggested the park to the gang and everyone was game. the park itself was absolutely beautiful, tucked into the berkeley hills and surrounded by tall redwood trees. the air smelled of eucalyptus, pine, and some other liberal scent, if you catch my drift. if you are not familiar with the city of berkeley, it's a cozy home to liberals, telegraph avenue, u.c. berkeley (a renowned university), and alice water's chez panisse (which i highly recommend as a dining experience). however, the highlight of the trip was the 40' concrete slide at cordornices park. even i took a turn on the slide, and proceeded to scare every bird and child within ear shot of my screams.
after the park, we ventured off to aforementioned pool party, where more fun was had by all. the entire day resulted in pure exhaustion and sound slumber. [nice!]
writing this post and taking the the time to reflect on friendship, had me wondering: how many years does your longest standing friendship span?
happy weekend everyone! hope you're spending it with good friends.