It wasn't a super eventful holiday weekend for us, but we did attempt a small trip. We left on Saturday and dropped Hazel off at the PetSmart PetsHotel, then headed up to Lakeport, CA to spend some time at Clear Lake. The trip ended up taking so much longer than we anticipated. We decided to take the scenic route through Napa (instead of just taking Hwy 101 straight there), which ended up being a terrible idea. Traffic was horrendous and it ended up taking us twice as long to get there as it should have. The lake ended up being a bit of a bust. We had gotten brochures about the lake and town while at the CA State Fair in July, and were excited to check it out. The lake was covered in algae...so much that we definitely wouldn't hop in for a swim. The lake in this picture doesn't look so bad and the mountains in the background actually make it look pretty nice so you'll just have to trust us about that gross algae!
We stayed the night in Ukiah, CA, home of the World's Largest Redwood Tree Service Station. It's not a gas station anymore, but instead is a little free museum. So adorable.
We had planned to spend Sunday in Mendocino but were not keen on the idea of driving even further away from home after the long trip we had already taken, so we decided to just bail on the rest of the trip. We headed home, picked up Hazel, went to the library and stocked up on reading material for the rest of the weekend. It wasn't quite the weekend we had anticipated, but we still had a good time.
Hazel was very happy for the early pickup from PetSmart.