Quick Pinecrest Getaway

Currently at the airport in Sacramento, hoping to board a plane to Irvine…about 48 hours after my original departure. #MakeAmericaLateAgain. This Southwest system outage is unreal. Never have I ever seen anything like this. It’s now 2 days after the original cancelled flight and the airport is a total mess.  Unbelievable how disorganized the airline is-and I’ve always been such a Southwest fan!

So, instead of focusing on this circus, wanted to remember our quick 4th of July trip to Pinecrest.

(Update: that flight ended up also being cancelled.  Never made it to Irvine! Not cool, Southwest….)

Anyways, a few days before 4th of July weekend, I realized I had requested the Friday off but never made a plan for the weekend. On a whim, David and I decided to call Pinecrest Lake to see if they had any rooms left-and they did! So we made a plan for a mini-getaway on Friday before the 4th.

Pinecrest is about an hour and 40 minutes from us in the Stanislaus mountains. Before hitting the road, we stopped by Gian’s for picnic provisions, and drove straight to the lake.

Since it was a Friday afternoon, it wasn’t too crowded, and we got a shady spot on the sand. The lake was beautiful and SO BLUE.

If given a choice between mountains or ocean, I’m prettttty sure I’ll pick ocean, but Pinecrest makes me less certain. The mountain was so green, and the air so fresh, and it felt incredibly calming to walk around and admire the trees.

Our room was right next to the lake. In the evening, we grabbed our books and rented a motor boat. Reading in the late afternoon sun in the middle of a gorgeous lake?? Amazing!For dinner, we picked up corn and bratwurst and grilled a picnic dinner.  The motel has BBQs and picnic tables in front, which made it super easy. When the sun set the stars were incredible.

The next morning, we woke up and moved our car to beach parking. Jotting this down to remember to do that if we go again on the 4th-it worked out well-the parking fills up! There’s a nice hike around the lake with pretty spectacular views. During the hike, I kept daydreaming…maybe someday we’ll rent a house for the week…I can do this hike every morning and then enjoy coffee on the cabin deck overlooking the water… It’s fun to think about. If I felt so relaxed after one day, can’t imagine what a week could do!

After a few hours of reading and beach time, we headed home.

On the way, we stopped at Twain Harte, at  The Rock of Twain Harte.  An excellent little pub with incredible sandwiches.  All in all, an easy and super relaxing 24 hourish getaway!

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