It also meant no major morning or late night rushes and we could eat a late breakfast in San Diego before getting on the road.
We stopped in Ventura to give the kids time to play and all of us some time to enjoy a meal after.
It's hard to beat a playground on a beach with restaurants right there.
We stayed the night in Santa Maria again. The next day we stopped in Salinas, getting relatively close to home and still needing food and a stretch. We ate at a BJ's restaurant.
Which was convenient because no one was eating on the patio which, after our meal, served as a stand in park for the kids to run around in before the last bit of a drive home.
Soon, it was home sweet home. First thing to do? "Papi let's make a train track."
A great week!