29 Jun

A Quick Family Vacation

After I returned from my trip to North Carolina for Homefront & Downrange, our family went to California to celebrate my sister in law’s birthday. A great time was had by all.

Highlights include the Museum of Tech and Innovation in San Jose, where we tried to build an internet,

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Crack codes (too easy, but fun nonetheless as you had to crack the first, to get the second, to get the third),SF 09

 

and picked locks. The kids agreed that it would be much harder to pick a lock that you can’t see into and that isn’t super sized.SF 08

 

We also went to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. I really enjoyed it. Currently, A Common Thread is one of the exhibits. The mix of techniques and artists were exactly the types that appeal to me, so I was engrossed. Some of my favorite works are by Joetta Maue, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Jeana Eva Klein, and Rebecca Ringquist. Take the time to click the links and look at their work. There was also a small collection and a video of “Kawandi” inspired quilts by Margaret Fabrizio that intrigued me as in as they have a very peculiar way of contracting the quilts, with lots of scraps as “batting.”SF 07

 

Part of the family gathering was at beautiful China Camp State Park, SF 05

where I found the mother load of beach glass!SF 06

 

My son had his hands full too — catching crabs.SF 04

 

My daughter preferred to get her hands wet back at our hotel, communing with the koi.SF 03

 

The kids chose Alcatraz as our touristy destination. They loved it!SF 02

 

I have to admit, it’s kind of an amazing place.SF 01

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