Nina and I were in San Diego for 5 days before we made the trek back to surprise everyone for Christmas, but the journey home is its own story. Of the 5 last days we spent in southern California it rained 4 out of the 5 days. Which isn't normal for San Diego I hear. They were mostly lay days though, having to gain some energy from not sleeping many hours in the back of the truck. Luckily the day it was nice there was waves so Eddie, Nina and I drove to pacific beach and hopped in the water for a few hours it was a blast, the kelp was so thick one time paddling back out I had so much of it stuck on my leash I was just paddling in place. Most of the time had to strip my leash off once I got in the inside in order to paddle back out. That was the last session out west and I was stoked Eddie and I got to share a few waves. Nina and I finally got to see the movie "Wild" starring Reese Witherspoon, it's an amazing story about a young woman hiking the pacific crest trail with hardly any camping and hiking experience, struggling with her inner demons along the way. It's an amazing story and I recommend everyone to see the movie, I can't wait to read the book. On one of our last nights Eddie and Kate loaded the family up with hot chocolate and we hopped in the car to cruise around to some neighborhoods to see the Christmas lights, one of my favorite things was seeing Christmas decorations across the country, and it was nothing short of beautiful on the west coast. We prepped the truck made some more room in the back, said our sad goodbyes before the kids left for school then we set sail to Zion National Park in Utah. I cannot thank Eddie and Kate enough for their hospitality, i've said it a million times but they truly made us feel at home. Next up Zion, Salt Lake City, Arches, a few ghost towns and indian petroglyphs.