Seven Quick Takes: The Last Big Trip We Had Edition

Welcome to Seven Quick Takes Friday, hosted by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary. Be sure to head over to her site to see all the other Quick-Takers.

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I can tell it’s been a while since we’ve had a really big trip somewhere because my Photo Stream on the iPad is starting to cut off the beginning of our California trip. Since we leave in a few weeks to go to South Dakota to visit family and (God willing) the Black Hills, I thought I would share some pictures from our trip to the West Coast.

Right near where we stayed, there was a really pretty little church with Perpetual Adoration inside and a gigantic statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary outside. You can see her from the highway, if you look that direction.

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It’s Our Lady of Peace Shrine, and they had Confession going on until it was time for the noon Mass.

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Since we were staying in the Silicone Valley area, how could we miss the Computer History Museum? It was fascinating to see the kinds of computers my father programmed when I was a little girl, and my girls got to assist with punching cards and running them!

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One of my favorite things that they had was a collection of buttons with all kinds of slogans and computer puns on them:

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And the other thing I loved was seeing the storage devices we used to use. I have a clear memory of needing to get a floppy disk in the 7th grade, and Mr. Frizo told us that we could split it because $12 was a lot to spend on one. After all, we were only going to be able to get one of the school’s three Apple IIe computers about once a week for about an hour at a time.

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~three~

The next cool thing we did was to go to the Tech Museum of Innovation, where we got to see a lot of original Star Wars props and costumes! (Our membership in our local science museum, which includes the passport option, got us into the main museum for free, and we got group discount pricing on the exhibit and the IMAX movie.)

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I know there was a lot of cool science stuff there, too, but this was pretty epic.

My other favorite thing was this light wall that had a sensor from X-Box on it. It would make light patterns based on your movement, including how close you stood to it. I had my younger daughter dance in front of it.

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After the museum, I couldn’t resist going to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, which was right up the street.

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We also took a driving tour of San Francisco, which included a trip to Muir Woods, where we saw giant redwood trees.

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We also got to get a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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And we toured several missions, since our younger daughter had just finished studying Blessed Junipero Serra.

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~seven~

And, for the first time, the girls and I got to put our feet into the Pacific Ocean.

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