Yes we went on a real vacation! It was a lot of fun. First we went to South Lake Tahoe for a few days and witnessed the beginning of the Angora Fire. We went biking and hiking most of the time. We parked at Camp Richardson and biked to the southern tip of Fallen Leaf Lake. There we tried to get a kayak to take on the lake, but it was "too windy" - they wouldn't rent them for the day. So we biked back and went to Emerald Bay where we hiked Cascade Falls. On our hike, we noticed the fire. By the end of the hike, we were very tired, so we called it a day. The picture above is South Shore at sunset (before the fire started). Tahoe is a beautiful and fun outdoor place.
After Tahoe, we traveled a long ways to Monterey. The west bound highways from South Lake Tahoe were closed due to the fire, so we had to go all the way up to Reno and down I-80 to Monterey. We stayed at the Bide-A-Wee inn in Pacific Grove. It is about 1 block from the ocean and 1 block from PG's municipal golf course (which looked awesome). We biked from PG to Pebble Beach and back along the waterfront. If you want beautiful views do this! The next day we just chilled and went to the aquarium then shopped the outlets.
After all that, we are a little tired, but it was worth it.