Somewhere between Regina and Denver we had a beautiful view up above the clouds.
We arrived late Thursday night so in the morning we scouted out a place for breakfast and found some cool photo ops around the resort. We stayed at The Lawrence Welk Resort in a beautiful condo (bigger and nicer than our house, I never wanted to leave).
A note fountain. Ha. Neat and good for tourists to take photos of.
Day 1 we took in Lego Land and true to form, these guys did not go on one single ride. They do not take after me.
They did enjoy the Star Wars exhibit however.
Over 10,000 pieces went into this Millennium Falcon. It was about 3 feet long. That's a lot of Lego. And also, how do I get a job playing with Lego?
Captain Rex is a favourite of these two. They are Star Wars fans but they really love Star Wars The Clone Wars best. What the difference? I haven't a clue but they sure seem to know.
There was a mini San Fransisco and I enjoyed Lombard St without having to actually walk it. Boot camp on the hill anyone?
For Granddaddy. He's even doing the hand thingy.
Day 2 we hung out at the resort because um, they had this, beside a beautiful pool surrounded by hills and it was a beautiful day. Oh yes. It was lovely. The boys loved the spray apparatus above. It had 6 pails up in the air that would fill with water and randomly dump it over their heads. Personally, that sounds like hell but what do I know?
9am. We had the place to ourselves so I relaxed on a lounge chair whilst they frolicked in the pool. (I may be channeling my inner British side)
They only got out to eat. And when their eyes were bloodshot. Even the salt water pools irritate the eyes. And it dries the tar out of our skin. We have to shower and slather on the moisturizer. Is it just us? I thought these salt water pools were supposed to be so much better.
Later that night, we took a drive to the coast to see the ocean. It was not swimming weather, rather what I would call chilly. I see why people wear wet suits to surf in California. We kept chuckling that it was hotter back home in Canada than in California.
I love how sometimes pictures do not tell the real story. We probably only spent 15 min at the beach and I have the most pictures from there. It's was cold so we went off in search of ice cream and for me? Fish tacos. Oh yes. I am currently obsessed with fish tacos and where better to get them than a California beach town. They were good and I even shared them with Jay.
Apparently waves are exciting. If that doesn't make you laugh, I don't know what will.
It wasn't much of a beach, more of a jetty. High tide I think?
Can you guess who was less than thrilled about posing for a family photo? So using this one on his wedding day.
Day 3 we had to bid our glorious condo goodbye. The conference I was attending was downtown, more than an hour's drive away so we moved to that hotel. It cost the same and we had one room, two queen beds vs. two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room and kitchen. I guess you pay for location?
The zoo happened to be on the way so we spent the day touring around and saw about 1/3 of it. It's huge!
Our favourites were the elephants and the giraffes. So neat to see them up close and personal like that.
I was in awe of the plants or in this case the cactus. That is the size of a tree. Honest to goodness a first for me. The ones that grow on my parents land are the size of a small ball. I love experiencing the differences in landscape when we travel. California is really beautiful in so many ways.
These were in the lot as we waked to the car at the zoo. The flowers look like daisies but the plant is not like the daisies we have. So pretty regardless.
This was on a tree and the bloom is the size of my hand. So neat.
A view of our hotel downtown. It was located adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center which was hosting Comicon. We saw some, um, interesting people that night.
And about 5 Batmobiles. There was one for each Batman movie ever made. I think they were the real thing, but really who cares, so neat to see. I couldn't care less about Batman movies but even I thought this was cool.
I swear that guy is the Penguin. Jay didn't think so but now that I see the picture, I think it even more.
Snapped this one on my phone while lounging in my hoodie by the pool. Too cold to swim for me! The breeze off the water was chilly.
This is already Day 6. I was in the conference on Day 4 and 5 and apparently I am the only one who takes pictures. The boys hit SeaWorld, the Science Center and the Museum of Space and Aviation without me.
The last night we headed over to Petco Park to watch some MLB - the boys first game ever.
The Padres won and it was a pretty exciting game. We all enjoyed it.
It was our first time in California and we enjoyed it. I have to say that travelling is so much fun with these three.