It's hard to believe, but we've been in California for a week now. I've deliberately taken time off from browsing blogs and posting while we've been here. This is a recap of the first part of our trip (lots of photos). We left Rochester very early (a 6 am flight, meaning we were out of the house around 4:30). Luckily we had great flying weather. Our layover was at JFK and we had a great view of Manhattan as we left.
Our flight arrived in San Francisco an hour EARLY! Tracy and Matt kindly waited for me as I ran into the Scrapbook Expo in Pleasanton to meet Howard and Laura of Scrap-Mart. They were just as wonderful in person as they are through the internet, and I got a short look at the fabulous booth they maintain at the scrapbook shows. I also got a demo of the new eclipse electric cutting machine from Sizzix that will soon be released. It's quite impressive!
We arrived at Sarah and Adam's around 3:00. Early the next morning we headed out for Disneyland, making a stop at the Getty Center on our way. The Getty Center is truly amazing, and we didn't begin to see all of the art and exhibits. The architecture and gardens alone are worth the trip, but we also enjoyed the photography exhibits and the small, but lovely, collection of Impressionist art.
It was time for dinner by the time we finished at The Getty Center so we drove up to Malibu and found Dukes. We had an window table, a delightful waitress, and the food was great.
We spent the next two days at Disneyland and California Adventure. All five of us had a great time, proving that you don't have to be a kid to enjoy Disney! I'm not a big fan of amusement-type rides, but the kids actually got me on Space Mountain which I have to say was my favorite ride of all. I did skip the big roller coasters, the very tall Ferris Wheel, and the Tower of Terror in California Adventure, though.
The entrance to Disneyland. Everything about Disney is clean and well-maintained. The flower gardens everywhere were beautiful.
There were plenty of rides that were not at all scary, but delightful even for adults.
The family portrait in front of Cinderella's castle.
The first day I was quite disappointed as we saw no Disney characters. When we were at Disney World many years ago, Mickey, Minnie, and friends were everywhere. Finally on Tuesday, we got to see quite a few of them, but only Adam (who had to leave early to get home for a meeting) got his photo taken with one.
Sarah, Tracy, Matt, and I stayed on in California Adventure until lunchtime. We had a lovely lunch in Disney Town, and then drove over to the coast. It probably wasn't our best idea as it added several hours to the trip home. We did have a great dinner in Morro Bay and were there for the sunset.
And my two great kids. It's been so nice to have everyone together. They are great travelers, make us laugh a lot, and are truly flexible and easy-going. It's been a great trip so far. More to come . . .