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California Trip: Day 3

This morning, our second of the big California trip, we actually SLEPT. No more tossing and turning for the Catholic Peeps all night long with messed up internal clocks, because exhaustion finally set in and completely wiped us out for the night. In which case, waking up and getting a move on was that much harder, yet we succeeded and took off for more west coast adventures. And what an adventurous day we had! Here’s how it went:

  • Point Loma – Finally, something for the grown-ups in the group! Not only did we see the coast, but we witnessed breathtaking views of San Diego and the local naval base.
  • Sea World – even though we’d already visited SW in Orlando 5 years ago, the entertainment was nothing less than spectacular in San Diego. Our faves? The Shamu and Dolphin shows, fins down. Did I already say SPECTACULAR? No exaggeration there for us, especially since we sat ourselves in the Soak Zone, named that way for reasons we found out quickly. (Tidal waves. Seriously.)
  • LEGO Land: Day 2 – We really did purchase 2-day passes to this park, especially since it was the primary reason for our visit. So heading back to LEGO Land was a must-do before leaving California, thus our second trip back. With closing hours at 8:00 pm, we had @1+ hrs to take care of missed rides/activities. And you know what? We experienced the best visit of all, with shorter lines, fun ride facilitators who made us scream “Ghost Busters!” when prompted with “Who ya gonna call?”. Not only that, but one of the Picture People gave us a huge discount on the photo we’d taken in the Coaster Saurus ride, probably because we looked so freakishly odd with our funny faces. (Photo to be posted soon!)
  • Oceanside Beach – Thanks to that faithful Garmin of mine, we located the first Californian Subway sandwich shop of the vacation, a place we’ve truly missed since leaving home. And the visit did not disappoint! Those sandwiches gave the Catholic Peeps just enough energy to visit the beach before bedtime, a relaxing (albeit a little cool for my standards) way to end a perfect vacation day.

Next Stop: San Diego Zoo, etc.

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On With Plan B

After a restless night of sleep thanks to jumping back 2 timezones, the family and I hopped in the rental car and headed over to Oceanside pier to witness all kinds of surfing and fishing action before making our way over to that magical destination: LEGO Land. Because unfortunately, the LEGO attraction didn’t open until 10 a.m., and we needed to waste a couple of hours. But it was all good – we actually educated ourselves in the art of surfing the waves and catching fish before all of that LEGO fun.

Ok, well sort of. As much as a person could be educated by standing there looking anyway. What a life these people lead – that’s all I can say!

So anyway, spending the day at LEGO Land turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment, with Catholic Son announcing, “I’m getting kind of bored.” midway through our visit. Well yeah, I could see his point after standing in long lines for most of the primo rides… and after waiting too long to eat lunch, then having to change tables when bees invaded our food. That would pretty much suck in anyone’s book, IMHO.

So what’s a family to do? Head for the beach, get soaking wet while crashing the waves, dirty up oneself while building the most humongous sand castle ever created on the beach, then watch as said castle gets smashed to smithereens after the tide creeps higher.

Now THAT’S the vacation I’m talking about.
(image of beach here later – photo upload issues in hotel)

Lego My Vacation

Dreams really do come true, at least Catholic Son thinks so now that his dream to visit LEGOLAND California is finally coming to fruition. He’s only been asking to visit that place ever since LEGO started sending him discount passes back when he was still in diapers. Seriously. Those fine LEGO people sure know how to nail that particular market, now don’t they? No worries, because with so many amazing visitor ‘hot spots’ we can’t very well go wrong with a San Diego vacation. And there’s always the beach factor!

Anyway, being the Family Activity Director, I’ve been quite the busy camper making arrangements for this exciting addition to our summer agenda. The best part? Visiting the library and Barnes & Noble to find a few swanky travel guides. Personally, I’ve had the best experience with Frommer’s and DK Eyewitness Travel guides (prepped for Las Vegas, Paris, London & Italy using those) and today’s finds did not disappoint. So now we’re all happily flipping through these ‘lil gems:

Note to self: Silver Strand State Beach, NOT Black’s Beach. California can stand to do without a glimpse of the Catholic Family’s shiny white buns basking in the sun, thanks very much.