California Vacation

Sticking to habit I’m now running a month overdue for this post as we were on vacation in Dana Point from September 25 – October 3rd.  Yup we’ve been back a month.  We had a wonderful trip even though the area had their hottest temperatures on record so we had little respite from Arizona heat.  It was a wonderful busy week and even though when we all drove over we had colds and John had the tail end of tonsillitus by about midway through the week we were all fit and healthy. 

We drove across on Saturday and stopped off at the Premier Outlets just outside Palm Springs.  On the Sunday we drove to Beverly Hills so that we could go to The Grove Shopping area in order that Kirsten could visit the American Girl store.  We ended up in the store at both the start and the finish as Kirsten was so over excited that the first time in the store all she wanted to do was go up the escalators, run through the store and down the other side and then out again.  When we finished going round the shopping district we offered Kirsten the opportunity to go back to the store and this time she had a lot more fun and came out with a doll of her own.   The rest of the week included a trip to Legoland.  Some of you will remember we went there last year.  This time was more for Kirsten to take a quick look at everything again and enjoy some of the rides.  She also got her first bee sting so we had the park medics check her out.  Once she’d been given a giant plaster (band aid) she was happy again.  Next up was a trip to Disneyland.  8 hours round the park and there was still plenty to see and do even with a toddler.  Kirsten loved it and by the end of the day was so exhausted that she fell asleep in the car and then on the floor right inside the front door of the condo.  We all got to meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and many more.  We bought ourselves a 2 day park hopper ticket so we went back 2 days later and spent the morning in California Adventure and then the afternoon in Disneyland again so that Kirsten could go to the Princess Parade and she met Jasmine (Aladdin), Snow White and Cinderella too.

We finished out the week with a cruise from the local wharf to see the dolphins.  It was beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.  It involved going out on a large catamaran for 2 hours and within minutes of leaving the harbour we came across some dolphins.  It was amazing and as there were only 10 of us on the cruise, 3 of which were children under the age of 7 we got to see it through their eyes.  We saw 3 types of dolphin:  the common dolphin (small); the bottlenose dolphin (larger and as seen at Sea World etc) and in the distance we also saw some Rizzo dolphins but unlike the previous 2 they didn’t want to play with the boat but preferred to keep themselves to themselves.  Not that I blamed them.  It was amazing to see the difference in size between the common dolphin and the bottlenose.  One of them was only about 150lbs and the other was probably up to 10 times that size.  Then the rizzo was more white than grey.  Apparently the older they get the more white they become.  It is definitely something we will do again.

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