My Mom and nephew Avri made the flight to visit us a few weeks ago (prior to the new carry-on policy). I’ve finally posted pictures in the gallery of our time together. It was nice to spend several days relaxing and catching up with both my Mom and Avri. As you can see, hours were spent in the water. I am pretty sure Avri permenently wrinkled by the time he left. Paul’s shirts are now un-wrinkled thanks to Mom’s ironing addiction. Mom de-wrinkled all of Paul’s 36 dress shirts. We had to buy her more startch to support her ironing habit.
We also made the trek up to LA on the Coaster to go to Disneyland on Thursday. I’ve been told the train was the way to travel to LA and I see now why. The majority of the trip was full of beautiful beach scenes, the time was an hour and a half (by car I’ve never heard of it taking less than 2 hours on a good day) and you can nap on the way back when you’re exausted from a day of walking.
Avri mastered amusement park navigation and we were fortunate to arrive so early at the park that there was almost no one else on Tom Sawyer’s Island so Avri got to play in the caves and treehouses with his Uncle Paul and Aunt Amy which made it feel like the whole Island was his. We rode on the Pirates of the Carribian, went on the Amazon jungle safari, climbed Tarzan’s treehouse, rode the start wars ride, Indiana Jones and more – all before lunch. They started to blur together at that point.
I think the highlight for Avri was the experience on Tom Sawyer’s Isalnd and meeting Goofy – right after getting a Goofy hat from his Uncle Paul. For Mom, it was probably Indiana Jones – even though the ride stopped and we got stuck in the dark for a while. I was shocked that she liked such a crazy ride. She’d getting braver these days The Buzz Light Year Ride was one of my favorite. They give you a lazer gun and control over your spaceship so you shoot at things as you go through and see your points tallied up. It was very fun – especially because I had the high score. After you get done, they let you plub in your email and it sends you a photo of yourself and your co-piolet with your scores. No more paying for – or carrying around photos. I was impressed. In the “Ants” 3D show, they dropped giant spider’s from the ceiling and ran crawly things along your back to feel like bugs. The interaction was cool and a suprise to everyone.
There was little line at the Pirates ride and we used the fast pass system to avoid most others. The fast pass made our longest line a 20 minute wait – and usually considerably less at otehr places. I was impressed at how clean – and intricate each details of the buildinggs and landscapign were. It was very well thought out. In contract, Disey’s California Theme Park was less ornate – less imaginative in it’s detail and less thourough in creating teh experience. It felt like the plans drawn up were for a place to look like Disnelyland – but all the great details were value engineered in the constrcution process.
We slept in Saturday morning and then Paul and Avri made pasta from scratch, we took a nap (or tried), swam some more and then after teaching Avri how to make Alfredo from scratch, we all ate the culinary masterpiece. Sunday was for more swimming and intense lago construction – but with some friends who brought their 7-year-old for Avri to play with. We had a lovely bar-b-que and then Monday it was off to the airport.
Thanks for coming. We’ve still got all kinds of un-touched adventures out here. There’s sea world, legoland, 6 Flags, ocean cave canoe trips, the wilderness safari so we need you to come back next summer and we’ll try something else.