Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts

our mid-winter vacation to San Diego

Last week we spent some time in sunny San Diego, California. As you will see we didn't really see much of the sun while we were there (good for southern California, not so good for our vacation). We did manage to get to do a lot of fun things, some indoors, while we were there. We also packed all of our rain gear, so we were ready for whatever kind of precipitation we had to deal with. In fact, I think we were more prepared than 90% of the people we saw. Most everyone else was still walking around in flip flops and sweatshirts in the pouring rain. Rain is an oddity for San Diego.

But I digress, here are a few photos and tidbits from our trip.

First stop, Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

This was our first day in San Diego and while it was nice to get out and explore, it was also Inauguration Day. Which, in all honesty, I would have liked to watch some of that momentous day on live television. However, one of the blessings of the modern age is that we were able to go back to the hotel and find it all online. I got to stare at baby seahorses while the rest of the country either celebrated or cried. Baby seahorses are much more calming. :)

The next day we met my brother at the San Diego Zoo and dodged some more rain clouds.

Haha, I love this picture.

The next few days we spent exploring Balboa Park, checked out the Fleet Science Center (more on that tomorrow), and took a detour to Point Loma. There are loads of things to do in and around San Diego, so it wasn't hard to find good activities for us and the kids.

Chris had a lot of fun jumping around on the rocks.

On our last day in California, we had planned on going to Legoland, which was right near our hotel and a great activity for a (finally) sunny day. As it turns out, and only as we discovered the morning of, Legoland is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the winter. Bummer.

After a quick change of plans, we decided to drive north and go to Disneyland instead! Not a bad switch, right?

 "Mom, what is that giant duck doing hugging my sister?"

My favorite ride was closed! It's A Small World was closed for repair...

p.s. It may look like Elinor hates us and/or Disneyland, but she really did have a good time. I like to think that she 'suffers no fools'.

I'm just finishing up our video, which is my favorite part of coming home from a trip. I should have it ready later this week!

north to Alaska

Well, you might have thought I had given up on this whole blogging thing recently, but I'm back!  I took a much needed break from the internet and work to travel with my family to Alaska.  We took an eight day trip through the Kenai Peninsula and points in between. 

Alaska is a beautiful state and definitely worth visiting.  It's an expensive plane flight and pretty spendy to visit, but the views are amazing and the people are nice too.  The picture above was one of the few days we had sunshine and for most of the rest of the trip it was drizzly and cool.  A nice switch up from the summer heat in the lower 48.

We saw glaciers, moose, massive halibut, whales, sea otters, fireweed, and plenty of friendly faces.  It was fun traveling with my brothers, sister-in-law, nephews, neices, and parents.  Chloe got to meet more of her family and started picking up names and had games with each one of them.

Here are a few photos from our adventures.  I might post a few more later this week or next when my Dad sends over his (blue ribbon winning at the Idaho State Fair) pictures.

We went on a sea life / whale watching tour out of Seward.  A lot of Alaskans fish and make their living from the sea, so it was neat to experience the ocean for a while.  We saw otters, seals, sea lions, and a few whales.  However, our little family of three all managed to get sea sick and lose our lunch/breakfast.  Despite all of this, I did have a good time, though Chloe slept on my lap almost the entire 6 hours.

We got to cruise up to the Holgate glacier and listen to the massive wall of ice groan for a while.  There were little bergy bits (real word, I promise) floating in the light blue water.  And the ocean was calm in the fjord, our little stomachs were thankful of that.

Homer is one of my new favorite places in AK.  This was my first time to Homer since our previous trip was on a cruise ship and Homer doesn't have a big enough harbor to park those monster ships.

We got to go on a water taxi across the bay to the Kachemak Bay State Park. We had a great hike.  Thanks to grandma and my husband for watching the little one!

My brothers, Jaime and David.  David decided he'd had enough of the pictures, until he took one with his daughter.  

 Here's my Dad and I. 

Alright, I'm sure you're pictured out.  I'll probably post a few more later this week. 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful August and enjoying the sunshine!