Brittany & Roxie check out the California sunrise
somewhere between LA and San Diego, just waking up after a long night
We took Britt's new VW Passat on the trip. Our two vehicles are up over 100K miles and besides, she wanted to try out her new baby on the road. It is a very nice car. The three people in the back had great leg and head room. We just rubbed shoulders a lot!
She and Dee were our drivers for the long night. They crashed pretty fast at Diana's place.
Umm...Roxie crashed too, although I don't know why! She slept most of the way anyway!
Later, at the hotel in Anaheim she checked out the sun and palm trees for the first time through the sun roof. We had left dreary, rainy weather and cold temps behind in Utah. This was going to be amazing!!
We stayed at the Residence Inn Main Gate Hotel. It is a very nice, family and pet friendly place!
We had a townhouse suite that slept 8. The best part for Louie was the stairway!
We checked out the hotel pool right away. It was record breaking heat in the LA area that week. Of course it was! 104 the next day! I was in heaven but my family nearly died! There was just something so familiar about that heat hitting my bare legs in waves rising off of the pavement...it felt like home!
Lucas has always been a little fishie. He is not afraid of the water at all. This, of course, thrills our family full of swimmers, coaches, life guards, and swim lesson instructors!
Ladies and gentlemen...
Here are all five of my children in the same place and the same time!!
I was very happy!
This is the next morning after we arrived, getting ready to go to the park.
Here are the original Loose's, Nick and Lucas were still in the hotel room.
Richard, Me, Britt, Sarah, Rachel, Diana, Dee
Day One at the park we went to California Adventure first. Since out last visit in 2007 there were four new attractions we wanted to ride. Nick hot-footed it over the the Fast Pass line for the Radiator Springs Racers while the rest of us went to A Bug's Land (which we had been to before, just not with Lucas!)
Aunt Sarah, Pa, & Gram rode Flik's Fliers with Lucas. We got to sit in the raisin box! When we were done Lucas made the ASL sign for "more". So cute!!
Ariel's Under the Sea Adventure was new to us as well. I must say, if it's a hot day, this attraction has the best A/C in the park!
Cars Land is so awesome! It is like all of our family road trips from my childhood combined! Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, California...they did a great job!
With all of the neon, red rock, art deco buildings, it has a real Route 66 feel.
The racer ride was SO FUN!!
I got to sit in the driver's seat...Look! No hands!
I managed to hold on to my sunglasses though!
Feeling bombarded with photos?
I'm not done yet! See you next time!