Tuesday, October 2, 2012

California Trip August 2nd-12th

Imari and I had really been wanting to go on a vacation this summer, and were able to make a trip out to California! We went back and forth on deciding whether we should fly or drive, but it worked out good because my Mother In Law Davyne was planning on going to California this summer as well, and so the Three of us drove together! We left on a Thursday night after we were done with work and stayed with some family in Utah that night. Early Friday morning we were off and on our way! We drove and drove and drove some more. Things that got us by on our drives-Sun Flower Seeds(and lots of them), music and singing, 21 questions, and cross word puzzles on my Kindle. The drive was actually a lot of fun and didn't feel too long. We made it there Friday evening and stayed with Imari's Grandma-Grandma Toots. She is the greatest! 

Highlights of our trip....The next morning on Friday Imari and I took off and headed to Palm Springs. We were able to stay in my Mother in Law's time share at Palm Canyon Resort for two nights. We had a great little get away there, and it is a beautiful place! We spent our days laying out by the pool and swimming, then our nights we would spend out exploring the town, and then at the end of the night we would end it with a nice night swim in the pool. Talk about relaxing! 

Incredibly beautiful being able to see both the mountains and the palm trees. The mountains are so close too, so that was really cool. And we had an awesome pool with a great view! 

Out exploring the town after we were finished eating at Soup Plantation(We ate there every chance we got on our trip, yum). 

 We rode the Aerial Tramway up to the tip top of this mountain. On our way up we go. It  turned out to be so awesome-way better then we thought it would be, and well worth our money! I have never been on anything like that, and let me tell ya, feeling like your dangling that high in the sky is a scary feeling, but such a great view of Palm Springs!
                   My tiny husband standing in front of the tree. This helps give it some perspective

Huge chunks of bark that had fallen off the tree

For the rest of our trip in Cali our days were filled with fun and our nights usually involved Imari having to do a little homework(Darn his online summer semester classes), and curling up on the couch watching the Olympics for a little bit, or watching a movie. 

We also were able to make a trip to Sea World!!! I haven't been for a very long time, and it has definitely improved since I was last there. It was awesome! We both loved it!

Eeks....No thank you

 This was an awesome moment! Imari and I went to the area where they keep the Dolphins in hopes that one would swim up to us so we could touch it. We went a few times but had no luck. I was determined to touch one before we left. Then we went to try again and right when we got there the trainers were there and they had the dolphins swim right by everyone so that everyone standing there could touch it. So this is a picture of me touching it while it swam by. It swam back and forth three times! I turned around so excited to look at Imari and it was the sweetest thing, I could tell how happy he was that I was able to touch it! (Later on I found out that Imari really wanted to buy us a swim with the dolphins. He debated about it for a while before we went-and then about a week before we left he had to pay school tuition and so he was really sad he couldn't get this for me, and that was why he was especially happy that I got to feel the Dolphin!

They had a Spring into night Shamu show. It was so great! It was pretty packed but the front rows/splash zones were completely empty. Imari and I wanted to get a good seat, but didn't want to get wet since it was now dark and cooler. Well in the early shows we noticed this one area wasn't getting wet-it was right by the platform where the whales come up on sometimes. So we thought we were pretty smart, and new how to sit close without getting wet. Well if you look at the picture below you will see that we got SOAKED...Ooops lol! 

We Spent many of our days at the Beach! We just couldn't seem to get enough.  I think my favorite part was the Boogie Boarding, it was so much fun, and we caught some pretty good waves! The best was when we would catch the same wave and see who could ride it the farthest! The weather couldn't of been any better, and our days couldn't of been any sunnier. My favorite was when it would hit about 5:00, the sun would hit the water just right-it was my favorite, it is so pretty there. Imari scared me a few times with how deep he would go-he had to buy fins while we were there, he would go way out past touching distances, which for me, is the no zone. I like to stay where I can easily touch. 

RULE: You never go and swim at the beach without stopping at Rite Aid after for icecream! This is my third time coming to California with Imari and I am definitely learning, and this is a very important thing! One day we even stopped twice to get Rite Aid icecream. This could be why we put on a few lbs!

Walking along the Peir! I love this picture with my sweets! 

While we were there we were able to watch a Pre Season Packers game at the San Diego Stadium-Who Imari's cousin Vic plays for. It was so exciting, and let me tell ya...I  thought I've seen Imari get into football games before but this was something else! It was fun watching him get so excited and so happy for Vic! We are so glad we were able to make it to a game, and hope that it won't be our last! 

We had such a great time and were sad when it was over, but were excited to get back to our tiny little apartment that we call home back in Idaho! California...we will be back soon! 

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