I am a spur of the moment person. I like to pick up and go and do things when my head tells me to and thus our latest trip to San Diego. It started as a trip to Moab but then we found out that the Jeep Safari was going and it was almost impossible to get a hotel room so I looked a little further south and west and we ended up in San Diego. The sun, the beach, the theme parks. Wednesday morning was spent on the internet booking hotels and buying tickets for different places and we were off! We left Thursday morning in our little zoomer, crazy 14hours in the car. The kids were great during the drive, not once they asked to go potty or to stop (and no, they didn't watch tv either, they just played with their LeapPads). We told them ahead of time that it would take all day long...probably when the stars came out we would arrive to our destination. They didn't ask the "are we there yet" as they knew that we were in for a looong drive. They were so good and were so excited about our little vacation. They are like Mom and like to do things spontaneously.
We stayed at a great hotel for our first night. The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort --2 pools, one of them an olympic size pool for me to swim, 3 hot tubs, kids playgrounds, game room, and a good enough gym. It was also very well located, right next to Legoland and SeaLife. We loved our stay at this hotel, the villa we stayed at was fully furnished and even a little kitchennette where we found popcorn and hot chocolate. Lovely place!
The first day we visited SeaLife to see the ocean critters up close. The children enjoyed looking at the octopus and the rays the most. Did you know that Octopus have 3 hearts and they have blue blood? We didn't know, quite interesting facts! We were also quite impressed by the Swordfish speed--60mph! Those things are fast!
After Sealife, we headed to the Carlsbad beach. It was the kids' first time seeing the ocean and I had been looking forward to this day for a very long time. I grew up by the beach and I wanted my kids to see what it was like. Their little eyes popped big and their little mouths dropped open as they exclaimed "Wow, it is big!" I loved it! It was exactly what I was expecting. I can't wait for them to see all the wonders of the world.
Part II coming up next...