July 1, 2013

Ocean Adventures

I really shouldn't cram our trip to San Diego into one blog post, but since the event occurred over three months ago, this is as good as it's going to get.  In fact, I'm having a hard time even remembering all the different beaches we visited on our journey along the southern California coast...however, I vividly remember the beautiful San Diego sights, the perfect not-too-hot not-too-cold weather, and my strong desire to reside there permanently. 

After a busy and exhausting few days in Anaheim, our first glimpse of the beautiful Pacific at Laguna Beach was a sight for sore eyes indeed...
This was Macie's first time seeing the ocean and she definitely was more than a little hesitant about getting too close to those crashing waves.  It took quite a bit of coaxing to get her anywhere near the waters edge.
Wyatt on the other hand, was completely fascinated with the water and thoroughly educated us all on waves, tides, currents, and any other ocean/weather related topic he saw fit to discuss.
In fact, we couldn't get him to leave and ended up having to pull a pretend-you're-leaving-your-child-behind-fake-out-drive-away before he could finally pull himself away.
From there we continued down the coast, making a pit stop for fish tacos and flower pickin' along the way... 
We also spent some quality time at Moonlight Beach...
...where after a bit of coercing, Macie finally made her way into the water
In fact, it was at Moonlight Beach in which I made two somewhat amusing discoveries, as documented by the following video:  
1. My children all own an impressive ability to completely ignore their mother. 
2. Macie has some not-so-impressive swimming skills...
Okay and 3. I have a weird goose-call like scream.

Besides getting soaked to the bone (fully clothed) we also enjoyed watching Cole's true beach-bum-persona come out in full force...
Wyatt and Cole were beyond crazy about the milk weeds John insisted they sample before leaving (from a strangers yard, mind you).
My sister and her family just happened to be in San D. at the same time so we were able to meet up for a Mexican dinner before crashing.

The next day we were off to Sea World.  I hate to admit, but at this point, John and I were all theme-parked-out, however the kids thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
Okay, I'll admit, the dolphins were kind of amazing, I even caught John wide-eyed on more than one occasion.
The killer whale show was of course a huge hit with the kids and we all loved seeing the 2-week-old baby Shamu.
As beautiful as the ocean life was, I much preferred watching the expressions of my own wild animals...
Besides the dog and cat show (At Sea World??? I was confused as well.) the kids favorite thing was interacting with the animals...
Though the day started out with a not-so-successful trip to the laundromat (I'll spare you the details), a continental breakfast that ended up being SURPRISE, a ridiculously over-priced buffet, and then there was the meeting between our rental car and a large unyielding cement post...
SOMEHOW it was a good day, well...at least the kids thought so.

We spend much of the next day exploring different beaches in the area.  Our favorite was most definitely La Jolla Cove...
Where we had a blast getting to know these fellows... 
Wyatt again was fascinated by the ocean and tried to document as much as possible...
We spent a good chunk of the day picnicking at Dog Beach, (didn't bring the camera) where the kids spent most of the time building sand castles, what else?  

We ended our trip with an impromptu stop at the beautiful San Diego Temple.
Looking at all these pictures has only further increased my desire to move to San Diego.  I fell in love with this part of the country and can't wait to return.  The kids ask me at least once a week when we can go back...hopefully soon!  Though our entire California vacation was filled with plenty of ups and downs, it was definitely an adventure to remember.

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