Friday, September 07, 2012

Vacation Day 5: Road Trip

SUMMARY: [singsong] We're on our way to Disneyland!

[already 2 days behind on posting. So something brief for Wednesday--]

Three of us drove down together today, Wednesday, from San Jose to Anaheim. Got on the road about 8:45 a.m., just 15 minutes later than planned, and headed south on 101. (Avoiding our usual I-5 route because of construction near the Grapevine.)

We had a great, riotous time in the car, so the 8-hour trip (including lunch and traffic) mostly flew by.

We stopped for lunch at Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. It's a quirky hotel and quirky cafe. Everything in the public building is pretty much pink. Except for their trademark glassware, which comes in about 30 different colors.

Around Santa Barbara, we could see the Channel Islands in the distance--I don't  remember ever noticing them before, but then it's been a long time since I've been down this route instead of down Interstate 5. Also had a clear view of all the oil rigs out in the Pacific along the coast (in this photo, you can just see an oil rig as a vague tiny hulk out the the left of the one island.


THENNNNNN we cleverly managed to hit Los Angeles smack dab in the center of rush hour--and no carpool lanes on the route we traveled, which was to join up with I-5 for the rest of the trip to Anaheim. So despite the highway signs that told us how long the current travel time was to various destinations ahead, the times were off by about 50%. Hum de dum de dum.


And then, not too late in the afternoon, we arrived! Of course I'm doing the short version of all this, but we're staying in the Disneyland Hotel! Where everything is a little different--

Even the palm trees look a while lot different from just about anywhere else.

We then wandered out into Downtown Disney (a fantasy-filled shopping, dining, and entertainment area, where we had dinner, took a lot of photos, listened to some music, and browsed the shops.


And then, to bed. At the Disneyland Hotel. Where the headboards have twinkling fireworks!

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