Archive | February, 2013

Camping on the Beach at Camp Pendleton

20 Feb

Sunset while Driving

Those are two of the pictures I took while Joseph and I drove home from the San Diego Zoo along the coast through La Jolla.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  They were taken from inside the car while moving so you’ll have to ignore the window glares and part of the car in the top right corner.

Thursday was Valentine’s Day.  As you all know, I just looove that holiday.  Hah.  Well good news is that Joshua and Lori don’t really celebrate it either so it was nice to know we weren’t intruding on their date night or anything.  Lori had the awesome idea to take us camping on the beach one night while we were in town so we decided Thursday night would be perfect.  They have a little RV so we loaded it up and drove it out to Camp Pendleton, which is a Marine Corps Base in California about 30 minutes from their house.  Lori, Joseph, me, Chloe and their two dogs – Dixie and Tucker – drove out to the camp grounds that afternoon and Joshua came to meet us out there after he got off work.

When we got there, we set up the campsite which of course included the washer boards.

Chloe played with us too!

Chloe played with us too!

We took a walk down the beach for a little while just in awe of the beautiful view.

Walking on Beach

As the sun began to set, we headed back to the campsite to begin making dinner.  Lori threw the potatoes and corn into the oven and Joseph lit the charcoal on the grill for our steaks.  Joshua showed up so we took some pictures of everyone while the sun was still setting.

Ignore my face...we were camping, not hitting a night on the town so I didn't get dressed up or put on make-up.  Believe it or not, my hair was actually straight before we got there.

Ignore my face…we were camping, not hitting a night on the town so I didn’t get dressed up or put on make-up. Believe it or not, my hair was actually straight before we got there…

Joseph grilled the steaks then the boys threw the hot coals into the fire pit.  They started the fire to burn off all the trash that was in there because we were planning on making Brown Bears/Cinnamon Sugar Springs for dessert.  When the fire was burning, it was smoking pretty heavily because of the trash (and fires tend to smoke..shocker) but the wind was blowing in the perfect direction to send all of the smoke to our table.  We decided to save our lungs and eat in the RV, even though the sunset was pretty but we figured it would go down before we were done eating and we would be left in the dark anyways.

Chloe didn’t seem to mind eating inside at all though. 🙂

Chloe Eating

Isn’t she cute?

After dinner the boys finished burning off the trash in the fire and we made Brown Bears.  (If you missed my post explaining what Brown Bears are and how to make them, here you go.)  It had gotten so cold after the sun went down that I completely forgot to take pictures because I was focused on keeping warm and cooking my biscuit.  Joshua tried to lay Chloe down to sleep while we were outside so she would be sound asleep by the time we were ready for bed.  Chloe was having none of that.  She wouldn’t fall asleep!  She watched some Veggie Tales, nothing.  Tucked her in, nothing.  Put her in bed and left her in the RV while we stood outside by the campfire, nothing but screaming and crying.  We finished up our Brown Bears and were going to play dominoes on the picnic table but it was so cold and Chloe was finally quiet(er) so we decided just to call it a night.

Oh I forgot to mention that we decided not to use the restroom in the RV because we didn’t want to have to deal with dumping the tank afterwards since we were only going to be there for one night.  The campground had permanent restrooms but we had to walk a pretty good distance up stairs and all that to get there.  For those of you who don’t know, I have the smallest bladder EVER.  We had gotten Sonic drinks on our way into the military base and it was starting to really hit me.  It never fails that I have to wake up in the middle of the night to get up to go to the restroom and I was in a slight panic because if that happened tonight, that meant I would have to go ALL THE WAY to the campground’s restrooms in the middle of the super dark night, in the cold, by myself.  I asked Joseph if he would wake up and walk with me if I had to go and he said, “No. Go now.” (He was being extra sweet for Valentine’s Day…)  I went twice for good measure before falling asleep so I thought I would be fine.  Around midnight (which was barely even after we had really fallen asleep), Chloe woke up crying so I woke up and realized that I needed to pee yet again.  I thought maybe it was just a mental thing so I convinced myself that I didn’t have to go.  I woke up at 1, then 2, and every hour until around 5:30 when Joseph wakes me up and asks if I had to go to the bathroom because he had to!  I couldn’t wake him but he decides to wake me?!  How is that fair?!  I didn’t get mad at him though because I needed to go anyways and this gave me a walking buddy.

Joshua had to get up early to leave for work but the rest of us went back to bed for a little while and I woke up to little Chloe staring at me.  It was probably the best thing to wake up to ever.

She liked wearing my shoes

She liked wearing my shoes

She is just too cute (minus the crying in the middle of the night while we are all in an RV).  We all got up and I bundled up and walked outside to gorgeous, warm weather.  Nothing like the night before.  It was nuts.  We changed out of our jackets and pants and into t-shirts and shorts.

There was a pretty neat park with swings, slides, and all kinds of cool contraptions so we decided to take Chloe over there to play.

I think Joseph had just as much fun as Chloe

I think Joseph had just as much fun as Chloe

After the park, we picked up the campsite and loaded the RV to head back to the house.  It was the first time I had been camping on the beach and definitely the first time I had been camping with someone under 2 years old but we had a blast!  It was definitely one highlight of our trip!  I was happy that we were able to spend some time on the beach because even if it’s still winter, how can you go all the way to California and not go to the beach?

San Diego Zoo

19 Feb

Once we were back from Big Bear, Joseph and I decided that we were going to take a full day to go to the San Diego Zoo.

**WARNING:  I took a ridiculous amount of pictures so be prepared for a cuteness overload if you continue reading down**

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I’ve heard nothing but great things about the San Diego Zoo and that it was huge and you needed plenty of time to go.  Lori took Joseph’s parents and brother to the airport on Tuesday while we watched Chloe so we decided to wait until Wednesday to go so we would have the entire day.  Wednesday morning we woke up, got dressed and ready to go, made lunches and headed off to the zoo!  I was filled with little kid excitement because everyone knows what’s at the zoo that I love so much. 🙂 actually I love all animals but of course I was most excited to see the elephants…shocker.

When we walked up to the entrance, guess what we saw first?

An Elephant Plant!!

An Elephant Plant!!

We hadn’t even made it into the entrance gates before I got to see an elephant!  Sure, it was a plant but still…it got me even more excited.  AND to top it off, when we bought our tickets (by the way Lori is awesome because she has a membership to the SD Zoo and she gets little coupons and gave us two for discounted tickets so we only had to pay $15 each rather than the $30 or $45 that it normally costs) guess what the tickets were?

An Elephant and a Panda!!

An Elephant and a Panda!!

The two animals I was most excited to see!  Joseph argued with me saying he had dibs on the elephant ticket but he was just trying to ruffle my feathers.  Judge me if you will but every time I go to the Houston Zoo I cross my fingers that I will get an elephant ticket and for my ENTIRE life, it has yet to happen there.  But apparently the San Diego Zoo got wind that was making an appearance and decided to have everything turn out perfectly because it was the best zoo trip ever.  Don’t believe me?  Just wait.

First of all, I had been warned at how big the zoo was but I didn’t really grasp that whole concept.  I wish I would have had a pedometer on to see how far we actually walked because we were dying at the end of the day.  Take a look at the trail we took.

(Follow the ghetto red arrows)

Yes I did this in paint.  Don't judge me.

Yes I did this in paint. Don’t judge me. (click on the picture to enlarge)

When we went through the gates, we saw a sign that said “Baby Panda viewing from 9:30-12.”  It was about 9:45/10am so we decided to make our way to do that.  We saw a lady holding something and talking into a headset so we decided to pit stop and take a look.

Beautiful Owl

Beautiful Owl

The owl was fixated on a balloon floating in the air WAY far away.  We could barely see it in the sky but he didn’t blink the entire time we stood there.

We grabbed a map (see picture above) and took a right where we came across a small duck pond.  Joseph was pumped.  It was rather adorable how excited he was about all the different kinds of ducks, even if he did keep saying, “I wish I had my shotgun.”  But that’s besides the point.  He had me take a lot of pictures and we stayed there for about 20 minutes so he could read the info about all the different ducks and watch them for a little bit.

Ducks

Mallard Ducks, Mandarin Ducks, Wood Ducks, and some type of Geese

We continued on up Sun Bear Trail where we found all of the bears and the otter to be sleeping so we passed rather quickly in order to get to the baby panda viewing.  There was a pretty long line but we didn’t care because we wanted to see the little panda seeing as this was the only opportunity I would have to see one in person.  The line moved pretty quickly and we could see through the fence that he was hanging out where we could barely see him.  By the time we got inside he was hiding behind his mother and I was dying to see him.  I whispered for him to come out (the lady talking about the pandas said they are very sensitive to noise and to be quiet…even if the baby fell from the tree like a rag doll because they can handle it…not to scream, or laugh, or gasp loudly and that it happens all the time. yes, I secretly wished I could have witnessed a fall).  Just about that time, he popped out from behind his mother so I was able to take some pictures of him.

Bottom left is the Dad, the rest are the Baby with the Mom

Bottom left is the Dad, the rest are the Baby with the Mom

The woman said that he was about 6 months old and weighed just around 20 pounds!  Too cute!  After seeing the baby and the mom, we walked over to see the Dad, Gao-Gao.  He happens to be the only male breeding panda outside of China!  The woman talking about him said that during mating season, in order to impress the female, he stands up on his front paws and puts his butt and hind feet high into the air because he is shorter than a lot of other male pandas.  I thought that was pretty funny.

After the pandas, we saw the birds of prey but none were in very good positions to get good pictures.  It actually kind of made me sad because they didn’t really have room to fly in their cages.  Plus, they didn’t have a bald eagle like the Houston Zoo so I wasn’t that impressed.  We carried on into the Polar Rim to see the polar bears and arctic fox!

Polar Bears

One polar bear was sun-bathing, one was swimming, and the other was playing with a large white barrel.  He would fill it up with water then pounce on it to shoot the water out of the side.  It was too cute!  What was weird is that he was looking down the whole time until I said, “I wish he would look up so I could see his face,” and he did.

When we walked by the arctic fox he was running around in his pen and was along the other side of the wall and I said, “He needs to come over here and be still so I can take a picture for Mom.”  (Mom likes watching nature shows about foxes and those kinds of things…)  And guess what the little guy did?

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He came right up to the edge of the pen where I was and stopped with just enough time for me to take a picture of him.  I swear I am the San Diego Zoo Animal Whisperer.

Next we walked over to see the koalas, wallabies, and a maned wolf with really long legs.  This thing was about 4.5 feet tall.

Koala and friends

Next we walked into the Elephant Odyssey.  They had weird elephant art through the ages and fossils of the animals found in Southern California way back when mammoths ruled the land…Oh and a massive elephant statue!

Elephant Art

We walked past the lions and Joseph had to take the picture of him for me because he was laying behind a big boulder that I couldn’t see over.  There was also an interesting warning on his cage…

How mad would you be if you were sprayed with King of the Jungle urine??

How mad would you be if you were sprayed with King of the Jungle urine??

We walked by the Jaguar pen and there was a side with glass instead of the fencing.  As I was walking up, so was a smaller Jaguar.  She was sniffing the ground and I squatted down on her level.  I was about 3 feet away from her with only a piece of glass in between and it was awesome.  I told her to look up because I wanted a picture of her face and guess what she did?  Obeyed the SDZ Animal Whisperer!  Check out this shot!

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And that’s without any zoom!  I’m pretty sure that was her thinking that if the glass wasn’t there, she would make me into her lunch but I didn’t care because she was beautiful and I got a great picture out of it!

We continued on to the elephants and of course I was super excited.  They were further away than the exhibit at the Houston Zoo so it was hard to get a good picture but when we walked around the back side, the handlers were bringing one of the females, Mary, into a pen to take a blood sample for some research.  They apparently send off their blood every two weeks to some scientists that are doing elephant research but didn’t give us any details.  It was the first time I saw an elephant having blood drawn and they took a whopping 20 cc’s which is basically nothing.

elephants

We walked around to where the male was held and not many people were around us.  I said hi to the big guy and he just stared at us and continued to eat hay out of a hanging barrel above his head.

Male Phant

When we started to walk further down towards the end of his area, he followed us (again with the animal whispering!).  It was really cute and I like to think that he liked me and wanted to be friends. 🙂

We ate lunch at some tables that over-looked the elephants, which was really pretty and allowed me to see the phants longer without completely boring Joseph to death.

After lunch, we walked by a bunch of random animals and saw these furry little warthogs.

IMG_2851 - CopyJoseph said he was ugly and I didn’t want his feelings to be hurt so I told him he was really cute and that Joseph was just kidding and he stared at me then tried to walk up to me but there was a big dip in the ground like they have at the bear exhibits that keep them from coming all the way to the edge.  I thought many people probably didn’t stop to visit them seeing as they aren’t the most attractive animals there so maybe he was just lonely and enjoyed the company (and the compliment haha).

We walked down Sun Bear Trail again to get over to Urban Jungle.  This time ALL of the bears were wide awake and out to play!  I think that is the first time I have ever seen a bear outside of his den and awake ever at a zoo and it was awesome because they all were!

Even the Otter was awake this time around!

Even the Otter was awake this time around!

As we were walking up to the Urban Jungle, we saw this area called Backstage Pass.  There was currently a group of people behind a barrier of trees being shown some kind of animal.  I peeked through to try to see and I think it was a Wallaby.  We walked a little further and when we looked to the right, you wouldn’t believe what we saw.  Remember how I said this was the best zoo trip ever and the timing was perfect?  Here’s another reason why…

Cheetah

Yes that is a cheetah and YES it is on a leash!  They were in a holding pen to our right and as we were stopped and watching it the handler told us to be very still and to not make any sudden movements because she was going to bring the cheetah outside of the pen and walk it to the one across the road right in front of us.  There was a cheetah.  On a leash.  Ten feet from us.  It could have ripped our faces off! (and by the look she was giving us, she seemed like she may want to…)  Good thing there were two people holding the leash just in case anything happened with the first handler…

We walked a little ways down the street until we saw this little zebra in a holding pen with a handler and it was doing tricks!  It was really cool!  The handler never spoke but the zebra obeyed commands given to her via hand signal.  She turned in circles, knocked over cones, picked up and carried toys, rolled a barrel, shook hands/hooves, took a bow at the end, and even smiled!  How many of you can say you’ve seen a zebra doing tricks?  In case the answer is none of you, I took pictures (and videos but you’ll have to wait to see those once I post them on Facebook).

Zebra Tricks

Unfortunately, I kept missing her smile but I got a video or picture of everything else.

We saw five giraffes, two of which were cute little babies.

Giraffes

That little guy in the middle was probably only Joseph’s height (which is tall for humans but short for giraffes).

We saw lots of monkeys.  Pigmy chimps, orangutans, gorillas, and random small monkeys.

Monkeys

That little pygmy chimp in the top right corner cracked us up several times.  When we first walked up to their exhibit, there was this little Asian family by us: mom, dad, and a little girl.  There was a chimp at the left side of the big window and the other 3 were away in the back right.  The dad of this family thought he would knock on the window at the chimp by us and I was thinking, “You should stop doing that because I’m pretty sure they don’t like that,” but I didn’t actually say it aloud seeing as they weren’t even speaking English.  All of a sudden, one of the monkeys from the back (pictured above) ran up and smacked the window really hard right where the little girl was standing!  If that glass wouldn’t have been there, that would have been one dead little girl.  It was awesome.  I felt bad for the little guy because he clearly was annoyed by them.  The chimps walked around to the other side and Joseph and I followed them to the other window.  There were families with other small children at the window and two little boys were laughing and talking loudly and that same little chimp ran up to the window and slapped at both of them.  I was thinking that maybe he just didn’t like kids.  I tried to get the second time on video but I didn’t hit record fast enough.  Sorry.

We continued past the Orangutan and Monkey Trails to the Hippo Trail then the Tiger Trail.  (as you can see from my ghetto arrows on the map up there, we did several circles trying to see everything)  The hippo was sleeping in the back and the tiger was way up high so I couldn’t get a good picture of either of them.  By the time we were done in that area, we were so exhausted and our feet were killing us so we decided to forgo the children’s section (even though I always walk through it at the Houston Zoo) and were ready to leave, satisfied that we had seen everything we wanted to see.

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We had a great time and I am so glad that we had the whole day to spend there because besides lunch, we were continually walking/looking at animals and spent a total of about 6.5 hours there!  Definitely needed a good chunk of the day for that!

Hope you enjoyed my ridiculously long post about animals and all the pictures I took.  Don’t worry you survived this post and get to see yet another California post tomorrow because I’m still not done! 🙂

Flying to San Diego and Skiing in Big Bear

18 Feb

I’m baaaack!  Did you miss me??  Of course you did! 🙂

Well, we had a great time in California and I have plenty to share with y’all so it will have to be over several different posts so this one isn’t ridiculously long!

Let’s start with our flight Friday afternoon from Houston to San Diego.  Remember how I said I was praying for David Holmes (the rapping flight attendant) to be our flight attendant??  Well, once we boarded they introduced all 3 of our attendants saying David was in the back!  I got excited and turned around to find a skinny, white guy named David.  Needless to say, there was no rapping on our flight during the emergency procedures…sad day.

We weren’t able to get the emergency exit row so we found an empty row with 3 seats.  Joseph sat by the window and I sat in between him and Jeremy so they would both have more leg room by just crowding my extra space.  That was one of the first times that I didn’t wish I was taller.  Plane seats are perfect for my size people…I don’t know how bigger people can stand it, especially if they have to sit by randos (that’s how I say random people in case you didn’t catch that).

Joseph is way better at pointing out what things are from the plane so it was good that he had the window seat instead of me.  He pointed out downtown to me so I had the chance to say “So Long Suckers!” and laugh at everyone that was still working haha

View of Downtown from our flight

View of Downtown from our plane

We left some of the prettiest weather Houston has seen in a while to get to San Diego the one time it rains!  What are the odds?  Luckily that was the only ugly night we had while we were there.

Saturday morning we woke up, loaded our things, went to breakfast, then headed to Big Bear.  Check out this massive German Pancake that Chloe ate…

German Pancake

German Pancake

Just kidding.  That was Joshua’s but it was so huge that a little Asian lady came over to the table and took a picture to post on Facebook (at least that’s what I think she said).

We drove about 2.5 hours to Big Bear Mountain.  It was gorgeous!  They had just had a pretty great snowfall the night before so we had picked the best weekend of the season to go (that is if you don’t count the murderer on the run, which I don’t).

View from the car

View from the car

Once we picked up the keys for our cabin and were driving over to unload our things, we saw the police station, which happened to be at the end of our road.  Normally I would say that it was comforting to be that close to cops but seeing as a cop killer was thought to be in the area, it didn’t exactly ease the tension.  I thought the entire town would be swarming with cops on the lookout for Christopher Dorner but surprisingly we probably wouldn’t have even thought anything was going on in that town if we hadn’t watched the news.  The only thing that kind of stood out was the news crews at the police station.

News vans outside the station

News vans outside the station

Good news and bad news.  Good news was that we never came across the cop killer…bad news is that we weren’t able to collect the million dollar reward.  But we kept our eyes open for him just in case.

Our cabin was beautiful and in the perfect location: right at the base of Summit Mountain and along the stop for the short bus ride to Big Bear Mountain.

Me and Joseph on the porch of our cabin

Me and Joseph on the porch of our cabin

Joseph, me, and Jeremy bought lift tickets to ski Saturday night, and then all day Sunday and Monday (Joshua and Lori were just on Saturday and Sunday).  We rented our skis and boots from a little place owned by a nice Christian family.  It wasn’t as close to our cabin as others but they were cheaper and we always like supporting family owned places, especially those that share their faith.  Once we had our skis and boots, we changed and headed up to the mountain for some night skiing!  I had never night skied before so I was pretty excited.  We walked all the way to the mountain which really wasn’t that far but if you have ever walked anywhere in ski boots, you know that even 20 feet is further than you really want to walk.  By the time we got to the mountain, my toes were getting a little numb from lack of circulation so I adjusted my boots to the loosest setting.  On our first run down the mountain, I was having a hard time cutting to slow down (I would like to blame on the lack of feeling in my foot) and ended up going ridiculously fast past everyone in our group.  About halfway down this super steep part (I say super steep, it was super steep for a green but I’m not the most graceful skier and it was my first run in over a year so give me a break), right under the lift where everyone was watching, I completely ate it.  When I say completely ate it, I mean flipped over myself, head first, both skis flew off AND I lost my poles.  I heard every bone in my back pop and I had snow EVERYWHERE…even in my mouth.  It was definitely the hardest wipe out I had to date and was actually surprised I didn’t seriously hurt myself.  I collected myself and my equipment as I hear people on the lift cracking up and the rest of our group skis down to me laughing because it was pretty funny.  Luckily I can laugh at myself, even if I am slightly achy.  Joseph helped me up and the boys continued down the mountain as Lori and I used a slower, safer pace.

Left: me and JosephRight: Lori and Joshua

Left: me and Joseph
Right: Lori and Joshua

Lori and I looked like little twinsies even though our jackets were a little bit different!

After about a 100 more yards, I had to stop to readjust my boots again because my feet were actually hurting and I couldn’t feel my left foot at all.  When we got to the bottom of the mountain I decided that I was going to have to switch out my boots (the problem was that I didn’t have my ski socks on when we tried them out, just my regular ones) and the place was closed for the night.  Unfortunately, that meant I couldn’t ski for the rest of the night but I decided I would rather do that than risk not being able to ski at all Sunday or Monday.  Since I had only skied for less than an hour, (and because I am so thrifty) I went up to guest services and told them I was hurt and couldn’t ski any longer that night and they gave me a voucher for the amount of my lift ticket which was good for a whole year.  We already had our lift tickets so I decided I would try to sell it to someone the next day.

Sunday morning, we woke up and Lori decided to exchange her boots with me.  We got a different style and it was incredible how much better they felt and they were WAY easier to get on and off.  The boys had already gone to the mountain so we just met them over there.  Before we got on the lift, we went over by the ticket area and Lori sold my voucher for only $5 less than what I had paid the night before!  It was a win-win for me and the guy because I got my money back (we figured I did $5 worth of skiing the night before) and the guy got $5 off his lift ticket!  We skied by ourselves on the easy green slopes until the boys came over to our side and joined us for a run.  They had been on the blue slopes and told us there was a great photo opportunity at the top of the lift.  I love pictures so we decided we could hang for at least one challenging run in order to take some good pictures.

Photo Opportunity at the top of one of the blue/black lifts

Photo Opportunity at the top of one of the blue/black lifts

After our photo shoot at the top of the mountain, I took my time going down the slopes since they were a little more difficult compared to what we had been doing all morning.  I was doing a decent job and once we were near the bottom Joseph told me to go to the right of a fork because it was easier and once again I caught too much speed and tried to slow down with zero success…that was until I hit the fence.  Yes, I am one of the reasons why they have these fences at the base of the mountain separating the slopes from the bystanders….

surprisingly sturdy fence.

surprisingly sturdy fence.

I hit this fence going about 20-30 mph and somehow ended up with my head on the ground and my back and feet up against the fence while my skis and poles were thrown along my path.  Also, by some strange force of nature, snow had found its way under my jacket and thermals to my bare skin on my back.  I had done the unimaginable: crashing harder than the night before and only in front of just about EVERYONE on the mountain because it was lunch time and people were everywhere!  I don’t know what my deal was this time with skiing.  Before this trip I had been skiing twice and had fallen a total of 3 times in the 6 days of skiing, with only 1 time being a pretty decent wipe out.  This trip, I fell about 5 times and all of them were ridiculous.  Oh well, maybe I will get it next time…

Monday it was only Joseph, me, and Jeremy that skied.  The boys were nice (and tired from the two previous days) so they stayed with me on the easy greens for most of the day.  It didn’t hurt that there were these fun jumps and ramps along the way that you could go on to keep them entertained.  I think Jeremy had more fun than anyone on the jumps.

Left: Jeremy getting about 2 feet of air on one jumpRight: Jeremy and Joseph landing after a jump (Jeremy almost ate it here)

Left: Jeremy getting about 2 feet of air on one jump
Right: Jeremy and Joseph landing after a jump (Jeremy almost ate it here)

Jeremy was way more gutsy than the rest of us.  He would FLY down the mountain at ridiculous speeds and even decided to go on a double black diamond on Monday.  Joseph and I waited at the bottom so I could get a picture and video of him coming down this…

Double Black Diamond

Double Black Diamond

He actually did a pretty decent job.  He didn’t fall once and didn’t have to go as slow as I normally do down the blues.  I wish I could post the video on here but once again, I am too “thrifty” to pay for the video upgrade.  Maybe one day I will suck it up and pay the extra bucks….but it won’t be today…sorry.  I’ll post on Facebook though because that’s free.

After skiing all day, they rest of the group picked us up from the mountain and we returned our rentals and headed back to San Diego.  And guess where we went for dinner??

Yes, there is actually a restaurant called the Elephant Bar!! How awesome is that?!

Yes, there is actually a restaurant called the Elephant Bar!! How awesome is that?!

This was all within the first 3 1/2 days of being in California.  Don’t worry, I still have 4 1/2 more to tell you about 🙂

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