Monday, August 17, 2015

Bowling Retry

My Samsung Intensity III died 2 days before the end of our Disneyland trip.  I lost all the videos and pictures that I took.  We tried everything when we got back home to pull that data from the phone including switching the motherboard from the Samsung Intensity II I saved.  Some of the pictures that I lost are from bowling at the mall in Anaheim.  Nathan kicked my butt!  It was super hot here this weekend and on Sunday the 16th we thought we would head out and find some AC.  Bowling came to mind and a possible chance to try and redeem myself from our Anaheim trip.

The first game Nathan kicked my butt.  I don't even have photos of proof of that game.  The last two games I overcame my slump and beat Nathan.  Yes I am gloating a little!  I got action shots of Nathan for both games with the scores.

Game 2:



Just in case you can't see that last photo Rikki 114, Nathan 103

Game 3:





Rikki 143, Nathan 93.

I wonder if Nathan will find it funny that I seriously had to do a blog post on my bowling scores :)




Monday, August 10, 2015

San Diego Zoo

Monday August 3rd Nathan actually had the day off.  The day off was due to the fact that they were heading out to sea for the rest of the week.  We thought that it would be nice to spend the morning at the zoo.  The hope was that more kids would be back in school and therefore be less crowded.

The zoo isn't really that big.  Well I guess I say that because I was comparing it to Disneyland and all the walking we did there.  Yes there was a significant amount of walking from one exhibit to the next but we didn't think it was bad.  It was mostly hills so it can tire you out a little faster.  We did have sunhats, a frozen bottle of water, snacks and sunscreen with us.  There was no baggage check like in Disneyland.

Here is a map of the San Diego Zoo.

Tiger

Hippo under water
Nathan taking a photo of one of the Pandas
Another Panda
Nathan posing with a Panda
Nathan taking a picture of a Hippo
Nathan reading an exhibit sign
Turtle
A Gorilla resting
Meerkats
Secretarial Bird
A Bald Eagle
Maned Wolf

Sunday, August 09, 2015

36 and 2015 Vacation Continued

We spent a FANTASTIC four days in Anaheim, CA!  We left early in the morning on the 26th and made it to Disneyland about 45 minutes before the parks opened.  It was a good thing because we initially pulled into the Disneyland Resort parking lot.  We had to turn around and head back to get to the Theme Parks parking lot.

When parking at the Disneyland Theme Parks Parking Lot keep in mind that you have to take the tram to get to the gate.  If you arrive early you can grab something to eat or browse around in Downtown Disneyland as the tram drops folks off right there.

Hubby and I got through the baggage check and when we went through the gate our e-tickets were turned into passes.  Passes are used to get through the gates every day or every time you enter the theme parks.  You don't need the pass for Downtown Disneyland but you do need them for California Adventureland and Disneyland.

As soon as we get through the gate hubby wants to head to City Hall in Disneyland.  If you don't know, and I didn't, that City Hall will provide a button to anyone celebrating a birthday or anniversary.  The gentleman wrote my name on a Birthday button and said to wear it for the day.  Hubby put the button on and for the entire day I heard "Happy Birthday" from the staff, cast and crew.  Now I am not one to broadcast on or before my birthday, when or that it is my birthday.  But it was very cool to hear the staff, cast and crew say "Happy Birthday"!
Castle - 60th Anniversary - Diamond
Selfie in front of the castle
Selfie at It's A Small World

Showing off in Toontown - maybe


















We were in the park from opening until noon or 1pm.  We headed to the hotel in hopes that our room would be ready early so that we could take a much needed nap after being up at 4:00am.  Well I was up at 4am.  Hubby slept in until 4:30 or 4:45.  Anyway when we checked in our room was ready early.  WOOHOO!!  By the way we definitely recommend staying at Best Western PLUS Stovall's  Inn!  It is right across the street from the park and a fifteen minute walk through Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.  Not only that but you can get a voucher for this hotel through MWR/ITT and spend about $90 to $92 a day.  You should make a reservation at the hotel first, write down the confirmation number and then head to MWR/ITT.  I recommend when you head to MWR/ITT for the voucher that you bring the confirmation e-mail.  They will want additional information from that.  The hotel had complimentary breakfast to which I was pleased with considering an AIP/Paleo diet.  Eggs and bacon or sausage was served every morning.

Naps and showers after a nap.  It was rather warm, in the upper 80's and the sun came out first thing that first morning.  We had dinner reservations at Steakhouse 55 for my birthday.  We got dressed up and headed out a little early.  We walked to dinner through some of Downtown Disneyland.  We gawked at the various Disneyland Resorts.  We walked through the rose garden, stopped at a hidden geyser, and sat outside Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar on the comfy couches by the firepit for a couple of minutes before heading to the restaurant.
Before we left for dinner
In front of a geyser










Dinner at the restaurant was wonderful.  When we called to make a reservation we let them know ahead of time that we were celebrating a birthday.  Dinner was very good!  I want to say a handmade lemon butter with a little sprig or a couple of leaves of fresh thyme.  A warm and wonderful crusty sourdough bread (okay now we are getting into a treat and not Paleo approved items).  I ordered a steak well done and a side of green beans.  Hubby ordered their special, if I remember correctly, which came with a dessert.  The restaurant had a special dessert for folks celebrating their birthday and yes Nathan had put my birthday button back on.  Birthday dessert was in the shape of Mickey Mouse it was a chocolate mousse with chocolate wafer mouse ears.  Very yummy!

After dessert we headed back to the park.  Yes all dressed up.  We arrived in time for the electric light parade but we could watch part of the parade while standing in line for the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.  After the game we headed to see the fireworks.  It was the best fireworks show either one of us had ever seen.  After the fireworks we walked back to the hotel.  A wonderful birthday!

Monday was the same routine almost except we went to California Adventureland that day.  Dinner in the evening was a Coco's Bakery which is right next to our hotel.  We saw World of Color that evening and as we left California Adventureland, we sat outside the gate to catch the fireworks show from Disneyland Park.
Bug's Life - Grizzly Peak


Tuesday we didn't go to the theme parks.  We lounged at the pool at the hotel in the morning and then we headed down to Anaheim Garden Walk (a small mall).  We caught an early afternoon movie, Ant-Man, and then played 4 games of bowling.  Nathan kicked my butt on all 4 games.  We had lunch/supper at Cheesecake Factory.
Lounging at the hotel pool after some laps


Wednesday we spent time at each park again for our last day.  We caught the Fantasmic show the last evening.
Photo by the Grizzly River Rapids
Photo while one of the rafts was coming down a hill - Grizzly River Rapids


Thursday we were headed back home.  We slept in a little and then went down to get breakfast.  In the afternoon we stopped at M&M Donuts for "lunch" for the ride home.

It was a really wonderful vacation!