Disneyland

Current Location: Anaheim Resort RV Park, Anaheim, California

We’ve spent the last two days at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure parks. We stayed late on Sunday night after watching the Fantasmic show and the subsequent fireworks. Today, we left out a little earlier, but still close to 10:00 PM when we got back to the trailer.

Getting to and from the park was as simple as buying a pair of $12 shuttle tickets. The $12 cost was per adult for three days. We used the shuttle on Saturday afternoon and rode over to Downtown Disney. We figured out that between the cost of the campground for three nights and the cost of the shuttle tickets, we’ve paid around the same as we did for one night at a Disney hotel a couple years ago.

Not much more to say about Disneyland, so we’ll just post up a few pictures. Tomorrow we pack up and head to Las Vegas.

Sunday morning breakfast

Sunday morning breakfast

New hat

New hat

Submarine ride

Submarine ride

Anniversary pins

Anniversary pins

Malcolm and Bullseye trying to remove the sword

Malcolm and Bullseye trying to remove the sword

All kinds of fancy water

All kinds of fancy water

Radiator Springs

Radiator Springs

Riding the Cars ride

Riding the Cars ride

Disneyland Selfie

Disneyland Selfie

Malcolm had to pose with the trolley horse

Malcolm had to pose with the trolley horse

Through the porthole

Through the porthole

California Adventure selfie

California Adventure selfie

Welcome to Radiator Springs

Welcome to Radiator Springs

Ka-Chow!

Ka-Chow!

Bikes parked at Monsters University

Bikes parked at Monsters University

Flo's Diner at night

Flo’s Diner at night

Back on the Road

Current Location: Anaheim Resort RV Park, Anaheim, California

The past week at work, four of Malcolm’s co-workers flew out to San Diego for various meetings. Two were from Nashville, including Malcolm’s direct boss. At lunch one day, Malcolm mentioned that we would like to head to Wetumpka the first part of April before heading up to Nashville the end of April. That plan was okayed. So, as we continue east, we’ll stop in Wetumpka for a couple weeks of work instead of back in Nashville.

On Friday, Malcolm left the office at 3:00 and we turned in the rental car before heading to the laundromat to catch up on laundry. We ate dinner nearby before heading back to the trailer. We spent Friday evening getting some things ready to pack up for the trip today.

This morning we were lazy and got going late. Our plan was to leave between 11:00 and noon (checkout time is noon) to make the approximately 2 hour trip to Anaheim and arrive at or after the 1:00 check-in time here. After getting the trailer almost completely ready to hitch up, it was only 9:30. We ran over to Costco to pick up a couple items, then stopped by Rubio’s for an early lunch (about 10:30).

Surrounded by old VWs at Costco

Surrounded by old VWs at Costco

By the time we hit the road, it was 11:30. I-5 traffic helped spread our time out a bit, making the 88 mile trip a 2 1/2 hour one. We got checked into the RV park here and had both air conditioners cooling off the trailer shortly thereafter. The temperature here today almost hit 100 degrees.

Our site

Our site

When we checked in, we bought our Disneyland tickets at the RV park for a bit of a discount ($20 off, total), so we won’t have to wait in line tomorrow at the park. There is a shuttle that picks up and drops off here, as well. We bought 3-day shuttle tickets for $12 each (parking at Disneyland is $16 a day, so we’ve saved money and hassle there, as well).

We started to take the shuttle over to downtown Disney. While we were waiting for it to get here, Malcolm checked his Instagram account and found that a family we’ve been following for a couple years now wanted to meet us at Starbucks for a quick “hello”. We hopped in the truck and met them. They are fun to follow on Instagram and also have a blog.

The "Malimish" kids

The “Malimish” kids

Dan, Marlene and their children Ava, Mila and Luka are an inspiration to young families wishing to live the nomadic life with their children in tow. They home-school (road-school) their children and have already been to the 48 contiguous states. They’re heading up to Alaska this summer to make state 49.

After our Starbucks meet-up, we said our goodbyes until later (we might get to see them again this summer as they pass through Washington on the way back from Alaska) and drove back to the campground. We hopped the shuttle bus to the Disneyland area and walked around Downtown Disney for a while. We had dinner there and bought a few gifts in the shops. We headed back to the trailer to relax for the evening.

The next two days we’ll be at Disneyland and California Adventure. We’ll post pictures.

Anniversary Weekend

Current Location: Mission Bay RV Resort, San Diego, California

This weekend we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary. On Saturday, we tried to do some sightseeing at Balboa Park, but it was a big mess of people and cars.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Instead, we did some shopping for things we needed and dribbled a little gas into the rental car. Malcolm picked up a new seat for his bike and once home, we got the bikes out, cleaned and lubed them up and took a ride.

Baby car

Baby car

This morning, we started out with a late breakfast of IKEA cinnamon rolls. We headed out with our golf clubs to the Mission Bay Golf Course right next door to the RV park. We both hit a bucket of balls until our arms were tired. Then we headed back to the trailer.

Golf selfie

Golf selfie

After we changed out of our golf duds, we headed towards the ocean and had lunch at Oggi’s Pizza Express. It was really good pizza.

Pizza noms

Pizza noms

We walked around and looked in a few shops. Malcolm ran across a hair place that was open and not busy, so he stepped in to get a haircut. We eventually walked down to the beach. Malcolm put his feet in the water (cold), but that was about it. You couldn’t see much, though.

Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

We hopped in the car and drove up the coast for a while, just sightseeing, before heading back to the trailer. We changed into nicer clothes and headed downtown for the mystery dinner date at The Melting Pot. We enjoyed a great fondue meal and our wait person even brought us a couple of gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries when she heard it was our anniversary.

Time to dip!

Time to dip!

Bonus strawberries

Bonus strawberries

Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego

San Diego Work

Current Location: Mission Bay RV Resort, San Diego, California

Monday morning, we both got up early and headed out to go to Enterprise Rent-A-Car to get a car for Malcolm to drive to work. One of the flyers from the campground indicated that the local Toyota dealer would give us a 10% discount for staying at the campground here, so we ended up there picking up a small Prius C for less than the Enterprise rate.

Malcolm has been working in the San Diego office, where he had worked a couple summers ago when we came down the coast. Where the drive from El Cajon, where we stayed back in 2013, was about 50 minutes to an hour, the drive from Mission Bay to the office is typically only about 25 minutes. Much nicer drive.

Val did laundry today at the campground. For such a large campground they have very little in the way of laundry facilities. She managed to get most everything done, though.

Looking forward to the weekend when we’ll do some sightseeing and celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Malcolm has already gotten reservations at a top secret restaurant for Sunday evening.

Settled in San Diego

Current Location: Mission Bay RV Resort, San Diego, California

We woke up to rain this morning. It rained on us the whole time we hooked up in Indio and rained pretty much the whole way to San Diego. It was raining when we unhooked the trailer here. Right now, it’s not raining, but it is supposed to start back up tonight. Given that California has been in a drought condition for quite some time, I’m sure the rains are welcome. We’re not complaining since it isn’t snow, sleet or ice.

We arrived here just after lunchtime today with a non-stop drive from Indio. We tried to stop as we got into San Diego, but couldn’t find a suitable parking lot to pull into to take a break and enter information into the GPS. Fortunately, in our search for a stop, we hit enough red lights to get the GPS set up and instructing us on where to go. We were only 6 miles from the campground at that point.

We hung around the trailer all evening. Malcolm put the awning out far enough for shelter and set up the grill for dinner. Other than that, we’re just relaxing and Malcolm is getting ready for a couple weeks work at the office here in San Diego.

Our site

Our site

The campground here is pretty much all paved except for the trees at each corner and a strip of grass behind all the units. Though it isn’t lush and green, it is nicely cared for and in a good area near downtown and not far from Malcolm’s office. The motorhome to the left of us in the picture, above, belongs to a couple that Malcolm follows on Instagram. We knew they were going to be here and vice-versa. Of all the spots in this campground, to be put right next door to them was pretty ironic.