Vacation Crowds

Everywhere we go and people find out we are from Alaska, we are instant celebrities. Wednesday, Rebecca was discussing Alaska with someone and told them our home town had 400 or so people. They were shocked and told us that we are in an area with 14 million people.

We started into our experience of LA crowds by hitting the highway on our way to the California Science Center. The trip to the center included some adventure on the road. The traffic was light for LA, but a bit stressful for us. Google maps leaves a bit to be desired. The directions off the highway to the center was quite wrong and we got a bit lost. After a few minutes of getting our bearings, we arrived.

The science center is a hands on and visually stimulating museum. Part of the exhibit included a nature portion by terrain type. The arctic display made us a bit homesick. The aquatic displays were very nice and included an interview with one of the scuba divers while he was diving in a tank.

We are thankful for the fun we had and for the safety we enjoyed.

Thursday and Friday marked our forays into Disneyland Park and California Adventure.

Thursday was Disneyland. We got there about 9 a.m. The crowd was thick, but not real bad. We managed to ride almost everything we wanted to ride. We finished the night with a ride on Space Mountain that involved a 55 minute wait in line. We got done there and stopped by a Buzz Lightyear ride on our way out.

to infinity and beyond

We managed to get back to our hotel at about 10:30 that night. We were exhausted.

Friday, we started by going to California Adventure. We started the day there at 10 a.m. with Monsters, Inc. ride. The kids had discovered roller coasters the day before and wanted more. We rode one on the pier that included some steep drops, tight curves and even a loopty loop. We went back to Disneyland for a few hours, but had to leave by 7 p.m. as the park had a special Halloween event that was an additional ticket fee.

Ethan's space house

Disneyland emptied and poured into California Adventure. We went with the river of people. To say it was crowded would vastly understate the situation. We couldn’t move without brushing into the people around us. We went to a few more rides and displays and then went to dinner. Following dinner, we decided to do a bit of shopping and managed to leave the park at about 11 p.m. The walk back to the hotel made LA feel downright roomy and underpopulated after the crowd at the park.

Saturday, we slept in a bit. We woke up a bit sore from all of the walking for the past two days. The kids spent some time in the hotel pool while Rebecca and I lounged around. We then got ready for another road trip.

Armed with Google maps again, we went to the La Brea Tar Pits. The traffic was fairly heavy. While on the way, we ignored some of the Google directions that had gotten us into trouble on Thursday as we were going in the same direction as Thursday. Upon arriving at the end of the Google directions, we discovered that when we typed in our destination, Google had shortened La Brea Tar Pits to La Brea. We ended up in the middle of La Brea, not at the tar pits.

I used my cell phone to look up the tar pits’ street address and re-typed it into Google maps. We were able to find our way a bit later.

The museum is situated in a park that houses several museums. Along the walks are examples of modern art. Let’s say that I prefer the art in Nenana to what passes as art in LA. We were able to see a lot of fossils and watch several informative movies. We visited the gift shop and found a good book for the report Aerin will be doing on the tar pits for science class. After a nice leisurely time, we hit the highways again for the hotel.

We decided to call an early evening and have the kids do some homework. After supper they enjoyed some time in the pool again.

Today, we are heading to a cabin in the mountains. I am so eager for a little peace and quiet. We look forward to some rest and relaxation.

We have enjoyed some wonderful experiences in these few days as well as safety and rest. We praise the Lord for his goodness to us. Please pray for safety as we will be continuing our travels and also that we truly enjoy one another’s company as travel has its own stresses. Please pray for our rest as well.

We pray the Lord’s blessing upon you as well.

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