By the sea…by the sea…by the beautiful sea.
We made it! We crossed rivers, climbed mountains, and slowly crawled across the desert of Nevada so that we, like the gold prospectors of old, could say:
“We reached the coast of California!”
From one side of the country to the other, it has been an amazing journey. This Wednesday marks the halfway point of this trip.
So what did we do when we reached the coast? We dipped our toes in the Pacific Ocean, of course!
We left our Sequoia KOA by 8:00 am, knowing we had a 4 hour drive over the mountains and through L.A. traffic.
Both obstacles proved to be less daunting than we expected. We arrived at Newport Beach by noon and surprisingly found meter parking fairly quickly, which was nothing short of a miracle since we needed a double space large enough to accommodate the bus.
We began our afternoon at the beach by coating our pale, Pennsylvania skin with SPF 50 sun block. We looked downright pasty in comparison to the California natives that filled the beach in various shades of brown.
The blessing, however, was that our Pennsylvania pastiness made it easy for me to keep tabs on my family. I just had to look for the albinos in the sea of sun kissed skin. 🙂
Ozzie was the only one that looked like a California native.
Newport Beach was a hit.
The water was shallow enough and the waves small enough that I wasn’t the nervous wreck I thought I’d be. I have had nightmares about our visit to the Pacific Ocean with visions of 30 foot waves and Ozzie getting carried off by a Great White Shark, but my worries were unfounded.
It turned out to be a similar swimming experience to swimming in the Atlantic.
I was relieved. The kids had a blast splashing in the waves and digging in the sand, and I was able to let go of the anxiety I had been carrying about our stop at the ocean.
The kids spent hours looking for shells to take home as souvenirs from their time at the Pacific Ocean…
And the girls each filled a bottle with Pacific ocean water. They loved the gold colored flakes that glimmered in the water. Toby was thrilled…
We are now traveling with granite boulders from Crazy Horse and bottles of the Pacific Ocean in our little bus. 🙂
Next Stop: DISNEYLAND!!!
(Can you hear the screams of my children?)
My postings will be more sporadic over the next few days, as I will be spending all my waking hours at the Happiest Place on Earth. 🙂