Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A trip to California.

About two weeks ago, my family packed up the car, drove for ten hours, and arrived at a condo we'd rented in Oceanside, California. We stayed there for a week.
We arrived Saturday, so on Sunday we attended the local LDS ward. It was... interesting and very different from testimony meetings at home. The Bishop specifically began the meeting by telling everyone to limit their time at the pulpit. In our home ward you'd never need to do that, but as soon as the members of this Oceanside ward started getting up they each gave, like, half-hour long testimonies. They talked about everything, from missing the freeway exit to the temple, to being evicted and asking the ward for real estate agents and lawyers, to randomly mentioning the mark of Cain and making a Harry Potter scar motion across the forehead. It was good... just not anything like home.
After that, my parents decided to go check out this church we'd probably never find at home, which was located pretty close to our Condo. We like learning about other religions--it's really interesting. We walked around the grounds a bit and then decided to join the members of the religion for their after-service question-and-answer session. I've never been to anything like that. Ever. They talked a lot about astrology and how you can tell things about planets just by getting on the freeway. They all seemed a little off their rockers... some more than others. It was just interesting, to say the least.
On Monday we went to the San Diego Zoo. It was awesome!! That place is huge. We stayed there for several hours and we saw all sorts of wildlife. Birds, snakes, spiders (I didn't like that), a baby jaguar (it was freaking adorable), lions, bears (grizzly, brown, koala, and panda), as well as panthers, bob cats, tigers, etc. etc. My favorite was probably the baby jaguar. It looked like a little cat and there was a zoo worker in the cage with him just playing with him and petting him. So cute!
That night we went to Ruby's, a diner on the pier closest to our condo, and we had the best strawberry/oreo shakes ever.
The rest of the week is sort of running together in my memory. I can't recall what we did on specific days. I still remember what we did though. We went hiking (sort of) and sat on cliffs next the ocean. Although it was cold, it was relaxing and pretty. We enjoyed the beach near our condo a few times... I really wish I lived by a beach. We toured the Midway, which was so cool! We had a harbor tour and went shopping. We went to this amazing little taco place and another amazing pizza place that I can't remember the name of. On Friday, my mom, my sisters, and I went to Disneyland and rode the Tower of Terror and California Screamin' as many times as we could. It was so good. I love roller coasters.
Then Saturday we packed up and headed home.
The End!

Here are some photos from our adventures:

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