We returned from California this afternoon, so it’s time for a Spring Break report! All in all we had a great time! Neither cancer nor the lack of a colon held me personally back from doing anything at all. In fact, in one area, it actually enabled me to do more than usual, for some reason. Typically, I’m not one for roller coasters because they kinda make my stomach a bit queasy. However, this time, I didn’t experience ANY of that! I was able to go on rides that I would never have attempted in the past. Not sure if it’s the lack of a colon, which has tons of nerve endings in it, or something else. Either way…it helped me have an excellent time!
In a nutshell, we did this: Michelle and I spent three days in San Diego “alone” (we ended up spending a lot of time with Harry and Cheryl, and the kids, which was good) while Alex and Samantha spent time camping at Santee Lakes outside San Diego with Michelle’s parents. Michelle and I were fortunate enough to stay downtown right on the harbor. It was nice! After San Diego, we all headed to LA for a day at Knott’s Berry Farm, which totally rocked. Along the way we did some tide pooling in Carlsbad. Saturday we hit the road to Tucson so Samantha could make it to a party at 5PM.
Of course, I took LOTS of pictures, some of which are below. It’s a long post, so get comfortable if you want to read the whole thing!
Below is the view from Michelle and my room on the 24th floor of the hotel. See that large yacht down there? It costs $50 Million, and is the largest single mast boat in the world. Crazy! It’s owned by some oil tycoon dude in Texas.
One night we hooked up with the rest of the family and spent some time walking along the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. Samantha loved it because it was St. Patrick’s Day and it was party central!
One of the things I was looking forward to was a chocolate shake at Ghiradelli’s. I had promised the Mason’s I wouldn’t get one without them, but they said it was OK. It was tasty!
The kids and Michelle’s parents took the trolly into the Seaport Village station where we picked them up.
We also saw some cool sculptures and fountains along the walk to the trolley station.
This bridge separates our hotel, which is in the background, from Petco Park and Gaslamp Quarter. It’s pretty cool!
Michelle and I did a lot of walking along the boardwalk in the Seaport Village area. Over a couple of days, we easily put in about 15 miles of walking. Saw some cool stuff along the way.
Kinda looks like real people, doesn’t it? To give you some perspective, here’s another photo of the same thing.
It’s a HUGE sculpture downtown along the boardwalk. It’s from that iconic image at the end of World War II. Very, very cool!
We of course spent some time at the beach. I was a bit concerned about boogie boarding with my bag, but my current setup is totally bombproof it seems! I was able to boogie board without a single problem (aside from the lack of any decent waves).
And I had fun chasing the kids with seaweed.
And, of course, getting buried in the sand. Samantha made me up to be a pregnant woman, with a kelp bikini and all!
Samantha got buried as well!
As did Alex! We buried him super deep in a hole he had dug, and he had a hard time getting free.
Even Harry and Cheryl’s dog, Maggie, had a great day at the beach!
All in all, our day at Ocean Beach was great, the weather was perfect (in my opinion), and we had a great time!
Soon we were on the road to LA for a couple days. But, we stopped in Carlsbad for some tide pool action. It was awesome!
Got some nice shots of Alex, Samantha and Michelle.
As well as one of the girls!
And some crazy sand that had TONS of “gold” flecks in it. Literally looked like we were in a gold mine.
We eventually made it to LA, and on to Knott’s Berry Farm. We got an excellent deal on tickets, which made the place super affordable.
Like I said, I didn’t have any problems with roller coasters, like this one, which goes from 0 to 38mph in 3 seconds!
Nor this crazy one, which had some super G forces.
Or the swings, which I love (that’s me behind Samantha, to the right).
But you’ll likely NEVER catch me on this one!
Those people are upside down at the TOP of the loop! Crazy! But we did spend some time cooling off…Michelle catching the brunt of the waves.
And Samantha and I took a ride on the Ferris wheel.
It goes much slower than the picture suggests! We also got to spend some time with Peanut’s characters.
And the kids spend some time “talking.”
That pretty much sums it up! I have, of course, hundreds of pictures, but these should give you a taste of how the week went. I can’t imagine having a week like this prior to my colon being removed…it would just be pictures of bathrooms and other people on rides. I am so thankful to God for providing us the means to afford this vacation, and for making me healthy enough to enjoy it. We had a great time!
Tomorrow (Monday) starts my LAST cycle of chemo! Three more treatments, and I’ll be done on April 6th, the day after Easter. So excited!