Our week in California was good. We were on very small planes for the flights down. Delta routes most western flights through its Salt Lake City hub, so we had a brief layover there. It was FREEZING cold in Utah. (One more US state I've been to!)
Highlights of California:
Seeing Gramma Gillette and the California side of the family. With the exception of Gramma G, the other rellies hadn't seen us since our wedding in 2007.
Disneyland. I am NEVER doing Space Mountain again. Much like speed-boat rides, once is more than enough. Matterhorn was much better - you could at least see where you were going.
California Adventure (Disney's 2nd park, directly across from Disneyland). Good ribs, and this park's restaurants were licensed, so I tried some Californian beer. Grizzly Rapids Run was the highlight of the day for me - it being winter, the lines for the rapids ride (you get splashed a lot) was short, and I did it twice in 5 minutes. Once was enough for Kara.
College Football - it appeared to be rivalry day while we were down there, with plenty of intra-state university matches: Oregon vs Oregon State, Arizona vs Arizona State, USC vs UCLA etc. American Football is still intriguing. Just look up its history - they used to score tries!
Christmas Concert put on by the School of Music at Azusa Pacific University. This was very good. Orchestra, choirs, jazz ensembles and a handbell choir combined to make a great night of Christmas music in celebration of the season.
In-N-Out Burger. Cheeseburger meal (no onion) for Kara, Double-Double (onion) for me. Kara had never eaten here, and it had been 5 years since my last In-N-Out. Great burgers! And root beer of course - we OD'd a bit on that at lunch and then on the plane ride back north.
And now we're back in Seattle!