The best time of the year just went past us (best, only because of the long break from work) and we had our share our fun, relaxation and travel. It is always hard to get back to the old routine after getting spoilt during a vacation.
We left for San Diego with the hope that the warmer weather of south California will bring some smiles back to our faces that were frozen with the 20 degree weather in Detroit. Our hopes were indeed kept alive with the coastal country around San Diego maintaining an average of some scorching 62 degree temperature throughout our stay.
With adult company arriving in the form of my sister-in-law and her husband, when we look back now, the fun seemed to have gone past us far too quickly than all of us would have wanted.
The highlight of the trip was of course the Zoo but Legoland was a pleasant surprise. Couldn’t imagine how many man hours went behind recreating those realistic New York skylines and the DC landmarks. Nakul had more fun than he bargained for – but the fact that there were more adults in the park having fun in the Lego workshops than the kids themselves told us that Legos are a great avenue to let your creativity flow out.
Check out http://www.legoland.com for more details.
The vacation rental we stayed at is about quarter a mile from the nearest beach (which incidentally is a dog beach) and about a mile and a half from the nearest human beach (Del Mar beach). We managed to get into a routine after getting over the time zone changes – the grocery stores, the restaurants and the liquor stores within a 3 mile radius were soon our familiar ground for conquest.
The drive to Joshua Tree National Park was nothing to rave about but the Holiday Inn in Twenty Nine Palms beat our expectations and the drive around the park the next day, went smoothly. Nakul was a little “toddlerish” that day as he had to spend most of his time in the car but the short hiking trails we took definitely are not toddler-friendly so he had no choice. The “Cholla garden” offers some unique cacti display and you have to wonder how they could ever have evolved. The Joshua trees become monotonously amusing after you get a little deep into the park.
Our new year’s eve involved a hop across the border to Tijuana which by the way is a Mexican town developed for American tourists and American tourists only. I think we did it so just to have the Mexican experience – so any feeble amount of Espanola that my sister in law and her husband were trying to instill us with was absolutely not required to survive the touristy moments we had to live in Tijuana.
The vacation came to an end as we caught our flights on New Year’s Day – a vacation filled with food, fun, laughter and general brainless acts!
2006 it is!! – Can’t believe I have wasted yet another year dreaming about things I want to do but never did…Guess I should just be glad that there were at least some smaller steps that I took in 2005 towards the right direction on some of the things I want to do.
Happy New Year!