Residence Inn Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange County
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We were to fly back to DFW today but I planned an itinerary to squeeze in as much as I could before our flight.
The day started out cloudy (again) but warmer than yesterday. We were out of the hotel before 11a and headed on I-5 north towards Irvine, California & Orange County. Our destination: The Orange County Great Park, which is self-titled the: "First Great Metropolitan Park of the 21st Century." Well, that sounds neat, but the park ...
... cute dog, more shopping centre visits, and coffee at the small centre within walking distance, once with our friend Alison, who we met on our Galapagos adventure and who lives in the same area.
Then, there it was, the 22nd of January 2012 and 365 DAYS since left home - ASTOUNDING!!! It seemed only appropriate that we celebrated with ice-cream and where better for us big kids than in a sweet shop ...
... photo taken with characters, even though he is asleep. We are on a sugar high and think this is hilarious. So, Elwood has his photo taken with Mickey, Lightening McQueen and Mater, and is none the wiser. We buy some more chocolate to keep on the sugar high.
When Elwood wakes up he wants to see Toy Story Character, so off we go in search of them. We find Jessie, which is good but not the best Toy Story character. As we approach the front ...
... the kids into dreamland so the long 4-5 hour drive has less of the sting. I remember going on so many trips as a kid where I would fall asleep in the car and then miraculously wake up in the driveway...I found out that the magic was the endurance of my parents although there still is something wonderful about just being at your destination when you wake up.
We pulled into the Shilo Inn at Oakhurst right close to Midnight...time to unpack and get right to bed!
We slept in (for me until 7am and for Naomi until 10:30 am). Got some laundry done and then we headed out to Long Beach to do some errands. After I got a TB test for school done at the doctors office, we went to eat at one of my favorite pizza places, Big E Pizza. We both had the pizza sandwiches and shared a salad. The off to next door ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center