The parking lot tour of Southern California
Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
51Trip End Mar 27, 2010
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We experienced an earthquake that lasted around 15 seconds. We immediately went online and found a preliminary report (computer generated) which told us that it was centered near Mexicali and measured 4.8. The following day, the report (now reviewed by a seismologist) was updated to a 5.3.
I had decided against any San Diego "attractions" in an attempt to save money. We did go to Balboa Park - the nation’s largest urban cultural park - where the Zoo is located but once again, we just looked (into the zoo) from outside
Continuing our theme of visiting attraction parking lots, we stopped by the SeaWorld parking lot (actually we were checking if they offered a twilight rate – FYI they do not.) Then we happened upon a fun area called Belmont Park. It has a few rides and games including a fairly impressive-looking roller coaster. Jeff and the kids rode it once. Then we strolled the promenade and walked the Ocean Beach Pier. It was a beautiful sunny day with a bit of wind.
Keara’s Christmas money has been burning a whole in her pocket, so she and I went to 'Fashion Valley’ – a high end outdoor mall. I introduced her to Godiva chocolates and she bought her New Year’s Eve/Gramps’ birthday outfit.
To celebrate New Year’s Eve, we drove to Escondido (30 minutes north) where they were having a large family-friendly celebration. It was a lovely, cool evening with a full moon as the backdrop for the first fireworks show. But it turns out that none of us had the steam to make it to midnight so we returned to our accommodations in time to continue the book I’ve been reading aloud every night – The Time Travelers: book one of the Gideon Trilogy – and quietly say Happy New Year to each other.