A fitting farewell

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Mar 16, 2009

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

We thought the best way to end our visit to the US was to visit a destination that optimises all that America is. A place where you are free to act like a child again, magic still exists and dreams can come true! I'm talking about Disneyland of course.
We checked into a motel near the park which meant we were walking distance from the park. Before we could get there, a little of the Disney magic must have worked its way into our rental car when all the doors automatically locked themselves while we were checking in with the keys still in the ignition and all our luggage in the boot. We tried calling the rental car company to explain to them what had happened, but I'm sure they thought we had accidentally locked the keys in the car and we're now blaming it on the car. After a long argument and refusing to pay for a locksmith out of my own pocked on a Sunday night, I eventually threatened to smash the window as the expensive insurance we took covered that! To cut a long story short they eventually sent someone out to us with the spare keys at not additional cost which we really appreciated.
We were up early the next morning to get an early start in Disney's two parks, but didn't realise that it was a public holiday, so by the time we arrive there were already hundreds of people lined up to enter the park. Despite the long queues the park did have a very festive atmosphere and we still got to ride the more popular rides.
By mid afternoon we'd covered all the rides we wanted to at California Adventure and headed over to Disneyland Park where Mickey and all his mates hangout. We strolled around for hours hopping on the occasional ride and managed to see the passing parade before dinner. We stuck around long enough to see the fireworks show before finally admitting defeat. I really don't know how some of the kids at the park managed to be full of energy at 10pm after spending almost 12 hours at the park, they must have been jacked up on sugar or something.
Disneyland was a perfect ending to our California road trip and at the end of the tour we'd covered a total of 2,463 miles in California and according to our GPS, spent 81 hours moving. I think we'll always look back at the American leg of our journey with fond memories and would love nothing more than to bring our children back to this amazing country some day.  
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