It's been a crazy few weeks. This time three weeks ago we were in Fort Stockton, Tx on our first stopover on the way to San Diego. Fastforward to tonight, we've covered somewhere in the region of 2500 miles and my parents have arrived from the UK a week early!
Anyway, back to the road trip. I'm very proud of Luke for spending 7 days in the car and being BRILLIANT (for about 95% of the time!) - it was worth it though. Most of the journey was on I-10 and considering that, it was a wonderful drive. The journey out of Texas was barren for much of it, and you skirt the Mexican border for much of it - including lots of random border patrols making sure we weren't trying to sneak into the US! New Mexico was gorgeous and Arizona had the desert and about 3 million cacti - I've never seen a real life one before and they kept me occupied for hours (which was just as well as we had about 4 hours of driving past them each way!).
We left on the Thursday afternoon and arrived in San Diego at lunchtime on Sunday - we headed straight to Seaport Village for lunch and a browse around the shops. It was gloriously sunny, and so bright that Luke retreated beneath the lunch table to play the DS as he couldn't see the screen otherwise - what a sociable boy he is!
Monday was spent at the zoo - it is enormous and I'm sorry we didn't get to see it all, but we did a huge amount of walking and made good use of the Skyfari (cable cars) although I wasn't in love with being that high up! The weather was up in the high 80's which meant I went a very British shade of pink - typically, Luke has just gone brown! I HIGHLY recommend a trip to the zoo if anyone is ever near San Diego (and for your info - active duty military with ID get in for free - another reason to love the US and the respect they have for their Armed Forces. British Govt please take note). I was really looking forward to seeing the polar bears (I don't think I've ever seen one in real life!) but the exhibit was not opening until the end of March - one for next time then! However, Luke made me come into the snake house which I was not that happy about, but I'm very conscious of not passing my fear/hatred of them onto him so I did it, but it wasn't the nicest experience I've ever had.
Tuesday we took a hop on - hop off trolley tour around the city, which was brilliant. We left the car at the hotel and made our first stop at a shopping mall - it wasn't the plan, but when we got on the trolley in the morning I realised I'd spilled coffee down the front of my white top and had no way of getting it out. So, off into Macys I went for a new shirt and very nice it is too (any excuse to shop I guess!). We got back on the trolley and across to Coronado Island which has great views back across the bay to San Diego. Another lovely lunch outside in the sun was followed by a few hours on the lovely beaches in front of the Hotel Del Coronado (made - fact fans - with not one nail, and the setting for Some Like It Hot). It is an absolutely gorgeous hotel and after some paddling, sand moving (by Luke!) and kite flying (by Chris), we retreated to the bar for a well deserved glass of wine (for me!)
Wednesday bought a walk around the Old Town - where San Diego was born and also the site where the first Stars & Stripes was flown in California - it's very commercial and touristy, but we were there really early so all the stores were still shut and it was lovely and quiet. We didn't spend too long there as we wanted to get back on the road. Rather than take the 4 days we did on the outbound trip we pushed on through and got home by Friday night - stopping in Tucson, Az (where we had a wonderful Greek meal) and El Paso, Tx.
It was a wonderful trip and I'm so glad we drove it - we saw bits of the country we'd never have been too otherwise and have added loads of places to our visit wishlist. Now my parents are here, the spring semesters of soccer, swimming and gym have started for Luke and life is suddenly very busy....................................................