We're back! Cait has started a new job, we're both working on starting our business, and school is back in session (Cait is taking just a few more classes than I am).
Earlier this month we went to what has been called the happiest place on earth! Disneyland in Anaheim, California. As you can see from this handy dandy map, it's a number of miles away from here. The drive is approximately 14 hrs and is exactly 944 miles (which means we put at least 1888 miles on our car).
The first day was spent primarily in the car. We drove. We drove some more. And then we drove even more. Then we stopped. We ate Quiznos (which beats Subway by 944 miles) and then we got back on the road. We didn't want to drive all night so we decided to stop in Redding, California. Here's another map because maps are super cool.
We also made a stop at one of the two great restaurants that we don't have in our area: In-and-Out Burger. It's the best burger joint this side of the universe. It was fantastic. The menu is simple and your choices are clear. Do you want a really yummy burger. Order the burger. Do you want a really yummy cheese burger? Order the cheeseburger. Also fries and a drink are sold there. Those are pretty good too.
We got up early to beat traffic and stopped for a bit in Sacramento, California. We got to see the capitol building of California. They had a cool display for each county in the state. Even though we love Oregon, we thought it was pretty cool. Unfortunately we couldn't stay so we didn't get to see any committees or sessions. Some day we may make our way back there to see committee, session, and find the portrait of Ronald Reagan somewhere in the building.
After our stop we headed to Anaheim, California. I already showed you a map for that right?
Cait reminded me went to Downtown Disney that evening. It's a section of the park between Disneyland and California Adventure that you don't need a ticket to get to. It has regular shops but also a massive (emphasis on the mass) Disney store called World of Disney. It has a Disney-everything basically.
So the rain was pouring, old men were snoring (probably), and we were gonna get soaked if we set foot in the House of Mouse. Instead we decided to make the trek to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. I bet you'd like to see a map for that.
We saw all kinds of pictures, displays, videos, and paintings. It's a tribute to one of the greatest presidents in modern history, and one of the world's greatest leaders. The section about his passing was one of the saddest things we'd seen in a museum. He was a great man.
We also had a tour of his really cool airplane aka Air Force One (where we took our presidential pictures), saw a replica of the Oval Offie in 1988, and got a quick glimpse of a piece of the Berlin wall the President helped bring down. It was a fantastic experience.
Steps walked: 12,711
Miles walked: 5.5
There were still threats of rain, but we couldn't contain our excitement any longer. We had to get to Disneyland. It was a little damp early the first day so we had to do a few indoor rides first. Pirates of the Caribbean was the first ride we went on. It was a swashbuckling good time. Then we rode lots of other rides including Thunder Mountain Railroad (which would be insanely unsafe if it were an actual railroad instead of a Disneyland ride). We rode the Indiana Jones ride. We also got to see the Aladdin Broadway Musical in California Adventure during it's final week of being produced. We enjoyed it very much and will miss it the next time we're there.
Steps walked: 29,284
Miles walked: 12.7
This was the day that tricked everyone but us into staying away from Disneyland. The weather said rain was coming but hardly ever did. This wonderful surprise helped us enjoy the park free of lines. One of the things I forgot to mention was that the park was still decked out for Christmas while we were there. We got to go on It's a small world Christmas, see Christmas lights everywhere, and enjoy some Disney Christmas cheer.
We also went on the new Space Mountain which is now called Hyperspace Mountain. It's a Star Wars themed ride and it's quite fantastic (and would be very unsafe it were an actual spaceship instead of a ride at Disneyland). We hung out in Paradise Pier a lot that day. We went on the Ferris Wheel, and the Symphony Swings (which was as musical as it sounds), but spent the most time on the rollercoaster, California Screamin'. It's the only ride in Disneyland that goes upside down and therefore meets Cait's requirement to be an actual ride. Apparently Disneyland is famous for its corndogs. We had one and discovered that they are indeed excellent. Would eat again.
That evening in Paradise Pier we attended the music, water, and light show dubbed World of Color. It was quite enjoyable, and very epic. It highlighted the legacy of Walt Disney, and all the famous movies his company made (or bought like Star Wars). There was even fire 🔥. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that the video was projected on water coming out of fountains! Epic indeed.
Steps walked: 30,956
Miles walked: 14.7
The final morning we basically owned Cars Land. We rode the Cars ride repeatedly until the line was too long and then we hung out in Radiator Springs with Mater and Lighting McQueen. Next, we went to Bugs Land and to the very scary 4D show about how it's tough to be a bug. Those guys have it rough, and unfortunately they are going to continue to have it rough at our apartment (sorry bugs).
We finished checking rides off our list to make sure we did as many as possible. Overall Cait seemed to enjoy her first Disneyland adventure and I enjoyed giving her a tour and taking her from ride to ride. We can't wait to go back.
Steps walked: 33,078
Miles walked: 15 miles
We drove and drove more. We stopped at the first Dutch Bros we saw. Then we drove some more. Stopped at Chick-Fil-A (the second great restaurant we do not have near us). Then we drove a lot more. We did enough sitting to make up for three days spent walking and standing in Disneyland.
Steps walked: 1309
Miles walked: Basically none thankfully