Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Honeymoon (Day Three, Four)

So Day 3 of our honeymoon started as we travelled from San Diego up to Orange County. On the way up, we stopped in Cardiff-by-the-Sea to eat at Pipe's Cafe, another place that Dean had told us about. Steph and I shared a breakfast burrito, which was pretty good, but not as good as Beto's.

After we dropped off our car at the Hotel, we walked over to Disneyland. To say that I was excited was an understatement.


Early on we went on Buzz Lightyear. Steph was disappointed when she found out that the ride is like a video game, and that I totally beat her at it. Sorry kiddo!

As part of being Honeymooners, we hoped that we would get treated like royalty. Get to go to the front of lines, get free food -- instead we got these buttons that say "just married" which just made all of the worker say "congratulations!" when we got on every ride. We even had to steal the hats for the picture below.


When we got to the park it was pretty crowded, so we grabbed fast passes for Splash Mountain and went back later. We were so excited.

The aftermath:

Later on, Stephanie convinced me to ride the tea cups with her. Bad idea. If you watch the video, you can mostly begin to see me get sick. Urgggh.

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The next morning we were planning on going to California adventure. Considering that the park doesn't open until 10am, we went over to Disneyland and grabbed a few rides quickly.

Space Mountain:
Indiana Jones:

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We went to California adventure right as it opened. We were one of the first on the Tower of Terror. There was so few people there that we got to ride twice!!

First time:

Second time (I am victorious!!)



Did I mention that I got whiplash while at Disneyland? I think the ride below (California Screaming) was solely responsible.
A swing ride inside of a giant orange!!

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Time to get wet on Grizzly River Rapids!
Kind of wet:


During our afternoon break, we stopped by the Disneyland Hotel. My goal was to feed the Koi fish with my own hands as I had done when I was 3 years old. Oh how the times have changed:

Stay tuned for details of our final day at Disneyland!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Honeymoon (Days One and Two)

So after Steph and I got married, we did the old traditional thing and went on a Honeymoon. It was pretty cool. Here are some of the pictures.

This picture is proof that we are not in Washington anymore.
So our plan was to drive from LAX to San Diego. On the way south and into the city, Steph wanted to see some beach. So we stopped by Mission Beach, whereupon we found some food -- A little pizza place.
We had been married less than a day at this point.

The pizza was really really good. Just one of those places where they cooked the pizza a few hours before and then they stick it in the oven when you order it. But the crust on this pizza was kind of sweet, which in turn made the pizza really good.

After we checked into our room in San Diego, we cleaned up and drove to Old Town to get some food.
While waiting for our table, we stumbled into a graveyard, where I went ghost hunting/busting.
LisMarie's dad told us to check out the Old Town Cafe. The place was pretty good. Steph had some crazy enchiladas and I had a Torta (which wouldn't be my first on the trip).
The next morning, our plan was to go to Coronado. In our attempts to find the ferry we found these huge hotels instead. I like the paintings that we saw at the Grand Hyatt:

We decided to forego the ferry to Coronado, and instead drove over. We wanted to hit the beach. I was the brave one, and decided to take a dip. The water was not warm, but I found myself to be an excellent body surfer.

Laying on the beach (and later sunburns) ensued:

After we got crispified, we went over to the Hotel del Coronado and dreamed what it would be like to be rich enough to stay there.
One of our highlights of the trip was renting bikes at the Hotel del and crusing around the town. While doing so I thought about the serious profit that our bike renter was making. I paid 10 for the hour, he paid 5 for the bike. Way to go!
After bike riding, we decided to take a recommendation from our friend Jen. She recommended Yummy Sushi right next to the Hotel del. The place turned out to be really yummy, and the waiter hooked us up with free Coke, because we were so indecisive about our beverage choice. We got some yummy tempura vegetables for appetizers.
The tempura squash scared me:
This was our Yummy Sushi -- it had jalepenos in it!!
After cleaning up again, we headed over to Balboa Park, which was fairly close to our hotel. Balboa park is this huge space filled with Museums, the San Diego Zoo and totally rad architecture.

On our way out we saw that they were doing a free silent Movie with organ accompaniment. The 10 minutes that we heard was totally cool.

Okay. That's it for our time in San Diego. Stay tuned for pics from Disneyland!!!