**WARNING…long post (more of a journal for me) but, feel free to read about our week in California if you dare…
We arrived in San Diego early this afternoon after getting to the airport at 7:30AM, (3 hours before the flight left) because we were flying stand-by & the flight was VERY full. There were 15 stand-by’s & 18 seats available so we didn’t want to take any chances that we wouldn’t get on the flight, there are only 4 flights per week.
The flight was uneventful…thankfully! The kid’s were pretty well behaved, my son got a bit restless at times but, other than that no biggie. I had booked everything online before hand. My hubby had sent me this link for the car rental called Rent 4 Less Car Rental (Blue Oval Car Rental) or Ace. After waiting 25 mins for our luggage to come off the plane we went out to the courtesy waiting area for all the shuttles for the car rental places, we waited about 10 minutes & didn’t see one for Rent 4 Less so we called the company & they told us they would send out the shuttle & it should be there in about 10 mins…OK, the kid’s are getting really impatient especially my son, the shuttle finally shows up & the driver drops us off at the car rental place, I laughed when we pulled up because this place was a “dive”, so we walk in & she looks up our name & our confirmation number & informs us that there is no reservation for us in her system…WHAT??? I booked online & well “they” certainly took my reservation & than she says oh, you booked with Rent 4 Less, well they are no longer a company…blah, blah, blah (thank goodness I didn’t have to use my credit card number to reseve) she says I’ll call another company for you & see if they have anything for you, sure they do for another $100 for the week, she says you can go there & my manager will reimburse you the difference but, of course I have to pay that money up front…ah NO, can you drop us off at Enterprise? Sure, thanks. We arrive at Enterprise, long line up but, “luckily” we got a car even though there was none left apparently, we got a “economy” car, I’m sooooo spoiled with power locks, power windows, room to stretch out, AC that works well, DVD Player, stereo, etc :}
Oh but, the weather is glorious, sunny, slightly breezy, warm temperatures but, not too hot, the perfect temperature & the smell, it smells divine here, I wish I could somehow have the smell of the ocean come across my blog :}
Anyways, we hit the highway & find out where our hotel is which for the first 2 nights is the Mission Plaza Hotel & Suites, than we grabbed a bite to eat & than checked into our hotel, we got upgraded to a kid’s suite for no additional cost which was nice, it has bunk beds, well I think it’s nice but, than again the kid’s fought over who got to sleep on the top bunk for the first night! Friendly staff, fairly clean rooms, I’m pretty picky so in my eyes it could be better especially for what they charge nowadays to stay in a hotel.
We got settled in than got ready to go to the beach (that’s what we’re here for), so we hopped in the car & headed to Ocean Beach, an 8 minute drive maybe, we pull out of the hotel and, I stop at a red light, I’m waiting patiently, I look in my rearview mirror & guess who is behind me? Corey Miller from LA Ink! well that’s where I watch him every week although his shop is called Six Feet Under, it was soooo funny, I was sooo excited, I said to my hubby don’t look around because I kept turning around, I’m sure Corey Miller thought I was nuts but, than again I’m sure he gets it alot! so my hubby checked him out & he said are you sure? I said absolutely, so we turned, he raced by me, he was driving FAST!!! & well I sort of caught up to him when he turned off onto another road, I wanted to take a pic but, I didn’t want to look like a freak! My daughter kept saying follow him Mommy, get his autograph, now I’m sure that wouldn’t go off to well…some crazy Canadian following him home!
We finally arrived at the beach, found parking, it was BUSY, the kid’s loved the sand & surf (which was huge), so did my hubby, too stinkin’ cold for me though, maybe tomorrow. Than we came back to the hotel & got all the sand out of every nook & cranny than went to Target quickly (I’ll go back tomorrow AM!), than grabbed dinner & now the kid’s have just FINALLY crashed & we are just hanging…well I’m creeping some blogs now!
I’ll leave you with 2 pics of my kiddies having fun!
Well I should get to bed I guess! I’m sure tomorrow will be another fun day!