Ahhh...good to be home, good to be home. Oh, who am I kidding. I wanna go back on vacation!!!! We had a great time out on the west coast. Just me and the wife, no rug rats!
We spent the first 2 days out in San Diego. Great scenery out there and awesome weather. Each day out there was around 68 and 69 degrees and mostly sunny. We spent the first full day there running around the down town area, then out to Coronado Island. We too the ferry out to Coronado which was awesome passing all the air craft carriers. We visited the Coranado Del Hotel, which is an awesome place. It's right out on the beach. We took some pics out on the beach, and of course got our feet out into the ocean, and it was sooo cold.
The next day we checked out of our hotel and went to Sea World. In hindsite, we could take or leave Sea World. Totally over priced (which all of those places are) and for us not a ton to see. We left there around 3:00 and headed to Pacific Beach to have dinner before heading to L.A. The restaurant was right on the beach, and it was gorgous having dinner and watching the sun go down.
After dinner, we headed to L.A. Anaheim, actually. We checked into the Desert Palm hotel, just down the street from Disney. This was Saturday night, so we just crashed until the next day. We made reservations for Sunday evening to take a plane ride around L.A. at night. Since Cali is 3 hours behind Indiana, we elected to drive out to a mall to have lunch and walk around for a while. We went back to the hotel and rested up for the plane ride. The plane took us all around the L.A. area and out to the harbors and such. We got back to the hotel around midnight California time, which was really like 3:00am to us. So, needless to say we crashed big time!
Monday we took a tour bus out to Universal Studios. This was a blast. Running around the park acting like teenagers again (man, we're getting old!) After the park closed at 6:00pm, we strolled around the shops outside the park waiting for out tour bus at 8:00. The bus then took us down to the Walk of Fame outside the Chinese theater. This was great to finally see the walk of fame after seeing it on TV all my life. The bus then took us around the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, etc.
While at Universal Studios, we got free guaranteed tickets to the Tonight Show for Tuesday. We decided to do this instead of Disney (sure was cheaper). We drove down to Burbank after figuring out directions and had lunch at the WB cafeteria. We headed over to the NBC lot and got in line for the show. The Pages got everyone who had the guaranteed tickets off to the side, and after figuring out how many others to let in, let us in and showed us to the seats. We sat over by the band, basically to the left of Kevin Eubanks. Leno came out and warmed the audience up. He really seemed like nothing but class. The guests were Courtney Love and Brad Garrett. He was hilarious, and she was actually coherant
After coming out of the Tonight Show, there was a guy asking if people wanted to go to Last Call w/ Carson Daly. We said sure, and headed over to that studio. We had awesome seats there, sitting in the second row. I was on the end, and when Carson came out I literally could have reached out and smacked him (hehehhe.) He actually was taping two shows that night, so we got two for the price of one. He last guest was the musical guest, it was a rapper called Xhibit, or however it is spelled. Of course, neither of us had heard of him. They wanted people in the front rows to stand in front of the stage and dance and cheer and stuff as this guy performed. So, here we were, these two country music listening, square midwesterners, on national tv standing front and center trying to dance to rap music. It wasn't pretty
That was pretty much it. The next morning, we packed and checked out of the hotel, then headed out to LAX for our flight back to Indiana. I won't start back on my workout program until Monday. I sure have a lot of work to do to get my diet back in place since California basically destroyed it