We left Los Angeles for a fairly short drive down the road. We had an early morning appointment at Redlands Truck & RV Service center for some upgrades to be done on the camper:
- New Glowstep Revolution steps by Torklift
- New JoyRider shocks
- And, a couple of little fixes (there's always something)
Because we aren't "early morning" kind of people, we were told that Redlands had 50amp electrical hookups outside and figured we'd spend a night in their parking lot. We were a little surprised when we got there to find that we weren't in the parking lot (locked/gated/and guarded by angry dogs) and were parked on the street. We also had to have our slide within inches of a mailbox in order for our cord to reach. I don't know how I don't have a photo of that- we were complimented in the morning by the staff.
The plan was to leave the camper with them on Tuesday and pick it up on Friday. In the meantime, we were going to enjoy Disneyland and stay at a hotel. We opted for a theme'd room and picked "Cars" as our #1 theme.
Our first day there, we napped and then had dinner at Goofy's Kitchen (which is essentially the California version of Chef Mickey's). While waiting for dinner, we met Santa - who was none-too-pleased with Paige's Jack Skellington Jacket, saying his last experience with that guy didn't go well. We ate until we were stuffed, met the characters, and then went for a walk around Downtown Disney.
We bought 4-days of tickets (that we later upgraded to 5-days). We ultimately did 3 days at Disneyland and 2 days at California Adventure. It was a lot to take in and we probably could have done it in less time, but we are slow.
Our first day was spent at Disneyland. I'll blat out a handful of pictures, but basically- we moved around the park and did as much as we could.
We did find that by the end of the first night, her ankle injury re-raised itself to the point that we ended up seeing the Disney nurses (who are totes legit) and wheelchaired her as far as we could. We rented a wheelchair each park day after that.
Our second day, we ended up at Disney California Adventure. After a quick stop to meet Oswald, we beat feet to get Radiator Springs Racers FastPasses. From there, we explored!
As with the day before, we sort of meandered our way around the park hitting attractions and shows and whatnot.
By Friday, we were supposed to be getting the camper back. Instead, we made a trip to the camper to grab extra clothes, some snacks, and living provisions for a few more hotel nights (at least through the weekend). To install the shocks, they had to move a propane line; moving the propane line, they found that it was majorly damaged by the existing equalizers between the axles; and so on... BUT, they likely saved us from a catastrophic fiery propane event out on the road. I'm not upset with them- they were great at keeping me posted as to what was going on. On the trip to the camper, we got our first taste of California traffic.
Saturday, it's not all vacation #1
We decided to lay low on Saturday as full-timing, even when at Disneyland, isn't always vacation. We hit up a Mexican restaurant suggested by a friend. It was very good, but my family really struggles with corn tortillas!
And then, a dreadful visit to Walmart. I told you, we like to party.
We finished it off with some pool time (too chilly for us adults!) and watching the fireworks from the hotel balcony.
By Sunday, we were back at the fun where we went into Disneyland again. This time, we were exploring some of the classics in Fantasyville or land or something.
We also tried some of the culinary delights. My kids were agog over the corn on the cob. We bought many of them.
The kids slept hard and well after a long fun day.
On Monday, we checked out of the hotel and headed to the RV service center. The camper wasn't done, but they agreed to get it to a point that we could overnight in it out on the road. So we did that.
Oh joyous day, we finally got our camper back and moved to Anaheim RV Park. I have to give them a ton of credit for putting up with a pain in the butt customer (aka, me). I literally called them to keep repeatedly for rescheduling based on possible expectations for getting the camper back. And then they dealt with a Sleep Number debacle in a huge way; they literally had 1/2 of a Sleep Number bed in a large box for a couple of weeks. Never once giving me attitude and always being super friendly.
Literally my only pictures from Wednesday were of us doing laundry and seeing fireworks. I guess I worked and life happened.
For Thursday, a whole Sleep Number bed arrived for me. By this point, I had a bed and a half.
But, more importantly, we were making our way back to California Adventure.
No real important pictures to post.
Paige and I assembled our Sleep Number bed. While the bed was a nightmare to get (and the gift kept giving as a 3rd bed was inadvertently delivered sometime in January), I really do love the bed. Mandie and I are able to adjust each side individually and we sleep better because of it.
This was our last Disney day. We were focused on the few remaining things that we hadn't done yet (and some repeats!).
The day before move day and what do the kids do? They build a fort in the bunkhouse, that's what!
We headed on down the road to Jamul, California, which is just outside of San Diego. We stayed there through Christmas and I have a lot of fun things to blog about. But that'll come next.
More Photos, yes really
Sadly, this was 100+ photos and this is only 1/5 of the photos + videos that I put up onto Flickr. See more on Flickr.