Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beachy Keen!

 
FarmGiantDaughter has a sweet 16 this month, so we decided to take her to SoCal to celebrate!
We got in on a Friday afternoon, and checked into our room..this is the view from the room-pretty awful, huh? lol!
We ran to the store and got some beach snacks and cocktail fixin's...
and chilled on our balcony for the rest of the night.
The next day was all about the beach and relaxing...
We packed our chairs, towels and snacks and sat on the beach and watched the waves and the gulls...
took naps, read...


went for walks and looking for shells...
yeah, it was a pretty tough day lol!
It was FarmGiantDaughters first time seeing the ocean...what a neat experience it is to see the ocean for the first time!
FarmGiantDaughter is almost as tall as FarmGiant!
We were hoping to see the sun set in the ocean...








but the marine layer was a little thick...still spectacular though!
 
This was our little rental car...
I didn't think Giant was going to be able to fit in it...
but with a lot of folding and bending, he made it in...with no room to spare lol!





















Day 2 was all about the surf lesson!
As part of FarmGiantDaughters Sweet 16 So-Cal experience, we got her a...
private surf lesson! She's all geared up and ready to step into liquid!
Her instructor was Adrian, an oh so cute California surfer dude!
They headed out past the breakers...
almost there...
she caught her first wave...
and she was up for a second!
and back out to catch another one...
and she's up!!!
Hang 10!
It was so cute, every time she got up, Adrian gave a huge fist pump!
another wave...
another ride...
up again, and a double fist pump!
I love how she's holding her nose as she goes into the drink lol!
Last ride, and she's up again!
But all good things must end, even surfing...
and it's back to dry land!






She had a great time at her lesson, and her instructor said she did awesome for her first time surfing!













After the surf lesson, we walked up the beach to Harbor Fish Café to meet our friend Lisa-who also happens to be Dane's mother in law-and her cutie daughters for lunch.
















We took a little drive and did some pool time for the rest of the afternoon...just another day in paradise!




The next day, we did SeaWorld. We saw several shows,  toured the aquariums, manta rays...
held starfish...

















and had a great time!
Back to the beach to watch another sunset over the ocean...
and had another lovely dinner looking over the ocean!
beautiful!
We had a late flight the next day, so we checked out of our room and headed to beautiful Old Town San Diego...












We shopped and looked around...












and even celebrated Dias de las Muertas lol!





















We couldn't leave SoCal without the ultimate Cali fast food experience, so we stopped at In N Out on our way to the airport, yum!


We had a great trip and showed FarmGiantDaughter the total SoCal experience! Until next time, happytrails!