We were able to add on a few days to the end of the trip for just our family. We explored the San Diego area.
We visited the Birch Aquarium. A great little facility perfect for families with small children. Evie was thrilled we found Nemo and Dori. ;)
I quickly walked through the grounds of the San Diego Temple. So gorgeous! Loved the stained glass windows and how they filtered in light. Beautiful!
We also stopped by the Oceanside Pier. Very cool! Lots of surfers and a great little playground on the beach. Evie loved swinging out over the ocean. As we left the pier, we traveled down a road right along the beach. The waves were pushing water over at some points. The water was on the right and houses were on the left. I can't imagine living in one of those little houses. Craziness!
We also traveled to Coronado Island. We checked out the famous Hotel Del Coronado. It is on America's Most Haunted Hotels List. I've always wanted to see it. It's an all wooden structure and you could completely envision hotel guests in the 1890s walking around on the beach in all white with umbrellas. It was very cool. The bridge you take to the island was crazy too!
The USS Midway. Our final stop was this WW2 aircraft carrier. The twins are big history buffs and love all things WW2. I have a feeling this was one of the highlights of the trip for the twins. It was also cool because we have great grandpas on both John's and my side who served in WW2. John's great grandpa flew fighter jets in the South Pacific where this carrier was stationed. It was also used in parts of Desert Storm, which my father fought in.
The tour was very cool. It was a personal audio tour as you traveled through out the ship. My claustrophobia started to kick in. It's crazy in there. You really feel like you are in a huge tin box and the passage ways are tiny and cramped. A funny story: It was getting to be about 12:30 and Evie was hungry for lunch. And we were touring the second level of the ship we kept passing through the various mess halls and chow lines. Evie was so sad there wasn't any food. We finally saw one set up with fake food to show what it might have looked like and Evie perked up at the sight of food. "Do we get to eat now!?" It was quite funny because the food looked disgusting.
After a few hours aboard the carrier we went over to a fish market restaurant for lunch. We sat on the outside patio right on the bay. Kynna ventured out of her comfort zone and tried Mako shark. She really liked it...me not so much. But at least I tried it! :)