Anywho, back to the travel. We have a timeshare, and thought we'd try two of the more obscure resorts (aka, not Disneyland or San Diego). We stopped in Indio CA and spent two days swimming because it's just as hot there as home.
Our next stop was Big Bear, a city in the mountains of San Bernardino County. It's where the people of LA go to ski in the winter. There's also a lake and lots of places to hike. We went hiking, took a pirate ship tour, and played monopoly. We really know how to have a good time.
|Kiwi is making a face because the pirate is trapping her with a snake.|
|Kiwi won. She barely reads, and yet she beat us all soundly. I think we have a new luck sucker.|
Just a few happenings in Big Bear - On the "hike" along the lake, Chad left me with the older two because the younger two were done. We didn't have two cell phones because mine was dead (as usual), so meeting up at the end became dicey. We were supposed to meet at an observatory, but it wasn't accessible on foot. We found each other eventually, but I was pretty stressed waiting around (15 minutes is an eternity sometimes) and wondering if we were going to have to hitch a ride back to the resort.
On the Pirate ship, one of us had the wonderful idea (I won't say who) to buy candy and soda to feed the kids and keep them "busy" on the 90 minute trek around the lake. We were trapped in a 1/3 scale replica of a pirate ship with a sugar high almost 2 year old and no way off. This was our first experience seeing a direct link between sugar consumption and crazy in JW. Eventually he was left to scream it out on the floor because nothing else was working. I'm sure the rest of the tour LOVED us.
Overall, this was our kind of trip. Laid back with plenty of time to chill and do absolutely nothing. The kids got their fill of cable cartoons, and I got my fill of vacation. Home is always so much nicer after being away for a while.