I posted before we left that we had a nest with two eggs on our hose holder. We got a report from Mom, who was house & pet sitting while we were on out trip, that the eggs had hatched. I finally got some pictures to share of the babies and the mama bird.
A close up of a baby.
Mama bird and two babies. See their eyes?
The bigger picture of their nest arrangements.
Their feathers are dry and getting thicker. I expect them to fly away within the week. It will be nice to roll the hose up again. We have been respectful and not bothering them.
We're home! We left Las Cruces, New Mexico, about 7:30 on Tuesday morning and pulled into our driveway in Pflugerville just before 8:00 p.m. that evening. All in all, we drove 3,218 miles door-to-door on our vacation. California was fun and a very nice break from the Texas heat, but we're glad to be back in our own beds.
Day 9 Sunday was Huntington Beach Day. Ed took the boys to go for a few hours of beach fun. I stayed at the house to do laundry and try to stop my sneezing! (Don't know what was in the air but it was upsetting my allergies!)
On the way, they stopped to try the "In-N-Out" burgers. The boys reported that the burgers were great but the fries not so good. Hummmm.......
I wish I had pictures of Huntington Beach but there was some confusion about who was to "grab the camera." Consequently, no one did. So no pics!
We had pizza and salad for dinner with Terrence and Dennis before indoctrinating Dennis into the hilarious world of Ricky Bobby (in the movie Talladega Nights.).
Day 10 Monday morning we pulled out of the drive way at 5:15am. We drove 13 hours to get to Las Cruises, New Mexico for the night. No pics from today either.
We stopped for lunch at "In-N-Out" burgers so I could try my first burger there. I agree with the boys. The burgers were good and the fries bad.
For dinner we stopped at a local New Mexico Mexican restaurant called "Spanish Kitchen." It was interesting. Not the wonderful Tex-Mex we love but certainly an experience and well received since we were "starving" after the long drive!
We plan to get up early and be on the road between 6:30 and 7am. We have another full day of driving since we decided to go straight home and not sight see out here. We are all looking forward to getting home after a long, fun, and busy vacation!
Saturday was our tourist day! We originally planned to go to the LA Zoo but decided to just do the Hollywood Blvd. stuff instead.
Here we are at the famous Pink's Hot Dog Stand on LeBrea Street. It took us 40 minutes in line to get get these incredible hot dogs. There is something special about the "snap" you get when you bite into the hot dog's natural casing. It is not your grocery store variety hot dog! Plus it is fun to get crazy ingredient on your dog!
Terrence got a "Chicago Polish Dog." I ordered a "Mullholland Drive." Mine had grilled onions and mushrooms plus bacon and nacho cheese. It was delicious!
Dane got a plain bacon and cheese dog. Ed got a chili cheese dog with onions.
Mason ordered a "Lord of the Onion Rings." He ate the entire thing plus fries!
Clark ordered a bacon, chili, cheese dog and polished it off! Next we headed to Hollywood & Highland to the Kodak Theater where the Academy Awards are held each year. We walked down to the the Mann's Chinese theater to see the hand and shoe prints of famous people.
The boys wanted their picture with Arnold's prints.
Driving in, Ed said he would love to meet Tom Hanks. This was as close as he got!
We walked up and down a few blocks of Hollywood Blvd to look at the stars. We found a Dane and a Clark as well as other famous people like Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Barbara Striesand, and many others.....
Back in the Kodak building, we walked up to the 3rd floor for the views. On one side, you can see down into the shopping area with the dancing waters. Out the other side, we could see the famous Hollywood sign!
We made a quick run to the LA Farmer's Market for some veggies and fruit for dinner before heading back. Terrence grilled chicken breast and veggies for dinner. It was super yummy!
We drove to downtown San Diego on Wednesday. We cruised the North San Diego Bay. It was a nice one hour cruise complete with narration so we knew what we were seeing!
The boys walking down the pier to the ship.
I LOVE this shot! The Navy is training dolphins to detect enemies as they swim along side Navy ships and subs. We were lucky enough to see the training in progress. I was lucky enough to get this great shot- one out of four I fired with my camera and telephoto lens.
A Navy helicopter flying over head.
Two helicopters in tight formation.
Ed and the boys enjoying the cruise.
A Naval Ship docked and being loaded to leave out.
The Coronado Bridge.
A submarine leaving the bay. Good timing for us!
A ghost ship......... boo!
Seals and Sea Lions sunning themselves.
From there we drove to Buena Park, California to Terrence and Dennis' house. After a quick trip to the grocery store, we had a lazy dinner with lots of catching up!