We left home at 7:30 Friday night (the 27th) and drove, and drove, and drove some more! We got to the border at 3am, stopped in Butte, Montana for breakfast, and other than that only stopped for gas and the occasional pee break until we reached Birgham City, Utah around 3:00 Saturday afternoon. We spent the night at a KOA campground, shopped at the local Wal-Mart (of course!), went swimming and had homemade ice cream at the campground. We packed up in the morning and went on to Mesquite, Nevada where we stayed Sunday & Monday night. Sunday we drove back to St. George, Utah (1/2 hour drive, but left Nevada, through Arizona, and back into Utah & a different time zone) to go shopping at the outlet mall there. It's beautiful country, but it's definitely hot!!! It was 108 degrees while we were in Mesquite, we spent lots of time at the pool and searching for air conditioning! Monday morning we packed up again and headed to California. We stopped in North Las Vegas at a tire shop for Dad's van, and went to shopping at Target to kill some time. After waiting 1 1/2 hours, we found out that they didn't have Dad's tires after all, and we may be heading back there yet! We drove on through Baker, CA where they have the world's largest thermometre which read 109 (but thankfully were leaving since we heard it was supposed to reach 111 degrees over the next couple of days). We stopped at Peggy Sue's Diner for dinner (what a fun place!) and then headed on to Pemona CA where we spent Monday night.
We had an amazing view from our site but unfortunately had some unwelcome guests as well that came up from the valley (skunks!) and we trapped ourselved in our tent for bed by 9:30. Tuesday morning we packed up once more and headed to LA where we went & picked up the rest of our crew from LAX. We spent Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at Disneyland (which the kids said is a dream come true) and Saturday at Universal. The weather was great, but got a little too hot at Universal yesterday and some of us got a wee bit red.... This morning we went to church at the Crystal Cathedral which was the most amazing thing. What a beautiful place!! We drove to San Diego today and will be here until Thursday. We're looking at the zoo tomorrow, Sea World on Tuesday, and then probably the beach on Wednesday. It was pretty dark when we got here today, and we didn't see much ocean, but did get a glimpse of some surfers!!!