April was a busy month for us (towards the end, anyway). Our travels took us from Disneyland, to Chicago, and on to San Diego. Fun!
I had a conference in Chicago, and we had planned to fly out a few days early to do some sight-seeing. However, mechanical problems with our plane meant that our departure from Long Beach was delayed for a day. So, we did what anyone with an extra day in Orange County would do: we went to Disneyland!
After a fun-filled day of rides and frozen bananas in the Magic Kingdom, we departed for Chicago. We had a blast eating deep-dish pizza, craning our necks looking at skyscrapers, and gazing at paintings at the Art Institute. Robby also got to take an architecture cruise on the Chicago river while I went to presentations on library software. We both agreed that the highlight of our trip was a visit to the restaurant on the 96th floor of the John Hancock building.
Less than 24 hours after returning to Pasadena, Robby’s parents arrived from Mississippi. We spent 2 days exploring San Diego, starting with a trip to the Wild Animal Park. It was definitely a trip to get so close to wild animals! Our favorites were the giraffes, rhinos, and elephants. Two baby elephants were born at the park this spring, so we spent lots of time basking in the cuteness.
After a day at the Wild Animal Park, we headed out bright and early for a trip to the U.S.S. Midway museum. The Midway is a decommissioned aircraft carrier, and it’s been restored with lots of interesting exhibits and historic aircraft. Robby had a blast exploring the planes and listening to the audio tour. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy spending the day on an aircraft carrier, but even I was impressed.
After walking around the harbor and driving through downtown San Diego, we headed back to Pasadena to recover from our adventures. The day before Robby’s parents headed home, Carol helped me shop for and plant a bunch of flowers and patio trees (roses, a pear tree, strawberries, tomatoes, gardenias, and jasmine). I love my newly verdant patio and balcony! I can’t wait to spend summer evenings lounging on the patio.
Our April travels definitely kept us busy. Next up: a trip to Nashville and a side trip to visit our favorite nephew in Birmingham. We can’t wait!