March 31, 2009

Arizona, California, Mexico, Colorado, and Oregon

We recently arrived home from our vacation to the South. We went to Arizona, California, Mexico, Colorado, and Oregon. Although we weren't expecting to spend much time in Denver, and Portland was a complete surprise. The temperature in Meridian dropped into the thirties and fourties while we were gone, which was fortuitous for us to be in the warm southern climes.
     Went to San Diego, and met with some friends at Seaport Village and then toured the Aircraft Carrier Midway, a floating museum. We then headed to Los Angeles to meet with Melissa's brother and visit the Getty museum.
     The next stop of our tour was at Disneyland. It was busy due to spring break, but we optimized our time there with the help of and had a wonderful visit. The fireworks display was especially nice due to the large crowds, I think.

     After a few days of California, we headed back to Arizona. We went to the Big Eye Mine near Castle Dome in the Kofa Wilderness (PDF Map of Kofa Wildlife Refuge). The mine is at the end of a 15 mile very bumpy trail. It was a fun excursion, despite the rough road.
     We also visited Algodones, Mexico. It was a fun visit, but the line to re-enter the U.S.A. was painfully long. But We had been prepped for what we saw by Disneyland.

The rides we went on at Disneyland:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Jungle Cruise
Indiana Jones
Pirates of the Caribbean
Haunted Mansion
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Toy Story Mania
It's Tough to Be a Bug!
California Screamin' Roller Coaster
Grizzly River Run
Matterhorn Bobsleds
Small World
Splash Mountain

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