MLK Weekend

20 January 2016

Quinn has been asking to go to a Monster Jam Truck Rally for a while so I went searching for tickets and found that it would be in Anaheim over this 3 day weekend.  Mae got us all tickets for Christmas so off we went.

We decided to make a full weekend out of it and stayed in Anaheim that night.  


The event was at Angel Stadium.


We had watched videos on You Tube so we knew a little of what to expect.  First thing all the monster trucks come rumbling out to fireworks.


The first even is a one-on-one race around the track.  If you take the corner too quickly or clip a car you might end up on your side.


Quinn was having a great time.  We knew to get some headphones before hand and they came in handy.  It was LOUD!


The second big event was freestyle.  The trucks went over the ramps as high as they could.  It was about being as dangerous as possible without flipping the truck or getting hurt.  However the bigger the tragedy the greater the applause :)

This was the last truck to go. He not only popped off a tire but he ended up on his back.  Being the last truck he got a huge firework salute.


I have to say we had a great time.  There were lots of families and kids and it was a fun event. This was our favorite part of the night.  El Toro Loco in the freestyle event.  He came over to our side of the stadium and did a back flip and then blew smoke out his "nostrils" at us.  The crowd went nuts!!!  Fast forward to about 2:10 to see the flip.


As much as we loved our evening in Anaheim, I was really looking forward to a couple of days in Huntington Beach. 

We were fortunate that the hotel let us check in around 10:30 am so we could dump our stuff and go on an adventure.

From our room.  Ocean view, they say. 


Quinn is currently into Origami Yoda, yes origami yoda.  It's a series of books and he has turned in to an origami making machine.  Origami in the courtyard and by the pool.



There was a bridge from the hotel right to the beach.  



On the pier.




Pelican in rest.



We looked for a geocache on the pier and the hint was "yuck".  Yes, it was a tiny cache stuck in some fake gum.  Yuck is right!


Proof I was there :)


There was a slight downslope leaving the pier and Quinn navigated his way through the crowds like a boss.






Another geocache was found near this (naked) surfer statue.


Down time.


I went out by myself to check out the sunset.





If you didn't know this, I love intentionally out of focus images especially at the beach.


The sunset wasn't spectacular by the sky was so lovely.



The hotel.



Sunday we walked back in to town, had some coffee, and then back to the hotel to sit by a firepit and eat dippin dots.  The pools are heated but the weather wasn't really conducive to getting out of a pool.

Overall just a great weekend of relaxation.  Much needed.

Sarah said...

Wow! Looks like you had an amazing weekend!! What a beautiful hotel!!

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