This year marked our 4th annual 4th of July visit to B & G’s (aka Papa and Gigi). I’m not really sure how this trip became a tradition, but it’s something we have looked forward to every year (even if it isn’t our only CA trip of the year). There are always the simple, “traditional” things we do each time – pool, beaches, parks, walk to Mag’s Donuts, clam chowder at Sabatino’s, Farmer’s Market, fireworks show from the balcony… And then we always add something new to the trip – keep things lively. This year we visited the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. It was D’s first visit to an aquarium and she quickly discovered her favorite animals – sting rays and sea otters. I, personally, would second the sea otters and add jelly fish to the top of my list – especially the jellies that have lights. Nature sure is amazing and I’m convinced that tropical fish were designed by Crayola.
Besides the aquarium, this trip’s highlights were celebrating B & G’s 50th wedding anniversary, a little early, with a nice dinner at Gulfstream in Newport Beach; watching D’s confidence in swimming grow stronger each day in the pool; watching the strong surf at the Wedge and playing in the sand, seaweed and tidal pools in Little Corona. So fun!
Here are some highlight photos from the trip: