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:
Jumping in is the best part
She swam the entire length of the pool with her trusty kick board
Laughing at the seagulls running in the waves
Building sand castles at the Wedge
Watching a penguin swim from below
Admiring the color palettes with Gigi in the Tropical exhibit
With Papa and the Penguins
Getting a close up view of the sting rays
Family photo at Newport Beach Civic Center
Celebrating B & G’s 50th Anniversary
Someone loves her Papa
Somehow, chores are more fun on vacation
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