We drove to Arizona for our annual baseball spring training vacation. It was very fun. We stayed there for four days and 3 nights. The first day we mostly just drove. First, we went to Waffle House to eat. Their waffles are so good!!
Next, we went to the University of Phoenix Stadium. There wasn’t a game going on. We just walked around the grounds. Sadly, we got trapped in, but we found a way out.
After, we went to the Renaissance Marriott to rest.
A little later, we drove to ASU where my dad went to college. We walked around a little and found bean pods. Sarah, my little sister, was obsessed with them. Next, we sat in a golf cart and drove back to the hotel.
Day 1 was awesome, and I couldn’t wait for the next.
We journeyed to the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, Louisiana.
First, we got our tickets to the train. Each of us received a bucket of animal food. If you go there, try to get the back train car.
Millions of deer
The animals follow you in the back!! We fed the animals. It is an hour and thirty minutes. The center owns over 4,000 animals! We got to see deer fighting, feed llamas from our hand, and drop food on the ground. Some toddlers threw their bucket of food out or dumped out all their food.
We were not allowed to feed the zebras because they bite. There were also some cattle from Asia that looked like Texas longhorns. We went around and, finally, got back to the station. The Global Wildlife Center was very fun and I’d like to go there again.
We spent Christmas in Lousiana. Waking up early, we started to open presents. First, we checked our stockings.
I got tons of sweets, necklaces, and toys. Then, we opened Grandma and Grandad’s presents. I received Nerf guns, clothes, jewelry and more!
On Christmas Eve, we opened our presents from our great grandfather. We got $100!! Also, our uncle gave us a ten dollar gift card to Amazon! Additionally, we got fifty dollars from our great uncle and aunt! The Christmas party was very fun! There was even CHERRY CHESSCAKE!!!! (Yum!) After the party, we played with all the toys we had received. We had a great Christmas!!!!!
We didn’t do as much on day four on the central coast of California because of the rain. Also, we had to drive back home.
The first thing we did was go to Pea Soup Andersen’s. It serves more than 2 million bowls of pea soup a year. This restaurant is an iconic restaurant stop on the central coast. Also, it is very tasty. Furthermore, the meals are huge so it filled us up till the next day. If you go to Chick-fil – A and you love it, then you will also love Pea Soup Andersen’s chicken tenders.
Our next stop was Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center in Ventura. I purchased a little island fox stuffie which was adorable. I named my fox Channel. The island foxes are only found on 6 of the 8 Channel Islands. The island foxes are not found anywhere else. You could also see some of the Channel Islands.
Overall, day four was great!!
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My favorite tree is the one that once fit 80 people. You could walk inside it.`
Also, the banana slugs were cool. You can see them all throughout the park. The are yellow, slimy slugs that are poisonous. If you eat them, your face will puff up and be all swollen. The yellow on the slug means, “Go away. I am poisonous!”
There was also an albino tree. It had white leaves.
Next, we went to the logging town there. It is next door at Roaring Camp Railroad. Many redwoods used to be cut for their strong, firm wood. I gobbled a grilled cheese and hot chocolate. It was freezing so the hot chocolate was definitely a good choice.
There was also a blacksmith shop, a steam train, and tons of other stuff.
Our final stop was The Giant Dipper roller coaster at the seaside Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Since only my brother, John, and I like big roller coasters ( my sis likes them but she is not tall enough), we rode on it together. It is super fun.
Our second day on the Central California Coast was super fun.
The first thing we did was see the monarch butterflies. There were tons of them in the trees. There was one also on the fence super close to me. The butterflies will stay there for the winter. They were very cool.
Next, we went to Dinosaur Cave park. It had a great view of the Pacific Ocean. I played on the tire swing for a little while with my siblings.
After that, Dad and I played football on the grassy lawn. Dinosaur Cave Park was super fun!!
Next to the freeway there were tons of cows grazing. We saw one close up but he did not look happy. (He had views of the ocean!?) With the cows at Hearst Ranch, there were zebras grazing.
The 3rd to last stop was “The Elephant Seals”!! There were a couple juvenile males. The rest were females. If you go, you may see them flipping sand on themselves. Why do they flip sand on themselves? It works as sunscreen.
Now, this is a super cool stop. Moonstone Beach!! With great climbing trees, colorful pebbles, and a cave, we had a blast playing there.
Our next stop was the Madona Inn. It is like a castle inside and the rooms are super cool. We did not stay at the Madona Inn.
Next, we had lunch at the Ragged Point. It was Thanksgiving. Cheeseburgers instead of turkey!! We took the 1 which is a long freeway with an ocean view.
Lots of car commercials are filmed on the 1 on the Big Sur coast. Our last stop was Starbucks. I got the Christmas Ice Ginger Loaf. Day 2, Thanksgiving, was another super fun day!!!