Our final hoorahs…

Our last full day in Los Angeles. At the beginning of the week, it seemed that a week would be way too much time to spend here, but then, today, I realize we need so many more days to see everything we want and experience all that this wonderful city has to offer.

Breakfast, again, started our day, but as time goes on, I have less and less, because they tend to serve the same stuff, and less of some things, like sausages.

Since it’s our last day, we wanted to catch a few special things, the first of which was the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, home of the Robert Schuller ministry. This is the most magnificent facility I’ve ever seen! Outside is a skyscraper-sized structure with a meditation room at its center. We went to the gift shop, got some souvenirs, toured the grounds, complete with a memory gardens – at a very high-ticket price – and sat in the sanctuary listening to the largest pipe organ ever. It was pretty special, and the boys were just as impressed as Rodney and I were.

From there, we headed to Corona, the Fender guitar museum. The boys were thrilled to death and even got to play a Fender, a bass and electric drums. Zach got to see a guitar that used to be and was signed by Jimi Hendrix. He was in heaven! We had a good time there and then we found an In and Out Burger in Norco. If we had found one sooner, we would have eaten there more! The fast food eatery only serves three burgers – hamburger, cheeseburger and double cheeseburger – makes homemade french fries every day, and is VERY inexpensive. We all ate, and filled up, on $20!

We saw the San Bernadino Mountains, and the terrain in that part of California was a stark difference from the beach area. We drove up the 15, hit the 10, and went downtown to the University of Southern California Science Museum, where we had only about an hour and a half to see everything, but focused on the Comic Book Heroes exhibit, which was expensive, but we had a blast playing with the exhibits. I got a call from Mom that Dad had to be taken to the VA emergency room because his leg had a growing spot feared to be a blood clot. She let me know in another call that he was fine, but had a bad infection that they were treating with anitbiotics.

We went from the museum to the Santa Monica Pier, where the boys played games and Zach rode the Scrambler. They won a stuffed “Stewie” from Family Guy and a basketball, Zach had his picture drawn by a cartoonist, and we walked along the pier, which was divine! After just an hour or so there, we decided to go to Redondo Beach to Joe’s Crab Shack, because Rodney wanted to treat us to something special on our last night. We had a lot of fun, and the food was delicious! The boys got eye-fulls of the waitresses and full bellies.

When we went back to the motel, we spent the evening packing up, and Rodney had to get more luggage. I think we’re all pretty sad to see the vacation come to an end. It has been an amazing week!