Day 5 was really just designed to be a travel day. The plan was to leave San Diego in the morning as soon as morning traffic had died down, get to L.A. around lunch time, have lunch, see the Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater, the Hollywood sign, and then get out of town heading to Anaheim before traffic got bad. Best laid plans...
The older two girls decided they wanted one more beach visit since they had missed the afternoon at the beach that Addie and I did. That was going to throw us completely off schedule, but who can resist one more beach trip? We went back to Coronado Beach this time. It is such a gorgeous, wide beach with the finest white sand.
It was early enough that we basically had the whole beach to ourselves. We could sit out there pretending we were classy enough and rich enough to be staying at the beautiful, iconic Hotel Del Coronado.
We spent the morning playing in the waves and the sand, enjoying our last day in the San Diego area.
This picture on the restroom on the beach made me giggle. Frank L. Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz, spent many winters at the Del during the years that he was writing the Oz books. Some say that the Emerald City was inspired by the Del. I wonder how Baum would feel about his characters adorning the bathroom doors!
After showering and checking out of the condo, a So Cal bucket list item could be checked off - lunch at In-n-Out Burger.
Our impression was... well... meh. We were underwhelmed. That's OK though. We can now say we've had an In-n-Out Burger. The milkshakes were tasty. After lunch, we were Hollywood bound! This L.A. detour was Nina's idea. She was dying to get a picture with the Hollywood sign in the background. Although neither J.C. nor I had any desire to brave L.A. traffic, it seemed cruel to come within 30 miles of Hollywood and not let Nina get her picture. Without further ado... happy girl.
Another So Cal bucket list item checked off! After pictures, we did the world's fastest tour of the Hollywood and Highland area, bought a couple souvenirs and hopped back on the road to join L.A. rush hour traffic. It took us a full two hours to drive the 30 miles to Anaheim. We can all now say we have seen the Hollywood sign though.
We arrived at our condo in Anaheim and walked over to Downtown Disney for dinner. Our dinner at Napolini was a mixed bag. My salad was excellent, but J.C.'s pizza was inedible. He threw most of it away. Poor guy... it was not a great way to end a pretty exhausting day. We all collapsed in bed right after dinner to get a good sleep before our first Disney day the next day.