God provided so many things for our trip. First of all, there is a family who is willing to open their home for missionaries to stay in for free. Second, James has a friend from high school who is an animator for Disney. He graciously showed us around the Disney animation studios and then on top of that gave us tickets for a day at Disneyland!! If it wasn't for these 2 blessings, this trip would have probably not happened. I will do this in a couple of posts.
We arrived early Sunday morning and rented a car and went straight to Hollywood. James found directions to the Griffith Observatory which overlooks LA as well as the Hollywood sign, which was one of Ella's requests to see.
When we finished taking pictures and had taken in all the sights there, we headed off for the Walk of Fame...you know all the famous folks' stars and hand and footprints in front of the Chinese Theater? This was Ella's second request. She LOVED seeing different people's stars, and both girls loved putting their hands and feet in other people's to see who has the same size they do. I think Ella took about 100 pictures here.
That is wrap on day 1 in Hollywood. A few days later we took a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to my favorite city in all of America...San Diego!! I was so looking forward to being on the beach again. It was a bit chilly, and I hadn't brought anyone's swimsuit. I was planning for us just to walk along the beach, see the seals in La Jolla and maybe head to Balboa Park to play. Well...our trip didn't quite go as planned. We got to La Jolla and found the seals and a small beach area. The girls and I walked down the steps to the beach barefoot and ready to enjoy the water for the first time since we left Poland. The water was a bit choppy but it felt nice.
You can see that we were quite happy to be by the ocean water again!! We even got to see a couple of seals up close.
Ella found an amazing shell that was just floating along in the water. It is seriously one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
But then the unexpected happened. The water got very choppy all of a sudden.
We had just decided to head back up to James with the cool shell when out of no where a giant wave attacked us...We were not that close to the water as you can see in this picture.
But that did not stop the wave from soaking Ella and myself from the head down.
Yeah, this is not how I was expecting the time to end after only about 10-15 minutes in my favorite area. However, we had no clothes, towels, nothing. We were soaking wet and covered in sand and salt water. So we had to turn around and head back to the house. I was oh so sad!
But once we got back and cleaned up, we headed out to see Big Hero 6 and Wahoo's fish tacos. So all was not a loss...however, I had my camera with me and the wave killed my brand new lens James just bought me. Boo!!!