On Thursday morning we went to Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The castle is up on top of a mountain over looking 9,000 acres and the ocean. It is now a state park but was once owned by Adolf Hearst. He was a huge news paper giant in the early 19th century. Quite a powerful figure who rubbed elbows with manny famous/interesting ppl. He let Zebra, Lamas, Elk, Moose, bears, and lions. He built his castle out of artifacts found in Spain, Italy, Greece, and Egypt. A very interesting property. Then it was several hours down the coast to LA. We drove around Sunset Blvd, saw Beverly Hills, the gates of the Playboy mansion (there wsa a mistake at the gate and we somehow didn't get out on the list to get in). Then ended the night with a comedy show at the Laugh Factory.
We were finally ready for Disneyland. After sleeping in for the first time during the last six days, we drove to the theme park and after about an hour of trying to park we finally made it inside. The lines weren't horrible so we got to see quite a bit. My favorite ride was Space Mountain and Kristi's Indiana Jones. After spending most of the day at the park we drove down to Huntington Beach the surf capital of the US. I was hoping to see some surfers but it was too late in the day when we got to the beach. The area was stunning with surf, sand, beach volley ball nets, and a nice walkable downtown with freindly locals. I could get used to a place like Huntington Beach. After that we drove up to Hollywood to see Kristi's cousin perform a hip-hop show at a club. The show was great, the drinks over priced, the club was ok but not our usual type of place to hang. We prefer our local taverns to a dress code club any day.
We're making our decent home up I-5. We did stop in Bakersfield at an animal shelter that Kristi works with in Seattle. This shelter gets many dogs and will sometimes drive up I-5 to other shelters dropping off dogs at select shelters along the way. It was nice for Kristi to see the shelter and appreciate what they do. Other than that lots of driving in flat desertlike conditions. More tomorrow if we do anything fun.