Monday, July 28, 2008

My Super-Fantastic-Extremely-Long California Adventure.

Well, I'm back, for the past 11 days I have been just feet away from the California Coastline. Justin and I were invited to the beach by the Bendels. It was so much fun, first of all we started off leaving on a Wednesday morning, our plan was to reach "The Edward's" sometime that evening. The ride to California went pretty fast, I was able to skim through my iPod from Z to A and we never listened to the same song twice, it was fun. During our stay with the Edwards we played a ton of Basketball @ the park (including a wicked intense game with a gang of Asians) and went to this freaking tight backyard pool @ one of their neighbors house. We also went to the stake center there and spent a night playing basketball, volleyball and (my favorite) Soccer! It was a lot of fun and I'm glad for the opportunity I had to meet them and become friends.
The Gang, with Brennen Edwards.

After leaving the Edwards we went to stay with Heidi and Enrique Romero, they have 3 awesome little girls who are filled with TONS of energy and were more than willing to entertain us during our stay. We also went to the stake center with them to play a few games of basketball and volleyball. (Enrique and I whipped Lanae and Heidi) It was really fun. We went to church with them that Sunday, it was a good sacrament meeting then we spent the rest of the time chatting with some of the Bendels friends, it was good times. After that was over we left straight from church and went to the BEACH!
The gang with Enrique and Heidi's Family.
We camped right on the Beach, right in the sand and everything, we were in tents and the weather was perfect everyday! Tami's Friends from Tucson met us there the second night in their massive motor home. It was sweet, they came prepared with anything, I was so grateful for Aunt Delene's and Aunt Deb's amazing cooking skillz. Every meal was awesome and tasted so good. They also brought their kids: Brittnee and her friend Josh, Donny, Mike and his girlfriend Marina. It was fun to meet all of them and hang out with them all week at the beach.
During our time at the beach we did everything! we... played basketball, volleyball (with cute girls... and not so cute marines), soccer, football, baseball, we built sand castles we body surfed we skim boarded, we went on long walks, we made new friends, we got attacked by a swarm of bee's, we got scolded by the beach officers, and we ate good food, oh and did i mention we all came back with sexy Californian tans.
All of us eating the awesome food cooked by Deb and Delene.

Then just when we thought it was over, Tami's friends invited us to go to Sea World with them on Friday, we were a bit skeptical at first because we were planning on coming home Friday but Tami got talked into it by Delene and Deb so the plan was to be at Sea World from Open to Close, and thats just what we did. Sea World was a lot of fun, my favorite parts were getting soaked by Shamu and watching all the trained sea animals. It blows my mind to see just how trained those huge whales, dolphines and sea lions can be. As the day was coming to a close we all had a really good dinner one last time in the motorhome. Around 12:00 we STILL did not know where we were going to sleep that night. We ended up trying to camp out at a Wal-Mart but the security wouldnt let us put up our tents, so the next 2 hours of that dreadfull morning was spent on a wild goose chase to find a hotel that wasnt all full up. We finally found a sweet Hampton Inn back in Temecula. It was 2:00 in the morning and we were all so tired, we just zonked out and waiting for that rude awakening the next morning. So about 1:00 Saturday afternoon we started the long journey back to Flagstaff. we got home a little bit after 9:00, Man it was so good to sleep in my own bed with real blankets! Its good to be home, but im so glad for the chance I had to go on that vacation with the Bendel's. It will definitly go down as one of my favorite vacations of all time. Special thanks to Tami Bendel for taking us! we'll never forget it!


Lois said...

Hi Chris, Thank you so much for the call to say Happy Birthday. It sounds like you had a great time on your Calif. trip. It was so nice of tammy to invite you and Justin to go. What a nice experience. And lots of good foot to. I hope you found yourself a nice cameria. I'll brobly talk to you on the phone before you see this comment as I have a question to ask you. I'm so glad you and everyone else had such a good time in Calif. Love, Grandma Lois

Lois said...

Ooooops I mean food not foot, toe jam never was my favorite. ha ha