Day 47-49

We finally reached the West Coast! Seeing the ocean and the California sunset each night was amazing.

What was super cool is that while me and three of our kids were on the west coast, David and two kids were on the east coast! He took Cameron and Katherine to the beach for spring break. So we were literally on opposite shores at the same time!

Such a nice view of the ocean from our room.

There is a nice waterfront seafood restaurant in our resort. Mimi said they have the best water at any ocean. I agree. No salty or fishy taste at all!

We spent the days at the San Diego Zoo

It’s really awesome. Perfect weather, 70 degrees

Spent the evening at the hotel pool and went to a nice restaurant for dinner.

Next morning. Found THE world’s BEST donuts!

I mean, the BEST!

Then we spend the day exploring beaches.

First Cardiff by the sea…

So many bikers!

We were sure to go at low tide and found amazing rocks! Mesmerizing amounts of tumbled rocks in all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns!

Then we went to La Jolla shores and watched some surfers a while and got our feet wet.

Then we going La Jolla Cove! What a treat!!

So beautiful!

And seals!

So many seals!

The water was incredible.

We found an injured seal and Becca was determined to find a rescuer. We finally found a lifeguard who assured us that they had contacted Sea World for someone to come check him out.

We ate lunch overlooking the cove

And explored the rocks and caves

The waves were big crashing onto the rocks

This is a beautiful place.

My heart jumped a little standing on this rock. I am not as at ease as everyone else seams to be around me, but I wanted to stand on a cliff next to an ocean that wasn’t too high and so I did.

We walked to a Thai restaurant about 2 blocks from our resort.

Nina climbed up in my lap snd hugged me. She said the sweetest thing I’ll never forget.

“I don’t know why, but I feel so safe with you.”

My heart is full.

This is how we woke up the next morning.

I feel so blessed to have this time with my girls. It truly is special.

Meanwhile… on the East coast, my other kids are visiting the Easter bunny and having a great time with their buddies. I miss them so much. Glad for a picture on Easter, since it’s our first one apart.


We spent Easter at The Wild Animal Safari in Escondido.

Mimi found a tiny, baby kangaroo mouse and Becca picked it up.

They nurtured it for the rest of the day in the park.

It was the size of a small grape!

I mean, very well nurtured!

They named him “Dido“ since they found him in Escondido.

I amazed at all the native plants in these parks. Plants that only grow in Africa, Asia, or Australia. So cool.

There are safaris you can take, but they are $350-500 each, so we decided to wait until we had 6 people to make it more cost per person conducive, but we got to walk for 8 miles inside the park and see the Savannah’s from a distance.

And lots of amazing creatures up close.

So glad we wore our safari hats, the sun was brutal, but lots of nice shade too, especially in this amazing bamboo forest.

So cool.

We had our last night on the west coast with a fire pit ON our table. What a nice way to end our stay at Oceanside, CA.

See you again one day, Pacific Ocean. You are amazing!

Published by gradybunchmom

Mother of seven. Living the adventure on our own terms and loving every step of the journey. Beginning this blog to chronicle our trip across the country and take our family and friends “with” us.

2 thoughts on “Day 47-49

  1. I haven’t seen the California coast in years (more like decades.. lol)! I remember being so impressed with the difference between the East and West Coasts. Those cliffs dropping off to the ocean on the west coast are incredible! They are truly the best setting for a romance novel! Thank you for taking the time to share. You are truly blessed to be able to spend this time with your three girls while the rest of your family is having fun on a different coast. Glad you all had a wonderful Easter despite being apart.


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