Disneyland: Our First Christmas Back: Day 4

Tuesday, December 30, Day 4: Going Home

Final Morning and Wrap-Up

We decided to make a return trip to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express, looking for a hot breakfast this morning. And we wanted to linger a bit before driving home.

When we arrived at the Jazz Kitchen, we saw that it wasn’t open yet—guess they don’t open until 8 a.m. So we continued on to La Brea Bakery, which had just opened. There was a bit of a line but it moved quickly. We got 2 coffees and 2 egg and potato scrambles with some of their yummy bread.

We found a table outside that was dry and we enjoyed the peaceful morning, yummy food, and atmosphere, watching people go through the bag check on their way into the parks for another fun day. Ah… we could sit here all day.

Eventually, we were motivated to pick ourselves up and head back to the room for a final pack, call down to the valet and bell desk to get our bags and retrieve our car. Ah… there’s a flutter of sadness in my stomach just thinking about leaving. As we headed for the freeway, I jotted down some names of new condos and apartments, fantasizing that some day we would move back to Orange County (checking prices on the internet, we realized it’s just as expensive as ever and we really can’t afford to live there. Sigh.)

Besides, as soon as we climbed over the mountains and drove out into the desert, we felt a peacefulness and spaciousness to the terrain, and we know that for us, right now, Las Vegas is more affordable and peaceful. And with only a 4-hour drive to Disneyland, we can make frequent trips.

Because it had been very windy on the west side of the mountains, we feared it would be a difficult drive home. But the wind calmed on the other side of the mountains and we made it home in just 3 and a half hours. Woo hoo! Something to be said for living on the south side of Las Vegas.

Upon arrival at home, we noticed the new pet sitter had written detailed notes about our kitties and even gave them a big, beautiful, red kitty stocking with Christmas toys! Wow! We’ve found a keeper, and knowing this will ease our mind for future trips.

The trip was everything we had hoped it to be and then some. While there were a few glitches here and there, the Disney staff delivered the great customer service that they’re known for and resolved the issues. We’re loving DCA more and more on every trip, and plan to stay at the Grand Californian on the next one. We’ll be able to catch up on more DCA attractions that we haven’t even tried yet. And we want to do PhotoPass. And hoping for return visits to Napa Rose. But what we’re really looking forward to is seeing Bob & Larry there in the future!

Sending pixie dust your way.

Rich & Kathy

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