Summer of 2016 Kickoff: A Disney and Beach Getaway Trip, Day 2, Part 1

Who: Rich and Kathy
Where: Anaheim
What: SoCal Getaway, Disneyland, and the Beach
When: May 27-30, 2016
Why: Kicking off Summer of 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

We were still considering buying a 1-day Disneyland pass – our hotel is a Good Neighbor Hotel with Disneyland tickets and transfers for sale onsite – but we woke up to fog. El Nino has not been kind to us this year for our cruise departures from L.A. and our trips to SoCal. We were so not motivated to go to the parks.

Rich made us coffee and then headed downstairs to pick up some breakfast that the hotel provided. “What a zoo!” he said when he returned. Holiday weekend.

We enjoyed our quiet morning and we were able to sleep in more than we do at home with Skipper screaming for breakfast from about 6 a.m. until we get up, which is usually about 6:30 a.m. So we continued to chat while sipping coffee.

Eventually, we took our showers and got dressed and headed out the door. We were curious about the transformation of the Crystal Cathedral (from the Reverend Schuller days) into Christ Cathedral after the Catholic Church purchased it, so we stopped by, just a mile down the road.

We toured the grounds, managing to avoid the wedding taking place, and were even given a tour of one of the buildings. We love Cathedrals and Shrines, but weren’t really that impressed with this project, although we were glad we’d finally made it over there. It might be of more interest to Roman Catholics but we’re Eastern Catholics. Nobody ever really knows what that is (think Eastern Orthodox). Anyway, we can check that off the list.

(It actually still felt more Protestant than Catholic so maybe it’ll be more impressive once it’s finished – the tour guide was trying so hard to be PC that it lost any sort of celebration to the purchase).


With the sun starting to peek out, we were encouraged to drive to Huntington Beach for lunch at Duke’s. By the time we arrived, it was a beautiful, mostly sunny day.


We left our car with valet and were seated after about 10 minutes. Rich ordered a Mai Tai for each of us and then we were served an assortment of warm bread with butter.

Rich ordered the Opah, and I had the Baja Grilled Fish Tacos.


Avocado, grapefruit & greens, ginger vinaigrette, jasmine rice, harissa


Grilled or beer battered, flour tortillas, tomatillo sauce, guacamole, pico de gallo, tortilla chips

They were both delicious and we were surrounded by a lively crowd with views of the ocean. What a perfect day at the beach.


We then took a stroll on the pier, took some shots of the surfers and then popped into a couple of shops where I enjoyed playing the drums and we brought up a HB wall hanging for our home.

(I can’t wait to get the GoPro this week.)

We stopped to listen to a street musician when he was playing an Eric Clapton song (“Nobody Loves You When You’re Down and Out”), and then headed back to our resort.

We missed our freeway exit so we had to drive past the Tower of Terror – oh darn. I thought it would be a good time to practice videotaping.

We napped for a bit before heading to Downtown Disney.

(Additional photos here.)

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