Our Family Vacation: Part 1

Our family vacation in the sand


Our family recently returned from a ten day vacation to the beach, Hearst Castle, and Disneyland. I would like to share with you in a 2 pt. post some of pictures and stories of our adventures.

Day 1:

We got up at 4:00 am and hit the road in an effort to arrive at our hotel by 3:00. Here are some pictures of day 1.

Leena sucking her fingers

First day of Vacation is one of the few days of the year my little sisters is willing to get up at 4:00 in the morning.

Alex sleeping in the car

Yup, that pretty much describes how everyone felt on day 1.


Day 2:

After even more driving, we finally arrived at the beach! After we arrived at our hotel we decided to take a walk down to the pool and gazebo, while my Dad enjoyed a nap. We were surprised to find seagulls swimming in the pool.

Seagull in pool

Coming from Central Oregon where we don’t even have seagulls, this was a bit fascinating to me.

Seagull eggs

Make way for baby seagulls!

After my father awoke from his nap we went for a walk along the beach.

the beach

The beautiful Californian beach.

Leena's sand dollar

Leena’s sand dollar.

After our trip to the beach we went out to dinner and to the park.

Leena and Alex in a giant egg

Alex and a seal

leena and her seal

We had a great time at the beach and park!


Day 3:

On day 3 we journeyed to the Hearst Castle, which was built by William Randolph Hearst. The castle was spectacular, and the view was amazing!  It was so fascinating learning about the history of the castle, as well as the life of Mr. Hearst. The drive up to the castle was an adventure all in its self, and at times felt more like a ride, rather than a just a drive. It was steep, curvy, and fast, but well worth it for the view.

drive up to hearst castle

The tour itself was fantastic! We got to tour many of the guest suits, the library, his office, the pools, and more! The castle was huge, and couldn’t be toured in just one tour. William Randolph Hearst didn’t build the castle until after his mother died, because she controlled the fortune, and was afraid he may go a bit over-board in building a house. I think she may have been right, what do you think?

part of the outside of Hearst Castle

One of the inside rooms

As you can see, his taste was a bit luxurious.

hearst castle artifacts

The castle was brimming with ancient artifacts! Most of the artifacts are real, although some are fake.

Neptune pool

The Neptune Pool was modeled after pools in Greece. Another pool was the indoor Roman pool, which had 22 kt. gold tiles.

Roman pool

Alcove in the Roman

It was beautiful, and made me wish they allowed the public swim in it.

Mom, Dad, Leena, and Alex at the Hearst castle

This is Mom, Dad, Leena, and Alex on the stairs leading to the Neptune pool. We had a great time at the Hearst Castle.

That night we went to a The Great American Melodrama, a vaudeville dinner theater. The show was hilarious, and the servers were also the actors, and made jokes and sang while taking orders. The first part of the show was a performance of Around the world in 80 Days, and the last part was a series of hilarious skits, all of which related to technology.

We had tons of fun!


Day 4:

We went to Disneyland! As I mentioned in a earlier post, I’m a huge Disney fanatic! I love practically anything Disney or Disney related! Disneyland just never gets old! We always have tons of fun in Disneyland, and this trip was no exception.

Sleeping beauty castle

That night we enjoyed a trip around the park on the Disneyland Railroad, went on the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and blasted off into space on Star Tours. (Okay, so maybe that was a bit cheesy!) 🙂

Day 5:

On day 5 we went to California Adventure, which has become my favorite part of Disneyland in the past two years.

Leena and I at California Adventure

Leena and I in California Adventure.

That night we ate at the Pacific Warf, one of my favorite restaurants. Later, for dessert we had sundaes at Ghirardelli. It was delicious! I shared a cookie sundae with Leena and bought a sea salt carmel hot chocolate for the World of Color. After dessert we went to find spots for the World of Color. I have seen the World of Color about seven times now, and it never ceases to amaze me! The brightly colored water shoots over 200 ft. in the air, while movie scenes are projected on to it, and music plays in the background. The first time we saw the show I was nine, and they had a splash zone with a sign that said, “Warning: If you sit here, you will get wet”, my dad joked that no one would be sitting there if it was flames they were shooting up! You can image our surprise when about half-way through the show flames spouted out with the water!

Paradise Pier at night

California screamin at night


World of Color

Black and Blue world of color


I hope you have enjoyed this post! I will post the last five days of our vacation later.






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