December 20th we arrive after 1 1/2 hour drive from Escondido. We will stay 3 weeks at the Anaheim Harbor RV park, less than a mile from Disneyland. FHU, heated pool, no dog park, but good location to the parks. We pay 310.00 per week, but also receive 10% military discount. We decorate the RV inside and out for Christmas🎄 .
The Disneyland fireworks are right next to the RV park so you can see them here nightly. You can buy shuttle tickets at the office, 5.50 adult and 2.00 for kids and takes you to Disneyland. The shuttles run every 30 minutes, we even came back to let the dogs put. Very convenient.
The 21st we meet up again with Aunt Gerry , this time for lunch at Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon. It was built in 1884 and is biker bar and restaurant, with yummy 👅 patty melts. It has an outdoor patio and hosts motorcycle events. Fun place.
Off to Orange County Urologist, follow up for Bob and his kidney stones.
We saw Space X launch 🚀 from RV park
So excited as our daughters and grandson came on Christmas Eve to spend 9 days with us.
We go to Portillo’s for dinner and then to Riverside to see the 5 million Christmas lights at the Mission Inn and Spa.
I would definitely recommend a stop here if you are around for the holidays. It starts after Thanksgiving and goes for 6 weeks.
Christmas Day is spent at Disneyland and we had a great time.
Bought our tickets in advance so we didn’t have to wait in line and make sure you use your Fastpass to get to the beginning of the line.
You can use this 4 times with your ticket.
If here for the holidays, “It’s a Small World “was decked out with Christmas lights.
It was beautiful sunny day and great time with family.
Other fun trips during the week with the family were to Huntington Beach and the pier for some fishing. 🎣 Also Seal Beach about 10 miles from Huntington Beach where Bob and Jaxson fished, while Jamie and I walked the Main Street with lots of cute shops and restaurants, worth a stop. In California you can fish from a pier with no license and they do not charge to go onto the pier.
One thing not to be missed is the Rose Parade Decorating Floats where with your $10.00 ticket( we purchased in advance from Sharp Seating)
you can visit the two locations where Floats are being finalized prior to the parade. We went to the Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena.
It’s amazing to see these Floats so close up. It is a must do.
Once done viewing Floats we headed to Hollywood to see the sign
and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Downtown Disney was just ok, I wouldn’t go back. Mostly restaurants and Disney gift shops. We did however go to the movies. Bob and Jaxson saw “Star Wars”.
Jamie, Jessica and I watched ” The Greatest Showman”.
I really enjoyed this movie 🎥 .
New Year’s Eve we headed to Pasadena in the RV for our front row RV spot on the parade route.
We booked this a year in advance through Sharp Seating and although very expensive it was worth every penny. We had to be there by noon of New Years Eve. Our spot was at 2025 E Colorado Blvd, Site # 1. Hung out and people watched in the day and watched all the classic cars that drive up and down Colorado Blvd.
In the evening , the tradition is to either Silly String the cars as they go by or throw tortillas with melted marshmallows (we opted for shaving cream).
We had a total blast.
At midnight everyone on the street celebrated.
Happy New Year🎉💥
New Years Day, The Tournament of Roses Parade 🌹,
with a million fans lining the street and 50 million viewing on TV in 220 countries , the parade is 5 1/2 miles long.
We had our front row spot with our chairs on the parade route and it was an experience not to be missed.
Gary Sinese was the Grand Marshall and the theme for this year was “Making a Difference ”
My nephew, Michael came and joined us for the parade.
To see the floats so close up and how massive they are is amazing.
This is a must do
and a bucket list completed.
Once we finally got out of there we were exhausted and took a much needed nap.
The 2nd, both Jamie, Jessica and Jaxson left to go home. It was wonderful to spend Christmas with them. We missed them so much.
Some things we did over the next week include:
Seal Beach on PCH for some fishing on the pier.
Drove PCH from Laguna Beach to Long Beach.
Trip to downtown Riverside for some shopping, and stopped at Mrs Knott’s Chicken, in Buena Park at Knott’s Berry Farm.
San Juan Capistrano for lunch and shopping.
January 9th we will leave Anaheim. We were hoping to start our PCH journey staring in Ventura, but due to the devastating mudslides, caused from the Thomas fires, we will head to Santa Paula, waiting for Highway 101 to reopen.
January 10th, we check into the Mountain View RV park. I don’t know how I found this park but nice for the price. No frills ( no pool, showers,laundry ), but do have dog walk. It was so reasonable for California. FHU, Wifi, cable for $210.00 for a week, which includes taxes and dog fees. From here we can do many day trips . This is the town where the Thomas fires started in December (Californias largest wildfire).
Off to the charming town of Ojai.
From the RV park via highway 150 is just 1/2 hour away. This is the road where the Thomas Fire started and is eerie to drive it. It still smells like smoke, but yet a beautiful area. Downtown Ojai has some nice shops and restaurants. We hang out for sunset, as I wanted to see the famous “Pink Moment”.
It is where against the bluffs and mountains of Ojai changed to pink and lavender colors.
Today we head to Simi Valley, a 40 minute pretty drive to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library .
We paid $28.00 total , which was veterans price. It is on beautiful grounds with beautiful views,
and is the final resting place for Mr and Mrs Reagan.
You can climb aboard Air Force One
and Marine One.
There is also a very pretty piece of the Berlin Wall.
The library is done very well and a must see.
January 13th, we head out with the dogs 🐶 for a full day of adventure. Our first stop and only 1/2 hour from RV park is to Paramount Ranch,
(Paramount leased the land in 1923 and film production continues today) in the Santa Monica Mountains. It has a Western Town,
where many movies, commercials were filmed. It is a real life motion picture set.
Some things filmed here and the area ( where you can also hike ) include
Sandra Bullocks Lakehouse, Weeds, Mentalist, Cisco Kid and many more. There is a shade Pavilion where we ate our picnic lunch. From here we drove the famous Mulholland Drive (very pretty) to Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway.
We continued on PCH to Oxnard
and onto Ventura. In Ventura we stopped at the Ventura Harbor Village and walked around. Many restaurants and few shops and a nice harbor.
Across the street is a dog beach where we hung out for awhile.
From here you can see the Channel Islands. If you want to go to Channel Islands or do whale watching, the Island Packers at Harbor Village is who you can book with. We are waiting to do whale watching in Washington, as we go up PCH.
A fifteen minute drive to downtown Ventura, we have lunch at Habit Burger and walk downtown Main St. super cute area with tons of shops and restaurants. Also very dog friendly town. Then we head to the pier, dogs allowed, and no cost to fish from pier.
We were able to do most of Pacific Coast Highway from San Diego to Ventura.
Unfortunately because of mudslides in Montecito, Highway 101 is still closed from Ventura to Santa Barbara. Tomorrow we leave Santa Paula and will take the long way up and over to Pismo Beach and continue our PCH journey. Prayers to the families of the mudslide.