Wednesday, June 4, 2008

It's a Whole Different World

On our trip to California the plan was to stop at Aunt Dee, Robbie and Alisa's house in Las Veges. But as we got there we had plenty of daylight left and the kids were doing great, so we pushed through all the way to Orange, CA to Aunt Carole and Dave's home. Because we arrived a day early we had a extra day, so we thought it be fun to go to Vince Beach, we walked to the Santa Monica Pier.

We started at Vince beach, it was crowded with people on the beach it has a great bike path with thousands of people on bikes and rollerblades. (just like you see in the movies) There was some very interesting sites to be seen. We continued to walk down the street that was filled with people selling their wares with a ton of stores on the opposite side. Let my tell you, we were shocked and sadden by the things we saw, tattoos parlors and body piercings stores left and right. I think what shocked me the most was the beautiful people (we could see a lot of their bodies) with full scenes tattooed on them.

Some very strange people dancing, painting, singing, it was like a carnival. We just walked past it all. We were told that it wasn't a bad walk to the Santa Monica Pier. Of my goodness, it was a huge hike. By the time we got there we were all very tried and hungry, just the thought of having to walk back to our van was over whelming. So we walked around the Pier a little, took a few pictures and walked up the hill and caught a bus back (thank goodness) to our van parked back down at Vince Beach. We all had an experience that was for sure, we also got sunburned not really thinking about it while we were walking.

I am just so grateful for the blessings of the gospel in our life, and for living where we do. It's a whole different world out there.

Vince Beach

Santa Monica Pier

The whole worn out group

3 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm so jealous! Can't wait to see your Disneyland pics!!!

Lisa said...

I think you guys are becoming a little "sheltered" over there in Provo! ("Happy Valley" as dad would call it)

Lois said...

Looks like you guys had a fun time and some interesting experiences. Glad to hear you are back safe and sound to Provo.
Woohoo, let's here is for Happy Valley. Love you, Mom