Hi everyone! Sorry about the cringe inducing trip report title...its just, I've never been to California and whenever I think of the state or my trip, the Soarin music just pops into my head (gotta love that ride). I decided to make a trip report because all the trip reports have been so invaluable to creating my own trip. Maybe my trip report will be able to help someone else Without further ado, introductions! [/IMG] That is my BF and I, we are getting ready to head off to California! Ignore the sign that says Dinoland, that is definitely us driving to California. Also...this is as good a time as any to make a confession. I...make...really weird faces. Alot. I'm sure you all know that by now... Anyway... The BF, Brian, lived in San Diego for about 5 years, so he has heavily influenced the trip. This is our itinerary: Monday May 7: we will be flying from Columbus, Ohio to San Diego. We should arrive around dinnertime, but we won't be settling down into San Diego, oh no. We will be getting our rental car and heading up to LA. We managed to get a very good price for flights into SD, so while its not the most convenient thing to fly into a city and immediately take off, we will be leaving out of SD after a few days there, so it should (hopefully) not be too bad. Anyway, we will check into the Super 8 on Katella, and then making a mad dash into Hollywood to dine at the Yamashiro restaurant. Then its back to the hotel and to bed to be refreshed for our first day at DL. Tuesday May 8: we will be up and ready to go to DL's MMHs at 8am. Highlights of the day will include lunch at Big Thunder BBQ, and hopefully WOC. After an action packed day at the parks, we will be heading over to Trader Sam's to unwind. Wednesday May 9: once again we will hit the parks at opening. We have a lunch reservation at Blue Bayou (very excited about this one). We will be leaving the park midday to attend a taping of the Conan O'Brien show, then we will return to close the park. Thursday May 10: this is our Hollywood day. We will check out of the Super 8 and move over to the Magic Castle Hotel. This day's itinerary is jam packed, hopefully we can pull it off. We will start off by touring the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Madame Toussad's Wax Museum and the Hollywood Museum. I'd like to have lunch at Mel's Diner, then head off to tour Paramount Studios (we hope we will be able to see the Community set). After the tour we'll head back to the hotel to get ready for our exclusive dinner at the Magic Castle. No cameras are allowed inside...so I really have no idea what this is going to entail. It sounds incredibly awesome though, and my imagination has been working in overdrive. Friday May 11: we check out of the Magic Castle Hotel and head back to Anaheim for our last day at DL. I do not have a hotel reservation for this night yet, I am hoping against all rational hope that I'll be able to find a relatively cheap night at one of the DL owned hotels. This is a grad night, but I really wanted to try to see the Fireworks and Fantasmic, so we had to brave it. Saturday May 12: check out of our mystery hotel and head to Universal Studios. We will hopefully finish up there a bit early in the afternoon, if we do we are going to do a quick drive by of the La Brea Tar Pits and Venice Beach, then head to San Diego. We have reservations for the Gas Lamp District Prohibition Bar. We will be spending the night at the downtown Hilton. Sunday May 13: check out of the Hilton and head out on a road trip for the Mojave Desert Preserve. ugh...I feel tired just typing this all out. Its a good thing we are vacation commandos.... We are going to spend what is left of the day hiking the trails, then we will settle down into a campground to do something that has been on my bucket list since I was very young: camp out in the desert under the stars. I cannot Wait to see how many stars there are out there!! hmm...does the wizard smiley belong there? I think he might...moving on Monday May 14: spend some more time hiking around the trails then pack up and head back to San Diego. We will check into Loew's Coronado hotel. Can I just stop here for a moment? I suppose I can, its my trip report I can do what I want (scary thought). I would loooove to be staying at the Hotel Del Coronado. If you've never heard of it...look it up. It looks like it was the inspiration for the Grand Floridian. My family took yearly vacations to Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio, and this hotel reminds me of Hotel Breakers, which brings back lots of great family memories. Anyway...this hotel is soooo expensive. So I will need to be satisfied with Loew's Coronado. Anyway, after we check in we are going to tour the Old Town district (if we are still standing at this point, which I am majorly starting to doubt since I am getting winded just typing this all out). Tuesday May 15: we will be touring the San Diego zoo/safari park on this day, and we are hoping to end the day with a moonlight beach trail ride and dinner. Brian has never been on a horse, so this should be exceedingly interesting. I have a Quarter Horse back at my parent's house...but she is just a touch spirited and to be honest she scares him, alot. Wednesday May 16: we check out of the Coronado and spend our last morning at the USS Midway Museum, our flight leaves from the San Diego airport at 2:20. We will most likely have no memory of the flight home because I think we will be dead to the world. If anyone made it through this incredibly long winded schedule... You are pretty amazing, or very, very bored. Either way, I hope my trip report can help someone out!! We are under 10 days and I am doing my can't wait dance with some of these thrown in.