California

August 2-7, 2013

 

I wanted one last before the new school year started. We decided to make it a baseball trip and follow the Rangers out to California. The four of us were flying in to San Francisco and home from Los Angeles on Southwest using points and the kids companion passes. We were to rent a car in San Francisco and return it in Los Angeles too.

San Francisco

We stayed at the Radisson Hotel Fishermans Warf using points. The hotel was not great, but the location was fantastic. We arrived late and went straight to bed. The next morning, we had breakfast at Boudin, a sourdough restuarant on the wharf and then walk along the wharf, looking at the sights and sea lions. After that, we drove around San Francisco, drove across the Golden Gate Bridge and on to Muir Woods.

 

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That afternoon, we went to the O.CO stadium to see the Rangers vs. Oakland A’s. The A’s fans were rowdy, some even getting on to us for our Rangers gear. The fans did have some “bits” that were fun to watch. The Rangers lost the game, the stadium was a dump, but we still had fun and crossed a stadium off the list. We got to see our cousin, Blake and his son got to be the ball boy for the game.
That evening, we walked back to the hotel, and got on some streets so hilly that we almost had to climb up them on our hands and knees. We went to Ghiradelli to rejuvenate ourselves.

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On Sunday, we awoke to a marathon happening outside our window. All of the people were in SF Giants gear and we later found out it was an event put on by the giants. We had another nice breakfast at Boudin. Then we walked on to Pac Bell park, where the Giants play, and because of the marathon, we got to go inside and on to the field. That was really cool.

 

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Carmel

After that, we drove to Monterey. We stopped at the hotel Susan and I stayed at years before, the Marinas Dunes. The name was different. We reminisced and walked on the beach with the kids. We were staying at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn on Cash and Points. I used a suite upgrade so we had an awesome 2 story condo with a fireplace and views of the coast. This is a beautiful area. We explored the hotel and then went swimming. It was cold out, but the pool was heated. We found a hummingbird that was injured and Susan saved its life and set it free. That night, we ordered pizza and watched a movie with our fireplace going. The next morning, we had our free breakfast at the Hyatt and then drove on to L.A.

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Los Angeles

We were rushing to catch the Rangers vs Angels in Anaheim. For this hotel, I had found out were the Rangers stay when in Anaheim, the Doubletree Orange County. We got a large suite at this hotel, but it was old and run down. There wasn’t a lounge, but we got free breakfast in the restuarant. When we arrived at the hotel, we checked in and met the Stones. Corey and his family were in Anaheim at the same time to go to the game and Disneyland. We went to the game with the Stones, Corey’s sister and some other friends of the Stones. Lisa had us all where matching outfits and she made a sign that said, “All the way from Baseball Town…”, a dig at Josh Hamilton. We got on TV with our sign and frieds saw it back in Texas. Before the game, Trey and I and the Stone boys went to the outfield to try to catch a ball. Each of the 3 boys got a ball thrown to them by a player. At one point, Corey almost got hit in the head by ball. We weren’t paying attention, but lucking someone reached up in front of his face and caught the ball. The “Big A” is a better stadium than the A’s stadium. The atmosphere at the game was fun and they would bust out the “Rally Monkey” to get the crowd going. Everyone at the game was really nice to our group. The Rangers won! After the game, at the hotel, I went down to the lobby. All of the players filed in, in small groups. Some stopped at the bar, others headed out to eat and some stayed in.

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The next morning, we left early to go to Disneyland. We saw players and coaches milling around in the lobby. The day at Disney was a blast as usual. We got to hang out with Lia for a little while and see her in her Princess outfit. I think Natalie was jealous that she was too old to dress up. We did both parks and stayed out really late. Our favorite was the new Cars ride.

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