The original plan included an all night drive to begin the trip. We lasted until about Mesquite, NV and knew we had bit off more than we could chew. We crashed there, and drove into DD's house (my mom's cousin) the next day. It rained and rained (and rained) while we were there, but it was BEAUTIFUL and we had great people to visit with. Aspen found the pool at the house and thought that was the destination we had been referring to, and kept wanting to get in.
The following morning we headed to the ship, but since we had a few hours to burn, we hit the beach. Huntington Beach is one of our favorites, and we have some great pictures from several years ago there. It was definite sweater weather and a pretty stiff wind as well, but after a nice walk on the pier, the kids were down on the edge of the water, chasing birds and pelicans. We had forgotten to buy the boys some underwear before we left so we got our first flavor of good old California prices when we bought 2 packs of boxers and paid almost $40. Crazy.
The ship was nice. A bit "Carnival-ish" but thats what you get when you go on CARNIVAL I guess. When we finally took off from the pier, the city was beautiful from the balcony. We got the kids set up at the kids' clubs, and they were good to go for the rest of the week. The weather was still sweater weather, and it was hard to imagine we were going to be able to get around without them soon.
UP NEXT: 2 days at sea.