Saturday, June 30, 2012

Honeymoon Memories

As promised, here's a quick rundown of what I guess I considered highlights from our honeymoon.  We took a ton of pictures, especially considering it was in the age of film, and these were the ones I pulled out, scanned, and posted on my now-defunct website.

We spent half our honeymoon in San Diego, with a side trip to Anaheim, and then finished up in Las Vegas.  It was such an awesome trip considering I hadn't been on a plane since I was nine.  Going somewhere so different from home was surreal, and it was just an added bonus that I was newly married.

As I said, our first stop was San Diego.  The weather was gorgeous and we stayed right on the beach.  We went to the zoo, of course...
I felt so bad...another couple offered to take our picture, and by the time we were done and they gave us their camera to take a picture of them, the giraffe moved!
We spent an evening on Coronado Island, enjoyed some time on the beach, visited an IKEA (sorry, I take my opportunities when I can get them), and we took a little trip to Anaheim so we could visit Knott's Berry Farm.  It's a great amusement park, and I figured I wouldn't get many opportunities to be that close to it.  It's also got some Peanuts themeing, which I figured Craig would enjoy...

The coaster I most wanted to ride was closed when we got there, but fortunately it opened right near the end of the day and I got to ride it.  Definitely a rush!  Mrs. Knott's chicken was delicious, and Craig had fun in the Peanuts store.  Too bad the trip there was marred by hardcore traffic, California style!

Then it was off to Vegas.  That was like another world.  We liked it so much we went back the next year, too.  Some of my favorites:
The view from the Venetian, looking out over the canal toward the Mirage.  We took a gondola ride, and it was pretty entertaining.
This was one of my favorite facades...very old school.  Too bad it's not there anymore :(

This is the ceiling of the Bellagio lobby.  I was very eager to see it because even then I was totally into Dale Chihuly's stuff.  So pretty...too bad the picture doesn't do it justice!
 
The view of New York-New York, including the roller coaster 
 
This was the view from our room in Treasure Island.  You can see most of the strip.  We got to watch 4th of July fireworks from our room, shot off from Caesar's a couple casinos down.  It was pretty fantastic.
The only downsides to the trip besides California traffic were the heat in Vegas (Craig mentions his issues with it often...or rather, how I walked him until he puked--not as bad as it sounds) and the trip home.  We got stuck in Chicago due to thunderstorms, had a long night trying to rebook our flight and find our luggage, then spent 2-3 hours in a cab line before finally getting to a hotel for a few hours of sleep.  We then got delayed again, missed our connection in Boston, and got home a full 24 hours after we were supposed to.  On the bright side, we did have this view on the last flight home...

It was quite a trip.  We had a blast and I was so happy to have the time away alone to enjoy each other's presence after the craziness leading up to the wedding.  Hard to believe it's been nine years today since we left on that trip.  What an experience...

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