After our marathon drive from southern Oregon to southern California, we awoke to blue skies and just a slight chill in the air and guess what, we were just 1 hour north of Anaheim, which, if you don’t know is home to Disneyland.

Disneyland

There is something about Disneyland that makes it just about impossible for me to miss out on an opportunity to spend a day in the Magic Kingdom and with the park all decked out in holiday goodness, we decided to take a day and have some fun.  And that’s exactly what we did.  To see more photos from our day, please browse our Facebook album.

Cinderella's Castle decked out for the holidays

Cinderella’s Castle decked out for the holidays

Spending a day in Disneyland is a little like running a marathon; not that I’ve ever run a marathon, I just usually wake up the next morning feeling as if I did.  Having that much fun is exhausting, especially when you only have 1 day and you want to capture all of your favorite moments in the park.  We are seasoned Disneyland visitors but if you’ve never been, I would highly recommend a minimum of 2- 3 days for your first visit so you can Park Hop between Disneyland and California Adventure, which is right next door.

With a day of marathon driving and a day of marathon fun behind us we slept the sleep of the exhausted and hit the snooze button multiple times this morning before dragging ourselves out of bed to begin another day on the road.  Today, we drove about 350 miles from Anaheim, CA to Phoenix, AZ.  This is a drive we have made many times but it’s been at least 5 years since the last trek so it felt a little like visiting an old friend and we actually appreciate the desert; it has its own sense of style.

Nothing but straight...

Nothing but straight…

Taking a picture of Abi who was taking a picture of the highway - on a random deserted overpass

Taking a picture of Abi who was taking a picture of the highway – on a random deserted overpass

When it’s my turn to be a passenger I am left with nothing but my eyes and imagination because unlike Abi, I get ridiculously car sick so I cannot read, write or sleep.  I stare out the window and try to find anything that will stir my imagination.  I think about how it must have sucked for the ranchers who tried to scratch out a living in the desert or when we pass by an abandoned mud/brick/rock house I make up little stories about who built the house and why in the hell they built it in the middle of such an unforgiving environment.  When you really pay attention to what you’re seeing, it’s pretty cool what you find.

Desert hills

Desert hills

Desert sunset as seen from me twisting around in the seat to capture the moment.

Desert sunset as seen from me twisting around in the seat to capture the moment out of the back side window.

And when I’m on the brink of total boredom I can stare at Susie GPS and watch our progress on the map.  But only for a few blinks at a time or nausea here I come.

Abi's phone which serves as our GPS. Technology is an amazing thing.

Abi’s phone which serves as our GPS. Technology is an amazing thing.

And so day 3 on the road has come to an end.  Tomorrow, it’s on to Tucson, AZ where we will catch up with a friend of ours who is on a 2-year RV trek around the country.   As we continue eastbound we are ever vigilant of the storm front moving through the mid-west and how it may impact our path, but more importantly we continue to be inspired by the journey itself.

 

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