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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

on the midway

although our legoland resort hopper passes were good for a second go-round, none of us were interested enough to return the next day.  i would've loved to take the girls to the water park, but the unseasonably cool temperatures shot that idea down.  who wants to stand around in line for water slides, shivering from the cold?  not me.

so instead, we took advantage of the free breakfast bar at our hotel and headed down to san diego bay.  feeling patriotic, we decided to go and check out the uss midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier from the WWII era.  it's been sitting there, open to the public as a museum and memorial since 2004.

tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for youths 5-17, and kids under 5 are free.  whee!

the bean was excited to check out the planes and helicopters that all the kids were climbing into.

upstairs on the flight deck, we enjoyed the sunshine and checked out the view.

i don't know what she was talking about here, but it was fun to watch her animated gestures as she told her daddy a story of some sort.

"why does this plane have a mouth like a shark?"

by then, it was lunchtime.  we made our way through the gift shop and into the cafe, where we found a surprisingly decent menu.  i'd totally pictured gross hot dogs and frozen pretzels, but i was pretty darn happy with my reuben sandwich.

since we were sitting out on the back end of the ship, there was a canopy of netting around it to keep the birds from swooping down and stealing unsuspecting customers' food.

such a ham, ain't she?

i learned something just by going to the potty.

the bean got a kick out of standing on the clear panel where you could look down into the lower decks.

and of course, there were fighter jet simulation rides available for an extra cost.  i wonder how many times staffers have had to clean barf out of these things.

because the regular lot was completely full, we'd parked in a nearby public lot that was metered with a maximum of two hours.  realizing that we were cutting it close, we hightailed it outta there...but encountered some san diego employees hard at work as we made our way back to the car.  damn.

sure enough, son of a...

before heading back home, we made one last stop to drown our sorrows in some ice cream.

sugar makes everything better.


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