California Adventure Part 1

Well, I’m back in Kansas City and it is currently 6 degrees :( Anaheim was in the 80s all weekend which isn’t making the post-vacation blues any easier. However, we had an awesome trip!! I only wish it was longer!

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On Friday, we had an early flight and landed in California around 10am. We headed right to the Run Disney Expo and couldn’t have lucked out any more! We flew through the expo picking up our bibs and packets, as well as doing some shopping in well under an hour. Well done, Run Disney!!

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After the expo, we headed out to Huntington Beach. I’ve been to the coast before for the Big Sur Marathon, but this side of California with the sun and beach is something I haven’t seen before and I must say I’m in love 😀

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Paul wanted to get a run in and at first I was feeling fairly lazy, but once we got out there I had the best run. 4 quick miles, but I loved running along the Huntington Beach Bike trail. Water fountains, CLEAN public restrooms and sun, surf and palm trees. Heaven! We certainly don’t have views like this in KC, but we also don’t have such awesome amenities at the parks we do have!

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Saturday we got up early and headed to DisneyLand Park at opening! I’ve been to Magic Kingdom in Florida, so I was told to be disappointed by DisneyLand, but that was far from the truth! We picked up a couple “Just Married” buttons, met Mickey and then sprinted to Indiana Jones for the first ride of the day. We didn’t see nearly everything in the park, but did get to ride everything on our must-see list. We left the park around 4pm because we knew we had an early start with the race on Sunday and we had done enough damage walking around and being on our feet all day.

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For our carb-load dinner, we had pizza from Pizza Press which is directly across from DisneyLand on Harbor Blvd. $10 for any toppings you want on it and they have a lot of fresh, unique options like sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pineapple, Chèvre, pesto and basil. We liked it so much, we actually had it for dinner on Friday and Saturday 😀 Plus they had a nice selection of local beers for us to try!

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I’ll be back with my recap of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon next! Sunday was definitely my favorite day of the trip with the race and exploring California Adventure Park!