Sunday, July 8, 2007

teaching the marines

A few weeks ago I was just so sick of seeing the marines hanging around the house.

I started thinking about a conversation that I had with my dad. I once asked my dad what Germany was like and what he did while he was stationed was over there. My dad told me stories of hitch hiking across Germany and of all the castles that he had seen. My dad had some great stories.

The marines at our house had not seen much of California. Now don't get me wrong, California is not as exciting as Germany. But I wondered what they say if there children or grand children ever asked them about California. They have only seen base and our house. That is when I came up with this field trip.

Saturday we went down to Point Loma, Coronado Island, and then down to old town San Diego.

Point Loma has two light houses and and an awesome view of San Diego harbor. Then if you drive down the road a little bit you come to the cliffs.

The cliffs are great. A bunch of us hiked down there and we had a blast watching the waves come in and let me tell you our cameras did not stop! I got soaked by a huge wave, but it was so worth it. None of us could stop laughing and smiling. One of the girls even said "this is what California looks like in the movies".

next we all headed to old town San Diego for some lunch/dinner. It was so nice to see everyone sitting around laughing and just enjoying themselves. I leaned over to Rusty and said " you know most of these guys work together and yet they are sitting here having a good time. I wonder if this what the command is trying to accomplish by making them have a "mandatory fun day". Rusty just smiled. He said " I am so glad that everyone is having a blast"

We did however have to pick on Dustin. He is from a small town and grew up eating meat and potatoes. There is nothing wrong with that, but we all went out for Mexican and he got a hamburger! So now we call him burger boy.

Our next stop was Coronado Island. We had a hard time finding parking but we did have a nice walk on the beach. A group on us went down to the water. that was when we noticed that there were several wedding going on. So I told George that if she asked one of the brides if we could crash her wedding that I would give her a dollar. She went up to every bride and asked them! Talk about wedding crashers!

Then we kept walking to the Hotel del Coronado. Along the way we noticed that the signs on the beach said no nudity. So George got up on another marines shoulders and changed the signs to say "mo nudity". Once we got to the Hotel del Coronado we decided to give our self a grand tour. The sign that said only registered guest on beyond this point did not apply to us. That hotel was so much fun to walk around! In one of the pictures you can see how low the ceilings are.

This weekend I thought the marines how to go out and have a good time and how to not spend a lot of money doing it! Now they will all have stories to tell their children and grand children.

I have some how hurt my back again. Maybe it was yesterday or maybe it was this morning. I do not know, but man it hurts. I am going to take some pain pills and go to bed.



hugsdoodlewacky said...

(((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU))))))))))))))))))))Sounds like you all had a good time,you are amazing,so wonderful for you taking them all out to see the sites.Funny,weeding crashers and cant belive they did that.LOL.The sign was funny to.Have a nice night.

cgtperkins said...

Those pictures are wonderful!! I know who to call next time I come to California!! Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time. I hope your back feels better VERY soon.

lisa41076 said...

Kelli, I always love your pictures, Hugs Lisa

plieck30 said...

Nice of you to give the Marines some memories. Hope your back feels better soon. Paula

am4039 said...

the field trip sounded like a great idea and sounds like they all had fun, even burger boy. LOL

nay0114 said...

Great idea... I'm sure they so appreciated getting out and seeing stuff. Loved all the pictures.
Take care, Chrissie

goodwilltramp said...

Hahaha...  that's how we roll Momma!      

louiseb411 said...

great nice and slim you are! Hope you are enjoying your child free break   Louisex  x

ukgal36 said...

Very cool..I love san diego..will be there again in November...isn't Coronado gorgeous??

hsauls said...

Life is definitely an adventure with you, isn't it? Glad you had fun... and showed the boys a good time, Mrs. Robinson!

deshelestraci said...

Good for you!  Not about the back pain.  Getting out there and seeing and doing is exactly what is fun about living just about anywhere in this country!
Hope your back improves.