Nov 10

A Left Turn

by in Central America

 

Just a touch of Magic

Just a touch of Magic

After bidding a sad farewell to cousin Laura, we hit LA’s freeways once again to spend time with dear friends who recently left Kailua to settle in LA’s outlying ‘burbs.  No matter how seasoned a traveler – nor how often over the years I’ve conquered LA’s freeways – it’s always still a bit of a shock to hit the road at 75 – 80mph with folks zooming past me on all sides. Yep, Toto, we’re definitely not in Kailua (er, Kansas) anymore!

 

We had great plans to enjoy quality time with friends then take our kids (their three, plus Dundee and Sacagawea) to the new Getty Museum perched on the cliff in Santa Monica for a day of architecture, art, and absolute education.  The Getty is truly stunning – an amazing feat of engineering, architectural design, and sheer determination – a fitting tribute to the industrial giant whose early 20th century success made it possible.  Somewhere, tho, in mapping our day, my friend Mary and I took a left turn.  Perhaps it was the LA air, or the power of marketing and puppy-dog eyes . . . we somehow concluded that the educational value found in the visionary dream of a modern-day entrepreneurial icon is at least as educational – and certainly more heart-pounding – than the collections of yester-year’s industrial giant.  Yes, we bagged our plans for the Getty and opted, instead, for a day with a mouse and his magic.  

Fireworks booming, Tinkerbell flying . . . Walt was on to something.

Fireworks booming, Tinkerbell flying . . . Walt was on to something.

 

 

And what a day it was!  While we might be scolded for our late start (finally walked through the entrance around 1PM), no one can fault us for our tenacity and staying power.  We did it all — Space Mountain, the Matterhorn, Buzz Lightyear, the teacups, Tower of Terror, and more –  and didn’t leave again until they kicked us out, well after midnight!  The smiles and giggles, the heart-pounding rides, the ooohhs and aahhs, and for Sacagawea, the first time to experience the Magic of Mickey.  As Tinkerbell magically flew over the castle while fireworks boomed all around,  my gaze settled on Sacagawea’s eyes wide as she tried to soak it all in . . . Yep, a left turn well worth taking.  Getty can wait.

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