We extended our break from Disneyland to a second straight day. Since I kept the car, we wanted to make the best use of it and decided to drive into LA and tour Hollywood on our own. As I wrote in an earlier post, I love the freeway system, even with the threat of traffic. It’s so simple to figure out where to go!
After sufficient gawking, we headed out to Santa Monica to spend the rest of the afternoon on the beach. It too is really beautiful, but quite different from Newport Beach. The coolest part was watching the people work-out on the gymnastics equipment: parallel bars, climbing ropes and rings. The guys were like monkeys, really really ripped muscly monkeys, swinging from one end of the structure to the other. The girls were even more impressive. They must be training for the road version of Cirque de Soleil, or performers at a very expensive gentlemen’s club.
Traffic was tough getting back to Anaheim, but no worse than any large Canadian city, and the HOV lane is a real godsend. A quick dinner and I was out again while the kids updated their journals. The head dojo for the karate federation I belong to is in Santa Ana, so I was going to train with the Master Sensei. He has trained many actors including Steve McQueen, Chuck Norris, Sean Connery, Arnold Schwarzenegger and everyone in the Karate Kid franchise. The session was amazing, like my dojo but on steroids. Now I know how much more I need to work on. Thank you Sensei Demura.
The next two days we are focussed on Disney and everything left on our list of events (and maybe Tower of Terror one more time).