|Yes, there are palm trees surrounding my motel.|
|My cute little rental.|
I get started on my way up I5 a little after 10am, and hit some heavy traffic for a while. I remember having the same problem five years ago. I think I5 must just be a snarled mess all the time, since I can't imagine that past 10 is really the rush-hour time. Oddly enough, it seems that lanes keep disappearing on the right side. They must be reappearing on the left, since the total number of lanes doesn't seem to decrease by much. But people keep having to merge left, over and over, which could be part of why this stretch of road is a mess.
Eventually the worst of the jam is over, and I can go back to enjoying the sunny California roadway. Which is glorious. As you drive up towards Anaheim, you have mountains on the right, and patches of ocean on the left. And then, BAM, palm tree! (Sometimes lots of palm trees.) And a tendency towards white adobe buildings gleaming in the sun, capped with red tile roofs. And more palm trees and other greenery. The air smells clean from the ocean breeze, no matter how polluted the highway air might really be. And some large structures that I think may be nuclear plants, but are still pretty lovely. I would have taken a picture of some of this, but I was driving at the time. I stopped at a rest area, but you couldn't see much from there. Nonetheless, it's a great way to start this trip, with a peaceful drive for a few hours up the scenic coast.
I coast my way into my hotel about noon. (And without any more car problems.) By chance, I ended up at the same place I stayed at five years ago, which is pretty nice and within walking distance of the parks (although it's a somewhat longer walk than I would have liked).
|Notice the Ghandi Palace restaurant sign? Guess where I'm eating lunch?|
|Squee! I can see it! I can SEE it!|
And now I'm set. My car is parked, my luggage stowed, I'm fed and watered, and I have my tickets. It's time to take a stroll down the street and start my first day at the Disneyland Resort.