Tuesday, June 29th
My trip started when my Dad dropped me off at Denver
International Airport. From there I flew on Delta Airlines to
Salt Lake City where I had a layover. The airline people took
me to a room where I ate cookies and watched movies. After an
hour, it was time for my next flight to San Jose, California.
That was a great flight. The clouds looked so big and puffy
that I felt like I was flying through heaven.
My Uncle Drew met me at the airport. It was already late,
but we were both hungry, so we went to
for a grilled cheese and
By the time we were done, it was really late and I had to go
Wednesday, June 30th
We started the day with breakfast and
I like Mortal Kombat, and I'm getting the hang of it, but
Uncle Drew can kick my butt. After that, we went for a long
played volleyball in the
pool. That was really
In the early evening we went to
Spartan Stadium in
San Jose to see the
Women's World Cup
There were two games. In the
first, China defeated
Russia (3-0), and in the
Norway beat Sweden (3-1).
We went back home and grilled up
T-bone steaks and corn for dinner. After dinner, I went
swimming again with Uncle Drew's roommate, Alex.
Thursday, July 1st
Mostly, we just screwed around today. I spent a lot at the
pool with Marissa. She's a neighbor. We had lots of fun.
Afterwards, we watched the USA play Germany on TV. The US
team is great, and they won, but the game was close. It ended
3-2. The second game was Brazil - Nigeria. Nigeria scored 3
goals in the last 30 minutes to tie the game, but Brazil
scored in sudden death to win 4-3.
For dinner, we went to Seto Tempura House. I met Uncle
Drew's friend, Mami. She has to wear a kimono when she works
there. We had shabu shabu, ika rings (squid), and unagi
(eel), as well as miso soup, rice, and salad. After that we
went back with Mami to watch Men In Black.
Friday, July 2nd
We started the day with more Nintentdo. I finally beat
Uncle Drew at Mortal Kombat. He says it was just luck because
his controller didn't work. We went swimming, and after
lunch, we drove the MGB to Malibu
Grand Prix to race
carts. There really
and the course is all
Uncle Drew raced the Formula cars. He took me on a
two seat Formula car
for three laps. They were a lot faster. When it was over, I
didn't want to
From there, we headed to the Stanford Shopping Center.
It's an open air mall with some very cool stores. I liked the
Disney store best. They had lots of stuffed animals. I got
two Tiggers, one stuffed and one that's a finger puppet.
Saturday, July 3rd
We went to the beach in Santa Cruz today. We took the
scenic route through the mountains (Rt. 9). That was a lot of
specially because we were in the
MGB and had the
Along the way, we stopped to see a giant Coastal Redwood
forest. A few of the
trees were so
big you could
live in them.
Santa Cruz is really
nice, but by the time
we got there, the
waves were pretty
small. In the evening, we saw a sea otter swimming along the
shore. (It was too dark for a picture, though.) She was
floating on her back with her head and flippers sticking out
of the water. She was feeding herself with her small hands.
Every two or three minutes, she would dive down for more food.
That was the coolest thing.
For dinner, we ate at a Thai resteraunt. I never ate Thai
before, but it was ok. Uncle Drew says it grows on you after
a while. I liked the satay chicken, and the ice teas were the
best. When we got home, Mami came over and we watched
A Bug's Life.
Sunday, July 4th
Today we went to see the
USA v. Brazil semi-final.
Uncle Drew and I
dressed in red, white,
and blue soccer outfits. We wanted to paint our faces and
color our hair, but we couldn't find anyone to do it. The day
was very warm and the
sky was clear. We
had to walk two miles from the car to the stadium and were
worn out by the time we got there. It sure does show you what
good condition the players must be in to run for 90 minutes
under those conditions. There was a huge
crowd of more than 73,000
Everyone did "the wave" and a huge
double flag made from
the flags of both countries was passed all the way around the
stadium. It was a very
exciting game, with a
lot of great saves by the US goalie, Briana Scurry. She was
chosen as player of the
game. The US team
scored on a header
and a PK. The final score was USA 2, Brazil 0.
After the game we went back for a swim and something to
eat. Before too long though, it was time to go see the Fourth
watched them at Great
America, and had really
great seats. They were
Monday, July 5th
Another day starting with Nintendo. By now, I can beat
Uncle Drew almost every time. We ate a late breakfast and
went swimming before heading to
San Francisco in the
afternoon. This time, we left the MGB at home because the
city can get pretty cold.
Once we got there, we parked and then took a pedal powered
taxi to the cable car
line. We got on the
cable car and
headed to Lombard Street. We got off there, but were too far
away to see the famous winding part of Lombard Street.
Our next stop was at Pier 41. We could see some
themselves on one of the docks. We had a hot chocolate and
waited there for the
Alcatraz ferry. I
love sea gulls, and there was one on the radar
mast the whole
time we were on the boat. That was a good sign.
boat took us out to the
far side of
Alcatraz and let us
off. That was really fun, but very
cold. We got a good
view of the
city along the way,
but it was too
foggy to see the
Golden Gate Bridge.
The Alcatraz tour was great. I really liked the audio tape
part of the tour. It has two guards and a former inmate
prison and the
people who were there.
They also talked about the most famous escape attempts. After
the tour we went to the bookstore and picked up some postcards
and a book. On the ferry coming
back I saw a lot
of pelicans. They were all flying in a straight line just
above the water. We also spotted a sea lion swimming along
out in the bay. She was a big pup and she popped up and down
through the waves.
Later, we met Mami at an Italian resteraunt in San
Francisco and ate spaghetti. The waiter told us some funny
jokes, and the food was delicious. I had vanilla gelato for
desert. Afterwards, we drove down the winding part of Lombard
Street - twice! - before we headed home.
Tuesday, July 6th
Today is my last day in California. I went back to the
Disney store to get Simba, but they didn't have him, so I got
Kiara instead. After shopping, I had a quick lunch with Uncle
Drew, Mami, and Alex. We're just about ready to go to the
airport for my flight back home. I hope its a good flight.