Today Reese passed her threes at the Laurelhurst Beach Club.

How she did it, and what happened after, was remarkable.

As for the actual swim – let’s just say I didn’t teach her about sighting.  And because she didn’t sight, she did some serious — and I mean serious — zigzagging in swimming across the roped off area three times.  One lifeguard estimated that she probably swam enough to pass her sevens.  I wouldn’t go that far, but she certainly covered a lot more water than required.


Then it really got interesting.

Now free to go anywhere at the LBC save the high dive, Reese headed to the medium platform with her friends Nellie and Gracie and me.   We went off it the first two times fine, but the third time — not so much.  Suffice it to say Nellie called me in, and forty-five minutes later, after much cajoling from me and the teenagers on the platform, we finally took our plunge.

I’m guessing it’ll be the last plunge she takes off the platform for quite a while.

For our final day of vacation we headed north to Hermosa Beach for a day at the beach.  It’s a good thing, too: as it happens we got to LAX very early for our scheduled 7:55 pm flight.  Turns out it was rescheduled to 6:30.  Luckily we made it: a night sleeping in an airport would not have been good.

With three days of Disneyland under out belts, today we headed south to Oceanside.  The agenda: a pilgrimage to John Ashworth’s Linksoul lab followed by an afternoon on the beach with our old friends the Moellers (once of Seattle, now of La Jolla).  After that we headed back to Orange County for a picnic dinner in Newport Beach with the Gouk family of Laurelhurst.

A few pics:

Our final day at Disneyland.

Today: California Adventure Park:


Our first day at Disneyland since last February:

Today we arrived in LA.  Agenda: none.  Turned out to be a pretty nice day.  First we did brunch in Brentwood, then we spent the rest of the day in Santa Monica before heading south to Anaheim.

A few pics:


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