The Janke Family


California Surprise

We planned a surprise whirlwind California trip with the kids. We got everybody packed and ready to go on the down low, then woke the kids at 6:00 A.M. on Saturday morning with the news we were going to Knotts Berry Farm! The teenager objected a little, but we were shortly on the road and excited. We drove straight to Huntington Beach, and spent the afternoon in the surf. We spent the night at the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel, and spent Sunday at the park. We had never been to Knotts Berry Park, but we found it to be a very refreshing change to Disneyland. After the day at the park we hit the road and made it home in the wee hours of Monday morning. The whole round trip was just short of 42 hours! It was an epic adventure!

San Diego Zoo

We went to the San Diego Zoo yesterday. What an epic place! The animal exhibits are amazing, and the flora & fauna around the park is incredible. We had a great time! It was hard to decide which pictures to share in this post, I hope you enjoy them…

By the way, there was money exchanging involved with the face painting events!

Beach Day

We hit the Beach today in Carlsbad. Of course it is June, which means June gloom in the San Diego area. But, despite being overcast, it was a beautiful day. We had such a blast combing the beach for treasures, and building sand sculptures! We also discovered that Uncle Matt’s alter ego is the Swamp Creature!

Disneyland 2008

We just returned home from Disneyland! We had a great time! We flew from Salt Lake International to LAX on Tuesday morning (5/20/08), then caught the Disney bus which took us to the Disneyland Hotel. The whole setup they have there is, for lack of a better word, “magical”. From the hotels, to downtown Disney, to the parks, they make you feel like you are completely seperated from the rest of the world. Yet you are surrounded by one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world. We were at the Disneyland Hotel Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We spent Wednesday in Disneyland, and Thursday at the California Adventures park. We picked a great time to go, we didn’t have to wait in a single line! Friday we checked out and rented a car and drove to the Marriot at Manhattan Beach. We attempted to spend the day at the beach, but the weather turned cold on us so an afternoon at the beach turned into an hour at the beach. The boys still thought it was super cool. Saturday (5/24/08) we drove ourselves to LAX and flew home. We had a great time, good weather, great flights, it was a blast! Here are a handful of photos from the trip: