Wednesday, December 30, 2009

All Good Things...

...eventually wear you completely out to the point that you promise yourself you'll never do anything like this again.

What an adventure! It was a great trip with great memories made.

So many photos...

In fact, way too many photos for the blog to handle. Look here instead for the day by day galleries...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Timed it perfectly.

It's like we're the only ones here.


It's a small world. But not as small as that RV!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Hollywood at night

A bunch of famous names in the sidewalk, a Chinese theater, and some
very strange people walking around. No, other than us.

RV'ers no more!

We turned in the RV (whew!) and packed ourselves into a minivan. Time
to tackle LA. Eating a late lunch on Santa Monica Pier. Dining on
some Bubba Gump shrimp. Stupid is as stupid does.

RV Day 7

This is an automatic Update from the RV stop No sign of life stop It
is believed that the parents abandoned their young and ran wildly into
the deserts of Palm Springs stop RV on autopilot returning to base
stop last voice recordings indicated heated exchanges among all
occupants stop

Sent from my iPhone

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Healing Hot Springs?

The signs around here say they are, but I'm a skeptic. Either way,
the constant 115 degree hot spring water seems to be a big hit with
the RV ladies this afternoon. Not to fear: Aaron is swimming like a
mad man in the bigger pool behind the camera.

Questions about rocks in desert.

We're in need of our family geologist.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tonight will be in a quiet desert.

Quiet in the desert but not our RV, of course. Hello from Anza-
Borrego Desert. Amazing terrain surrounding us. So many hikes, so
little time. That's Aaron practicing to be a cactus.

RV Toilet Confessionals

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas at Sea World

Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like a tank full of piranhas. But
all the same...a very merry Christmas to all our family and friends!

Merry Christmas from the Andersons!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

On vacation but...

...still remembering the Reason for the Season on this Christmas Eve.
Through the power of Google Maps, we found First United Methodist in
San Diego. Our church home for tonight, but don't worry, Rogers CUMC
-- we'll be back.

For all you Mac fans...

...that's a Snow Leopard at the San Diego Zoo!

RV Fajitas last night

Who needs a big kitchen? Sink, cooktop, fridge...all without taking a
step! Karen loves the efficiency.

Winter weather?

What's all this nonsense about a foot of snow?? It's sunny and 65 in
San Diego today!

First stop in San Diego

Returning Aaron to the monkey cages.

Breakfast with ducks in San Diego.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Making our way south to San Diego, but a stop in Carlsbad first.
Aaron is ALL about Legoland. He just told me he wants to live here the
rest of his life.

San Clemente

Just found San Clemente beach and pier by accident. Great find! More
wave tag and surfer watching.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Doheny State Beach

End of Day 1 in the RV. Can't believe I drove this 31 foot beast for
90 miles on the freeways of LA. Traffic is nuts. Calm beach and
amazing sunset were a nice change.


We came all the way to California to... everyone in the family knitting supplies.

RV there yet?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Still in Denver.

Should have been to LAX long ago. Pesky fuel valve on the 737.

Zoey knitting...

....with mechanical pencils. No surprise there.

Aaron's view all afternoon in Denver.

Better than Disneyland.

We're trying too hard to entertain the kids.  Aaron has been on this new "ride" several times now.

Denver and all is well.

Try getting a family of 6 through TSA security. That's no small feat.
Made it to Denver now with the snow-capped Rockies in the distance.
Our flight to LAX has been delayed a couple of hours. But all is well--
Logan is hanging in there.

Great Beginnings

Well, Logan was up until 4:15 this morning throwing up. She was
number 2 to succumb to the stomach virus. We leave for Tulsa at 9:30
and expect to arrive in LA at 4:30 pacific. I'd say we are off to a

Sunday, December 20, 2009

California, here we come.

This is the trip in a nutshell -- basically a loop through southern California. The itinerary will be one night on the beach south of L.A., three nights in San Diego, one night in the Anza-Borrego desert, and one night in Palm Springs. Read all about it at Tracks & Trails.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Let the Adventures Begin

Welcome to Survivor Anderson. We hope to make this our new travel blog -- not just for our upcoming trip over Christmas, but for many of our future travel adventures yet to come. But for now, stay tuned for updates as the Anderson family travels to southern California over Christmas break 2009.