Return to Gilroy Gardens 3

2015 07 12 Gilroy in the Hotel Room 1, July 12, 2015, 9:20 a.m.

Minutes before we leave the hotel room to Gilroy Gardens, July 12, 2015, 9:20 a.m.

From Daddy: Here’s the last bits of info on Gilroy Gardens from Sunday. These tidbits didn’t fit the narrative in the last couple of blog posts.

The Planning

In the beginning or middle of last week (I think), I expressed to Mommy the idea that I had about going to Gilroy Gardens for the weekend. The closure of his swimming school on Saturday due to the closure of Doyle Drive made the weekend an appealing time to make a trip to Gilroy. In my own mind, I was hoping to compensate for missing the trip to Gilroy Gardens at Spring Break due to my being ill.

By Friday, Mommy and I were having doubts due to the heavy traffic in the area that afternoon and the high prices of hotels. By nightfall, traffic had subsided and no web searches revealed any major events in Gilroy.

By Saturday morning, traffic was still light so we resolved to go (and Mommy found a relatively lower price for a hotel)!

Meanwhile, the boy and I went to Best Buy in the morning and made a delivery to Yeah-Yeah to replace his Blu-ray wi-fi streaming box. To test it, we enjoyed watching episode 3 of BattleBots (which the boy and I enjoy) and later enjoyed noodles for lunch with the grandparents.

Then, we picked up Mommy. She drove us to our Cantonese playdate and then returned home for the final preparations and packing.

2015 07 11 14.53.26 Cantonese playdate, July 11, 2015, 2:53 p.m.

Reaching for art supplies during the Cantonese playdate, July 11, 2015, 2:53 p.m.

2015 07 11 15.19.55 Cantonese playdate, July 11, 2015, 3:19 p.m.

So many art supplies, so little time during the Cantonese playdate, July 11, 2015, 3:19 p.m.

We did art and then played at the playground.

Then Mommy picked us up and we drove to Gilroy. We had dinner and then checked into our hotel.

The Morning

He woke early. I got a bit more sleep and then we went to the hotel’s breakfast room around 6:10 a.m. We enjoyed breakfast but unfortunately I somehow messed up the TV just before a news segment about the New Horizons mission to Pluto (I was so upset).

Then we walked around the neighborhood and my camera didn’t do justice to the colors that I saw in the sky.

2015 07 12 Gilroy in the Morning, July 12, 2015, 6:11 a.m.

It was a beautiful morning in Gilroy, July 12, 2015, 6:11 a.m.

We walked to The Black Bear Diner across the street because the signage interested him. Inside, they offered to seat us, but I told him that we had already eaten breakfast were checking out the restaurant perhaps for a later date. He then added, “Maybe for dinner,” as he took in and enjoyed the bear-themed decor.

2015 07 12 Gilroy in the Hotel Room 2, July 12, 2015, 9:20 a.m.

Just before we turned off the TV in the hotel room to head to Gilroy Gardens, July 12, 2015, 9:20 a.m.

A hour later, he won the Corn Hole game at the radio station booth in Gilroy Gardens.

2015 07 12 10.21.46 Core Hole Mommy, July 12, 2015, 10:21 a.m.

See him pose at the radio station booth, reflected in Mommy’s sunglasses, July 12, 2015, 10:21 a.m.

Later


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNuW7WbWCr4 to listen to the debate)

The above video is he and I yammering about Super Why. I really wanted him to take a photo with them, but he refused. I didn’t want to let the moment pass so I posed with them on Sunday as seen in “Return to Gilroy Gardens.”

2015 07 12 Quicksilver Express Mine Coaster 1, July 12, 2015, 1:22 p.m.

Overlooking the track of the Quicksilver Express Mine Coaster while on the Sky Trail Monorail. He rode it at Spring Break but not this time, July 12, 2015, 1:22 p.m.

2015 07 12 Quicksilver Express Mine Coaster 2, July 12, 2015, 1:22 p.m.

The winding track of the Quicksilver Express Mine Coaster while on the Sky Trail Monorail, July 12, 2015, 1:22 p.m.

2015 07 12 15.43.18 Paddle Boats on Coyote Lake, July 12, 2015, 3:43 p.m.

A view of the Paddle Boats and the waterfalls to the right while waiting for the Artichoke Dip ride to begin, July 12, 2015, 3:43 p.m.

That Evening

Yes, upon his urging, we had dinner at The Black Bear Diner.

2015 07 12 Black Bear Diner 2, July 12, 2015, 7:10 p.m.

With chocolate sundae around his mouth and a helium-filled balloon off-camera to the left, he approves of The Black Bear Diner. He would shortly say, “The Black Bear Diner is great, but I never expected a balloon!” He would also marvel at the amount of helium in the balloon , July 12, 2015, 7:10 p.m.

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