Our 20th anniversary continues with remembering our first trip to Disneyland together. As I might have mentioned a time or two, I grew up near Disneyland (saw Walt in the park and even watched Disneyland being built), and Rich first went there with his family when he was six. They came all the way from Delaware. After he moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area after college, he went to Disneyland a few times with some friends.
So in October, just two months after our wedding, Rich and I were snuggling together on the couch in our Redwood Shores apartment, and he was reading a brochure. He showed it to me and said, “How would you like one of these?” What was it, you might ask. It was a brand new Mustang.
Of course, I said, “Yes!” pretty much the same way I said “Yes!” when he proposed – lol!
So we bought the new Mustang and decided we needed to take it on the open road. South on I-5 would be the perfect place to drive a new Mustang.
For some reason I can’t remember now, we planned to go to Knott’s Berry Farm. Maybe because of the stories we’d told each other about how that’s probably where we’d met on his family trip. Why not Disneyland? I have no idea now. Maybe we were looking for a smaller outing on such a last-minute trip.
So, here we were, blasting down I-5 when Rich asks, “Can you go all the way to Southern California and not go to Disneyland?”
“Yes,” I lied (why, I do not know).
So Rich said, “Well, I can’t.” lol!
“Me neither,” I confessed.
So off we drove down I-5 and checked into our hotel near Knott’s Berry Farm. We started early in the morning with breakfast at Mrs. Knott’s. Somewhere we have a photo of Rich all dolled up in a pink boa onstage with the Calico Saloon girls. That’s when I realized my new husband was a ham. Ha! Don’t know why it took me so long.
That breakfast filled us up until 4 p.m. when we finally had a small snack before heading off to Disneyland. By the time the park was about to close at midnight, we were exhausted but determined to buy Rich a Mickey watch. I don’t think we did, though, but he’d find one on another trip.
No wonder we felt like we should cancel our WDW trip this fall for a Disneyland trip. It marks the 20 year anniversary of that first trip together.
Besides, after two big cruises this year, we were trying to do it on the cheap with very few vacation days. A better-planned Spring trip will be a better time to go when we can do it right.