Trip to Los Angeles

My family traveled to Los Angeles this winter break.

Los Angeles being a car-centric city, I rented a car, and I decided it was time to finally try out an electric car, something I had wanted to do for a long time. It was a Tesla Model 3, and notwithstanding my opinion of Tesla’s CEO, I loved the car. However, being the old fashioned sort, I did not trust its assistive driving features at all, so even while I tried them out, I was laser-focused on taking over if needed, which was a little tiring. Fortunately, the car didn’t do anything crazy. However, it was embarassing as I had trouble figuring out how to do things that I was used to doing easily in other cars, such as the simple task of turning on the car, although it was very simple once I got used to it.

Obviously because we were in the Los Angeles area, we had to go to Universal Studios and Disneyland. They were both a lot of fun. In fact, they were a lot more fun than I was expecting.

Universal Studios; lower lot as viewed from the upper lot
Disneyland Castle at night

We spent the extra money to upgrade our park passes to get onto shorter lines, which was not cheap. However, it would have been a bigger waste to have flown all the way to Los Angeles just to spend 90% of our time waiting in line, so it was worth it in our case. A surprise was how good the food at Disneyland was. I was expecting it to be the standard overpriced fare for an amusement, but while still overpriced, it was far better than I expected it to be.

Being the Star Wars fan I am, I loved being at the Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. The lines for the Rise of the Resistance ride were extremely long, and I could see why after taking a ride on it. If I were on my own, I would not have been able to resist all the Star Wars merchandise on sale and would have returned home with a full set of Jedi attire, stormtrooper gear, and custom droids. As it was, we did build our own custom lightsaber, and I love it. I also greatly enjoyed seeing all the best military fighters up close.

An X-Wing at Disneyland
An A-Wing at Disneyland

However, it was odd seeing a piece of junk among all the great spacecraft.

The Millenium Falcon at Disneyland

Finally, I flew on the air flights to and from Los Angeles the best way there is to fly: watching and reading about investigations of air crashes. Learning about how airplanes crash and how their causes were found was a great way to spend the time while flying. (I am not sure if I should be serious or ironic on this.)