Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Balloons and Bulls

So we visited "The Great Park" last week, which, as it turns out, was not so great and not so much a park as it was just a big "sustainable" lawn with little shade and nothing to do. Actually, I knew it was only the preview park, but for some reason I thought there would be some kind of preview of what was to be built on the giant patch of land that used to be El Toro Marine base.

We went because they advertised free balloon rides over the area to view the park from the air. The balloon ride was kinda cool, (though it left me singing "Up, up and Away in my beautiful . . ." for hours), but the wait was LONG and the park was HOT and pretty lame. Little bit was very good for the entire ordeal, and she loved the big orange "balle balle balle!" But once we got in the air she didn't want to look out, she just wanted to run around the circle that was the balloon basket. When we left an hour and half later (the balloon ride is ten minutes) she was totally worn out. (more pics here)

All in all we learned that Orange County apparently needs more than ten years to build a park and that 4 out of 5 people know that song, "in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon!" But no one knows who sang it originally! (It's the Fifth Dimension thank you Google).

Then last weekend we checked out the OC Fair with Chris, Andrea, Jen, Travis and cousin Jordan. Isa LOVED the first ride she took with Jordan where she really got to drive.

Unfortunately it was the only one she liked - but she loved seeing all the animals, even the reptiles (after she figured out they were behind glass). I particularly liked the pigs - they were huge and they were the only ones she hesitated to pet - hmmm . . .

And what fair would be complete without the World's Largest Bull - over 7 feet tall and more than 11 feet in girth (insert poop joke here).

So we left after several hours, too many fried sweet things, and a very sleepy little bit - who had a very good time at her first fair (see all photos).

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