Viejas Casino and Outlet Mall for the holidays.

Visited Viejas Casino and outlet mall this past weekend( November 30th)

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After 5:00 they have a water show that is amazing.  Moving to the sound of holiday music, the water program is elaborate and entertaining. It is a great kid attraction with intervals of fake snow coming from above.

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The outlet has all your favorite stores including Nike, The Gap, Tommy H, etc. Plus a food court including my fave Rubios as well as others. To get you further in the spirit and if you have the energy, they have an ice skating rink and a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the outlet.

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The entrance to the casino is right across the street from the outlets, so if you have any money left from spending at the outlets you can gamble all night if you wish.  Or is it the other way around?, if you have any money left from the casino you can spend at the outlet mall.  Or if you are really hungry, eat at their buffet or other fine restaurants.

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Visit for more information and directions. A great place to take the family or to get in the holiday spirit.

http://viejas.com/san-diegos-premier-outlet-mall

 

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Venice Canals in Los Angeles

The Venice Canals are man-made canals that recreate the appearance of Venice, Italy.

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Walk along the canal’s peaceful banks and admire the beautiful homes mixed in with quaint cottages. It a mellow setting and perfect for just strolling or walking your dog.

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It is about a mile from the famous and circus like Venice Beach where life is a little more hectic. You can easily do both in a day. Plus visit Marina Del Rey only about a mile from the beach. We will be doing a blog on Marina Del Rey soon. They tell me there are walking tours, I found this link:

http://www.venicebeachwalkingtours.com/venice_canals/
Plus there are many events in the canal and around Venice Beach. Check this link. http://www.venicepaparazzi.com/events/2013-venice-calendar-of-events/

Here are directions to the Venice Canals.
STARTING POINT
Begin at Pacific and 25th Ave.

DIRECTIONS TO THE START
Transit: From the Spring/1st stop in Downtown LA take the 733 Bus towards Santa Monica. Disembark at Main/Grand and walk about 10 minutes south on Pacific Ave. until you reach Ave. 25.

Car: From the 10 Freeway West merge onto the 405 Freeway South toward Long Beach/LAX. Then merge onto the CA-90W for 3 miles and turn right onto Lincoln Blvd. After 0.5 miles turn left onto Washington Blvd. Then after about 1.3 miles turn right onto Pacific Ave. Drive until you reach Ave. 25.

 
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Take a Flying Lesson

A great one day excursion and you might be able to find some discounted prices on Groupon like we did.

 

It is a wonderful experience as you get to sit in the pilot seat and taxi and then actually fly the airplane. He shows you the controls (not a lot to learn) and then it is off to the runway to take off.   With his watchful eye, you get to feel the exhilaration of  take-off as well as landing.

The hour long flight takes you over San Diego county either inland or along the coast. We choose the inland route  this day as  a  thick  coastal marine layer was floating over the coast leaving zero visibility.

Flying high over the country side at the wheel of a four seater airplane has to be experienced.

We had a fun landing with a unexpected bump that came at the end forcing the plane up in the air a little. I looked at the pilot and asked if that was normal and he said, ” not really.”

Always an experience with us.

See my landing video below with the quick bump at the very end.