Grandparents and the Olympic Training Center

It was something the entire family had been looking forward to for weeks, ever since we learned about it while still in Arizona. Grandma and Grandpa “A” were flying out to San Diego to visit us!

The park we chose was Pio Pico, a Thousand Trails park east of San Diego. Because of the location, we had as close to zero phone coverage we could without actually hitting zero. Luckily, they had good wifi available for a fair price. It had everything - pools, mini golf, even a youth clubhouse - but it wasn’t our favorite park. But it had location and the Thousand Trails discount, so it worked.

Grandma and Grandpa rented a cabin. We got a spot. It was a bit of a walk, but who cares? We could use the exercise. A week of card games, talking, movies, and just plain catching up followed. When you haven’t seen someone for months, there’s a lot to catch up on.

From Tuesday to Thursday, we vegged at the trailer/cabin, talking. Friday morning and early afternoon followed that same pattern, but the evening was special. While still in Arizona, I had bought grandpa and I tickets to San Diego Padres baseball game. At one of the nicest parks in the MLB. In the all-you-can-eat section. We got there at the time the gates opened, 5 PM, two hours before gametime. I wish I could say I caught a home run ball during batting practice, but that would be lying. It was a close game, with triples, outs at the plate, home runs, and an almost catch on one of those. The Padres fans were happy - final score, Padres 7, Diamondbacks 6. We were happy for a great game and plenty of food.

Saturday was the final full day of Grandma and Grandpa’s visit. We decided we were going to tour the Olympic training center. Free tours and sports? Sign me up! This center is where all the outdoor summer Olympic fields/courses are held. An employee brought us around the center, explaining the courses. I must note, there was no golf training area there - which tells me how much the consider golf an Olympic sport. For the water sports, they rent an entire lake next to the center 5 days a week. They had control, but nobody was training the day we went. The only activity that day were girl’s volleyball tryouts.

After our tour, we brought Grandma and Grandpa to their first In ‘n’ Out. Grandpa had been dying to get to one while in the west - and any excuse for In ‘n’ Out is a good one for me. After many pictures, we finished our meal and drove home.

Sunday was departure day for them. We had family brunch at McDonalds after failing to get in at IHop. We finished up our visit, and said goodbye on one of the more fun weeks of 2013.

Signs going in

Signs going in

Watching the promo video

Watching the promo video

This is the only purpose-built Olympic Training Facility

This is the only purpose-built Olympic Training Facility

Flowers at the Training Center

Flowers at the Training Center

Flowers at the Training Center

Flowers at the Training Center

A sign.

A sign.

The Field Hockey and a BMX Track

The Field Hockey and a BMX Track

Yea, we didn't have them

Yea, we didn't have them

Some of the sports held here

Some of the sports held here

Softball is out as a sport but they are keeping the field in case

Softball is out as a sport but they are keeping the field in case

Another BMX track-this one a replica of the London Track.

Another BMX track-this one a replica of the London Track.

Not impressed

Not impressed

Not impressed

Not impressed

Grandpa A and his first In-n-Out Burger

Grandpa A and his first In-n-Out Burger

Harrison and Grandpa Eat

Harrison and Grandpa Eat

Harrison, Storybird and the Grands

Harrison, Storybird and the Grands

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