From Tristan’s first amusement park ride, to deep fried apple slices, to replicas of yet to be built 9/11 memorials, the family trip to Legoland was great fun…and a long time goal for Tom. Even thought the weather was pretty cold, Jennifer insisted that Tom get to make a pilgimage to this special spot.
A special part of Legoland is the “Miniland” area where Lego’s Master Builders have replicated many of the world’s landmarks. Models of Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Southern California’s beaches, New York’s skyline (and coming soon) Las Vegas can all be seen in incredible detail. There were two surprises in the collection:
On the outskirts of the New Orleans model, along with Jackson Square, Cafe du Monde and a Jazz funeral near Cemetary #1, there was a model of Houmas House, a classic southern plantation. This just happened to be the plantation that Jennifer’s friends Lori and Rich got married on. There was no model of the bus with a flat tire, but everything else was there, only smaller.
The other unexpected model was of Ferndale, CA. This is a town in Northern California (near Eureka) that Tom decided years ago would be the site of his retirement. (This was apparently the first Jennifer had heard of this.)