Just a quick update: the family crisis was partially abated and we made it to Orange County, California. The hotel is very nice, with a partial ocean view. Speaking of oceans...the beach is great! It's our first full day here and we managed to get a good spot on the beach. Unfortunately, the hotel was all sold out of umbrellas so we had to get one from a different store. The sun was merciless!
More after the trip.