Tuesday, December 6, 2016

San Diego Zoo, Cabrillo NM and Brooks Returns Home…

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No trip to San Diego would be compete without visiting their world famous zoo. Both Brooks and Katie had the zoo high on their wish lists to visit.  The day we took them it had rained the day before and had cooled  the temperatures which turned out to be perfect for visiting the zoo. Not only were there hardly any people visiting the zoo, the animals were more active than usual instead of sleeping in their hidden grottos.

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The zoo opened at 9:00 am this time of year and parking was free so we arrived just before opening. What a perfect day to visit the zoo. Our friend Dave met us there (he works at the zoo) and we walked around with him for awhile. We visited the Pandas without having to stand in line and while the kids were taking photos, Dave and I were catching up on everything since we last saw each other nearly two years ago.

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Dave had to leave to go back to work so we took the free narrated bus tour around the park so the kids could enjoy an overview of the park before our big walk around it. Over the next six hours we saw all there was to see at the San Diego Zoo. What great fun it was to spend the day at the zoo and hear firsthand from Dave about the exciting future expansion plan.

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The next day we dropped Brooks off at the airport for his return flight to Raleigh North Carolina. Since Katie was feeling a bit melancholy due to his departure I drove over to Point Loma to visit the Cabrillo National Monument. This is a wild and scenic area where the ocean swells can be seen crashing into the majestic cliffs along the Pacific shoreline. This was a great diversion for Katie and a perfect way to spend the afternoon.

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Point Loma is also a great location for viewing the tidal pools but sadly we were not there at low tide so we hiked the trails instead. The rustic eroding cliffs all around us were very artistic from the wind and rain which Mother Nature has constantly pounded them with. There were places along the trails which seemed other worldly and really gave us the opportunity to appreciate the beauty there on that clear sunny San Diego day! We capped off the day at one of our favorite Happy Hour locations, OB Noodle House where we enjoyed craft beers while discussing the fun we had at beautiful Point Loma.

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NOTE: We have left San Diego and are now in Yuma Arizona until December 10th.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

More Great Sights to Visit in San Diego…

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The tour of San Diego for Brooks and Katie continued as our next visit was to one of our favorite places for an urban stroll – La Jolla California. It is a perfect place to enjoy the sun, surf, sea lions and seals. We took a three mile walk along the shoreline while stopping occasionally for photos while watching the seals frolicking on the rocks and in the water.

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On another nice weather day, we headed off to Coronado Island. Consistently rated as one of the top beaches in the USA, Coronado Island is a must see attraction when visiting the greater San Diego area. Between the majestic wide white sand beaches and the beautiful historical Coronado Hotel, we feel there is no better place for a romantic getaway.

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We spent a long day simply walking barefoot on the beach and marveling at the sights. The sand at Coronado is like no other I have seen in that there are gold metallic looking flakes in the sand that glimmer when wet. The patterns they make in the sand due to the surf action create masterpieces of art as magnificent as any great artist of our time. With each incoming wave the palette is reset and as the surf recedes, a new masterpiece is revealed!

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Besides touring we have been preparing Brooks and Katie all of our favorite dishes. One thing we love about San Diego is the marinated meats which can be purchased at our favorite Hispanic grocery store called El Super. We assured Brooks, who loves street tacos, that we would be making many various tacos with their marinated meats. We were delighted to see them devour the tacos every time I made them.

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On another day we hiked the well known Balboa Park.The unique architecture and the lush vegetation in the park provides urbanites in San Diego an escape from the rat race and the ever present traffic maze. This place is special in that it has something to offer just about everyone. We walked all around the park and artist village enjoying the street musicians and mimes..

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Within the park is one of San Diego’s most well known attractions as well, but that will be discussed in the next blog…

NOTE: We will be here at Mission Bay RV Park in San Diego California until December 4th.