South to San Diego

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who just had one.”- Elbert Hubbard.

girl in hammockThe beginning of August we headed south to visit our daughter and son in law for a few days.  They live about and hour from San Diego, where there is no shortage of things to do.  It was a fairly economical trip since we had a place to stay and were able to eat most meals at their house.  There were so many things to choose from, the Zoo, the Safari Park, Disneyland, Legoland, the beach, Sea World, plus all the historic sites.  It was hard paring the list down to a managable level for 3 days of fun.  Here is what we did-

The ZooZoo sign

Wow!  San Diego has an outstanding zoo.  We’ve been wanting to take the girls for about a year.  You see,  we studied land animals when they were 7th graders and the San Diego zoo was “supposed” to be the grand finale to that year.  Well, here we are in the summer between their 8th and 9th grade years, but we finally made it. It is a LOT of walking, but there are a few options if you have mobility issues.  They have a basket type lift that goes from one end of the zoo to the other that is included in every ticket.  There is also a bus tour that takes you around the zoo for 35-40 minutes of a guided tour.  After you ride the bus you are eligible for the kangaroo bus, which stops at 4 designated stops throughout the zoo.  You can hop on or off at  any stop.  All of these are included in your zoo ticket.  We didn’t see the every inch of the zoo, but a good portion.  We got there at 11 a.m. and left about 5 p.m..  The girls especially wanted to see the baby hippo and the baby giraffe, and the snake house!  I passed on the snake house………  Another fun thing there is the 4D theater.  You could choose from Rio or Ice Age shorts.  We chose to watch Ice Age.  The girls liked everything except whatever was hitting our legs under the seats. 😉  We saw lots of animals and did a lot of walking but the girls loved it!

The Beach

feet in sandOur second day we went to the beach.  We really wanted to go where there were tidepools.  Son in law recommended La Jolla tide pools.  The girls had an absolute blast.  They found crabs and even caught one.  We all picked up shells that had washed ashore.  The memorable moment was when one of them lost her glasses. ocean channel They washed off the bank and after some searching (and praying) we found them behind a rock in a deep channel.  🙂  We were there for 3 hours, just long enough to get sunburned.  Back to daughter’s house where she fixed us dinner.


tiny crabOne more day before we headed home, so it was back to the beach.  More water play, more crabs and more burying each other in the sand.  This time we brought a beach umbrella.  Target had them on sale for $20, but I would have paid a whole lot more.  We went to the same beach as before.  The parking was free and it was a short walk to the beach.  We packed a lunch both days since we spent Way Too Much money on food at the zoo.girls buried in sand

After worship Sunday morning we headed for home.  It was so good to be home in our own beds.


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