Off to San Diego to see furry and human friends??

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Day 292 - 293 - Today we took the road West to San Diego.  It's about 189 miles and goes over the Cleveland National Forest to a height of just over 4,000 feet.  The scenery is pretty cool - still desert-like but piles and piles of rocks everywhere.  Very different from what you see in Yuma.

Our first stop was a day at the zoo.  It's an older one, but they are doing all they can to update it.  They have several aviaries with birds from all over the world (which I particularly enjoyed) and the usual array of "zoo animals".  Having been to Africa twice and seeing so many of these animals in the wild, just breaks my heart to have to see them in cages.  Although to their credit, most of the animals are in some kind of "habitat" that would match where they are from originally.

For some reason the birds found it the perfect time to mate - some of the "dances" they do are quite interesting.  We saw the Mallards and a different type of peacock from Malaysia showing off their stuff!  Not for children!  Ha. Ha.  The Polar Bears were in full animation, but this time swimming and doing flips and eating carrots and frozen fruits and veggies.  The Koalas are pretty funny animals - they sleep 23 of 24 hours in the day.  The Panda's are a mother and son and we got there just as they commenced to feed, so that was pretty cool to watch, especially since it took us 35 minutes in line to get to them.  When we came across the Bengal Tiger, the keepers had just thrown in a white rabbit (really, you couldn't find a brown one so it wouldn't be so traumatic watching this), and he was busy showing his "kill" off to all the visitors...too funny!  But the funniest of all the animals that day was the Rhino.  He started playing with his ball and he would go under the ball a couple of times and then take off running through this gate and around the middle of the enclosure and back to the ball.  This guy could move.  He did that at least 5 times and then he tired himself out.  It was one of the funniest things I had ever seen in the animal world.

They have a nice bus system in place that will take you all around the park to give you an overview of the area, and then they have another shuttle bus which you can hop on and off all day.  And, even a gondola that goes over the top of the zoo from one side to the other.  There is quite a bit of ground to cover and it is hilly, so you really do need the bus system.

The next day, we headed over to Veronica's house to see her and her children and three other cousins of Nick - Elly, Karen and Terry.  The children are adorable.  Julia, Luke and Allie.  Allie had just turned 6 the day before.  Julia was into rainbow bracelets and was nice enough to make me one.  Remember, I ONLY have boy grandchildren.  I was thrilled!

Once we left their home, we headed to La Jolla to see the seals, but since it was a four day weekend, there wasn't a parking space to be had anywhere near, so we ended up heading home.

All in all it was a nice weekend.
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Pamela on

Great photos, as always, Miss Sandy. I do love that San Diego area.

Diane on

So when are you heading this way???

Claudia on

Thanks Sandy! Now we don't need to Visit the zoo in San Diego when we get there this week! Great shots!

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