Rambunctious Reptiles.

Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
Trip End Sep 16, 2012

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

You will all be delighted to hear that we are now in a hotel with wifi an we did not die horribly in the previous place, clearly the avocado job face guarded us dutifully. It did remind me a lot of one of my all time favourite films, 'Lady in the water', for those who don't know it, it is one of M. Night Shamalamalamalam's films, (the chap who did 'sixth sense' and 'signs')

After inhaling our free breakfast we headed straight to the infamous San Diego Zoo. It was quite exciting as, when we walked through the doors, everything was still fenced off and a very loud sound of parrots squawking; which we assumed was one of those annoying sound boxes you find in such establishments. Suddenly a women arrived and said she was about to release the Macaws, apparently a morning ritual, then she pressed a button an about 6 or 7 brightly coloured Macaws came swooping out of, what we ha previously thought to be, the sound box. I did take photos but, again, with the beast and not with this. Fear not, I do have some film making gold for you yet to come.

We headed straight to the reptile house to get the snakes out of the way for Dan, he gets very brave when they are behind glass. He did leap in the air at one point as a green amazon snake went for, and caught, a lizard. We then watched in morbid fascination as he slowly suffocated and then devoured it's pray. Very exciting and he wasn't put off at all by our sweaty faced pressed against the glass.

We then headed outside an discovered much excitement at the giant tortoise enclosure. After filtering our way through all the commotion we found ourselves uncomfortably close to a giant tortoise gang bang. FORTUNATELY for you, I used my initiative and filmed a small exert, as I sensed you'd all appreciate it.

We mostly felt bad for the tortoises either side in different pens. They were thorough breds so not permitted to fraternise with the half breeds, and they were non too plus'd.

San Diego Zoo is enormous and amazing. We walked around for 3 hours and that was without stopping. We only took a few extra photos for yourselves then we gave up and went back to the car as we were BOILING.

We then headed Los Angeles bound, via a post office which was so difficult to find, finally got enough stamps for Geoff's post cards and sent the build up of post cards I have been waiting to post. Pelted along the free way for just two hours which was nice as Dan has been driving such long stints and that can't be fun for him. Especially with my operating singing, fascinating tales, shouting the words, 'Yellow Car!!!' when ever I see a Yellow car, (taxi's excluded), and my constant need to point out faces in things and then possible things the faces would be saying. So a short stint was just what we needed.

We arrived here about an hour or so ago, passed all the schools which was bizarre as it is just like they are in the cheesy American films; they look like film sets, the cheer leaders, the geeks, the stoners.... Etc. I just hung out of the car with my gob open. Didn't take any photos as, as Dan pointed out, that would get my picture put up in the post office.

We just finished off the meat from last night and decided that the chips were not worthy. We now intend to swagger down to the beach and drink some beers, (yo). We're down with the kids now innit.

Thought I would briefly update the blog with a small splodge of photographs I have taken whilst on our walk to the beach. It is not too busy, so that is wonderful and Dan and I are sat drinking giant beers and listening to a group of inebriated Mexican chaps on the table behind us singing the first line of 'Strawberry Fields', and then falling into deep throated cackles of laughter, over and over. It's oddly entertaining. Both very happy with the waves crashing but yards from our feet. Only strange thing to note.... An abundance of Pelicans.
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Ancient male parent/step mother on

What spiffing larks, Pip old chap.Suspect America will need to lie down with cold flannel and drawn curtains after your departure. V amusing, keep it coming...We are off and probably out of contact but may have chance to catch up at some point. Lots of love to you both...Dad/Pad/Sarah.

berniespinx on

I am glad you are enjoying it and I strongly suggest you chaps set up one of these! Your holiday eel mails are always hilarious! We hope you have a wonderful time in Madagascar, look forward to comin to visit you and us doing a 24 photo relay of our combined jaunts. Much love xxx

shandy shidhu on

your encounter with the lovemaking tortoises has left me intriged i will request a viewing of this video!!!!glad you guys are ok-keep up the blogging it's making me wet myself with laughter

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