Thursday, April 5, 2012

Day 6 - San Diego, California - Vacation Zoo

Our last day in California we once again set out after breakfast to go on another adventure, this time at the San Diego Zoo. We once again got stuck in heavy traffic on Interstate 5 so it was a little after 9 before we made it to the zoo.
At first I was not too excited about this particular outing just because we are frequent visitors to the local Salt Lake City Zoo but due to the popularity of the San Diego Zoo I was willing to give it a try. We were all pleasantly surprised by the variety of animals they had and the amount of space those animals had to live in. Plus just the way the exhibits were built, it seemed like we were able to get a lot closer to the animals.
I am always a big fan of the bears......
and of course all the different varieties of greenery.
Lucas once again proved to be quite the photographer.
Although Steve never did order a beer, he was very excited to see that it was at least an option. Something we most definitely don't have at our local zoo.
Landon liked the koala's, especially the baby.
Lucas liked the little white Arctic Wolf who was very playful.
We again snacked our way through lunch so the boys were allowed to pick yet another stuffed animal. For Landon it was a koala and a wolf for Lucas. It only took us one time of paying $40 for 2 salads and 2 hot dogs to learn our lesson.
Back at the hotel the boy went swimming with Steve while I picked up dinner from our favorite local Mexican restaurant.
After dinner we once again walked across the street to the ocean to watch the sunset. We made sure to bring bags so we would have somewhere to put our seashells and rocks.

We stayed up late playing ping pong by the pool and eating as many free, warm, chocolate chip cookies from the front desk as we could possibly handle (something we really did every night). We were all sad to see our fun family vacation come to an end.
We were slow getting out of the hotel the next morning and did not get on the road for home until about 10:30. It was a long ride where the boys and I got lots of sleep before we made it home around 11:30 at night. Here I am a week later and still wishing we were on the beach watching the sun set on the Pacific Ocean. It may have been my first trip to California, but not my last.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Day 5 - San Diego, California - Vacation Sea World

Wednesday morning after enjoying our large breakfast, we set out for Sea World, San Diego. We would have been there at 9 am when they opened but we did not account for the 1/2 hour bumper to bumper, stop and go traffic we encountered on Interstate 5.
Sea World had a handful of water rides but we all decided early on that we did not want to walk around the park in sopping wet clothes, plus once again Landon was about an inch too short to ride the bigger rides. Luckily there was not a shortage of things to see and we spent the first part of the morning wandering around looking at the polar bears, walruses, a beluga whale, penguins, sea turtles and numerous sharks .
Lucas and Landon decided to pose like they were being eaten by this huge set of shark teeth.
Just before noon we headed to the Blue Horizons Stadium to watch the dolphin and bird show. We got pretty warm sitting in the stands during that half hour but it was sure worth seeing. I don't think I heard a peep from the boys the whole time as they just sat there mesmerized by the show.
After the dolphin show we had just enough time to hit the restrooms and wander across the park to Shamu Stadium to catch the One Ocean - Whale Show. Once again the boys did not make a peep during the 1/2 hour show. It was so amazing to watch these huge animals and their interactions with their trainers!
My little cheese balls after the show.We convinced Lucas to ride the Skytower Ride so that we could get a better view of the bay. Once he saw how slow moving it was he was ok with joining us.
After the ride we found the Sea Lions and purchased a tray of small fish that we were able to feed them. The boys did not want to touch the slimy fish so they just watched Steve and I throw the fish to the Sea Lions. Lucas loved the weird and different sounds they made and he was sure to capture them on video with his camera.
Since we saved money by eating the snacks we brought rather than purchasing an over priced lunch, we told the boys they could each pick out a souvenir from the gift shop. Landon picked a stuffed Polar Bear and Lucas picked a Seal.
We loved Sea World and would love to go back again.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Day 4 - San Diego, California - Vacation Beach Day

Just a little secret I learned before going to the beach. To help get all this sand off, use a little bit of baby powder and wipe the sand right off. It really does work!!
A Great Day!!!!!
Cold water but lots of sunshine to warm us right up.
Even though we applied sunscreen twice, we all ended up sun burnt somewhere. We were a little tender for a few days but we all came home with a little more color. After I did some souvenir shopping in downtown Carlsbad I again picked up dinner from another Mexican restaurant that was super yummy! Later we enjoyed the sunset from the same beach we had spent the day at, as Landon got a head start on bed time.