I’m home! After six days of exploring San Diego, it’s nice to be back home with sweet, snuggley Cookie. I know I said I’d try to post some pictures while I was away, but Paradise Point charged fifteen bucks per day for the internet. Ridiculous, right? I decided to spend that money on a few drinks instead. :)
Despite nearly constant quibbling amongst family members (if only those drinks had bestowed more tolerance!), it was a wonderful break from everyday drudgery. San Diego was suffering from what the locals call “June gloom” so it wasn’t the warm and sunny oasis I had envisioned. On occasion, when the sun came out to play, San Diego turned into a beautiful, vibrant city—a city I could see myself living in.
We certainly did a lot of sightseeing while we were there. Here are some photos of our more touristy activities:
That's right, that's a statue of the infamous couple kissing in Times Square after WWII. To the right is the USS Midway, which is a massive old Navy aircraft carrier turned museum.
The Navy (well, all of the military, to be honest) is foreign to me. We learned some mind-boggling details about how aircraft carriers operate, etc.
The next day, we spent hours at the San Diego Zoo, which certainly lives up to its stellar reputation. How gorgeous is that peacock?
A monkey and an extra-large aviary.
We had the chance to see some beautiful panda bears. Would you believe that pandas eat twenty to thirty pounds of bamboo per day? That
I had a close encounter with a beautiful owl before we happened upon the zoo's bird show.
The zoo also had beautiful landscaping with a variety of succulents and tropical plants, like this monstera deliciosa plant.
Our friend Larry owns a helicopter (don't you love it when your friends share their hobbies?) and took us for a spin. I could go on a helicopter ride every day.
And just in case we hadn't seen enough, we took a harbor cruise, which is where I spotted this funny orange submarine. Steve Zissou, are you on board?
We lunched at the legendary Coronado Hotel and enjoyed the Coronado beaches.
Of course, we spent plenty of time relaxing at Paradise Point Resort. This is the view from my parent's back porch.
Birds of paradise and hibiscus.
Well, that sums up our trip. I’ve relished the past nine work-free days and I’m not ready to go back to the 8-to-5 routine. I’m dreaming of a life of leisure, spent relaxing on Coronado beach, with a good book and a mojito…