Monday, July 15, 2013

The San Diego Zoo and Then Some

Gosh, it's been almost a month since we got home from San Diego, and I'm still posting pictures from our trip. This is the last of it, I promise! After we left the house in San Marcos, we spent 2 days in San Diego so that we'd be closer to the things we wanted to do.  We spent a fun day at the zoo and quickly remembered why we always liked to go there so often when we lived in that city.  (It's way more expensive now though but still well worth it!)

One of the first things you see upon entering is the flamingo exhibit.  This time, however, the birds were nesting!  Don't you wonder how they build those nests?  When the mamas stood up, you could see their eggs, and occasionally there was a brave chick out for a walk between its mama's long legs.  I had no idea the babies would be grey.

After meeting up with our kids, who got there much earlier than we did, we headed to the panda exhibit. Did you know that bamboo was so delicious?  Having only seen pandas in pictures, I really didn't even mind standing in line to see the this bear and her two children!

While waiting, we were entertained by this red panda  who was just waking up from a nap.  (The sign said it's not really a panda, however.)

We had a fun lunch before exploring the rest of the zoo.  Then we saw.......

the walk-though bird cage, 

lots of interesting plants,

enjoyed the Children's petting zoo,

and found the brand-new Koala exhibit.  Isn't he cute?

Our last day in San Diego, we visited Old Town with Jill and Michael's friends, the Kaspers, who now live in Fresno.  Those huge plants in front of the old buildings are Century Plants (agave).

After looking around some more, we enjoyed a Mexican meal topped off with churros for the kids.  They then headed back to the beach in La Jolla where David got to see the friendly squirrels again,

 and Oma and Opa went back to the hotel to relax.  Now everyone is back at home with only the memories of ten very fun  days together.


Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Such bright beautiful colors of all the birds and animals!! I love going to the zoo... and I can't imagine a more fun day than that at the zoo with grands!! ;) blessings ~ tanna

kathy b said...

Your zoo trip was amazing too and yes your red panda looks so familiar~! The kids are adorable in all the images....

Nancy said...

What fun memories you made for the kids.

I hope you were able to get a nibble or two of the churros, too.

Nancy Kay said...

Love seeing these pictures of the animals at the zoo. What a good outing for you all.

Janet said...

Love your photos, Judy. Sounds like a fun trip.

Dee said...

Oh my gosh ... the zoo photos are so cute. Apparently you were very lucky to see the Panda awake. I read a trip guide to the SDZoo and it said not to bother with the Panda as she was "always sleeping or in her hut". LOL

Love the red panda with his (her?) tongue sticking out. Too cute.

Looks like Oma and Opa are the FUN grandparents!