Monday, February 28, 2011

San Diego: Zoo and Safari


We made it home from San Diego and we had such a wonderful trip!  It is now on the top of the list of my favorite places!!!  It is a beautiful, clean, big city.  You have everything from the beach to the Navy Base and Miramar (yes, from "Top Gun" for all you 80's Tom Cruise fans!) to Coronado Island, the Gaslight Downtown District, and the Zoo and Sea World!  We didn't get to take in near everything we would have liked to, but we did a pretty good job for a four day trip with a two year old!  Whew.  All I have to say is that   Cilla has slept about 24 of the last 30 hours we have been home! The one downfall of the trip, I only got one picture of three of us and Cilla was not too thrilled about having her picture made.  That's how it goes, right?!
We started our trip with breakfast at San Diego Desserts.  It was yum-my!  I had the most delicious pineapple muffin.  Only in California!
Yay for her nose getting better every day!
After breakfast and taking in a little of the San Diego State Campus, we headed to the famous San Diego Zoo.  We saw lots and lots of fun animals.
Koalas.
Camels.
Zebras.
And one of Cilla's favorites, Giraffes, just to name a few!

The zoo is so big that we had to take a bus tour in order to see most of it.  The double decker bus ride was a hit!
A view of some of the beautiful architecture in the city.
One of the highlights of the zoo, was the "kid's zoo" which allowed the little ones to get up close and personal with goats and sheep.  Cilla took full advantage!
We tried to tell her that she could see all the goats she wanted in Arkansas!  But, it was still one of her favorite things!
Our little Goat Whisperer!

Since one of our very favorite things to do on vacation is find great places to eat, we were excited to stumble across this cute little place for lunch called Gulf Coast Grill.  We got a little taste of the bayou right there in California!  Notice the whole crawfish garnishing Flint's meal!
Day Two:
 We headed to the San Diego Zoo Safari.  It is about 30 minutes out of the city, but well worth the drive.  It was even more fun to take in than the zoo.

This place was so beautiful and it was breath taking to see the animals in more natural habitats!
This little lady LOVED seeing all the animals!
This guy was proving to on-lookers why he is called "King"!  
He put on quite a performance for us!
We were not able to take the tour on which you go right up to the animals and feed them, since Cilla was not old enough, but we still got to take a train tour of the park.  I would say this was one of the highlights of the trip!



Cilla also loved the gorillas!  They were hilarious to watch.

Again, we worked up an appetite and had lunch at one of our favorites from Texas, BJ's.  Yep, that's my two year old eating avocado egg rolls!  She cracks us up with her eating habits!
To be continued......

5 comments:

Tiffany said...

How fun! I hope to go there one day too!

Johanson Family said...

OOH! That makes me want to go to the zoo!! There is a place around here that lets you drive through and feed the animals too, but haven't had a chance to make it out there! Maybe I can add that to my list of things to do! :)
Great pictures!!!!

Katie said...

Looks like such fun, Rebekah! Makes me want to go. ; )

The Disheroons said...

looks like lots of fun. My kids love avocadoes too. You should take cilla to the Gentry safari. There is no age limit there. My kids always enjoy themselves when we go.

Lyndsey said...

I am so glad that ya'll had a great time in SD. It is one of Matt and my most favorite places. Can't wait to take our kiddos to the Zoo when they get big enough. You pictures make me want to go back right now!!! Yay for California Vacations.