I returned to Baltimore around 9pm on Monday. I had a fantastic time in San Diego. Jay and Jackie were great hosts and obliged me in all my sight seeing and picture taking. We ran up and down the coast to views that never disappointed. The weather was fantastic and a great break from the 20 degrees and snow we currently have in Baltimore.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo was a great experience. I’ve never seen so many active and seemingly happy animals. In the first 5 minutes there, I saw two bears wrestling and playing just 20 feet away. I could have watched the Orangutans all day long. One came over to the glass and sat in front of me and Jackie. A volunteer at the park told Jackie to open her purse and let the Orangutan look inside and sure enough, as soon as Jackie opened her purse, the Orangutan, Julie, started looking inside to see what she had. It was really cute. There was another Orangutan that was running around with a burlap sack on his head and back like a cape.
One of my favorite places was Balboa Park. It includes the Zoo and a number of museums, including the Museum of Photographic Arts. The Museum was really nice. It featured a number of really old photographs (I wish I would have taken some notes) and discussed some of the methods for developing plates. The park also featured a number of street performers including this guy playing the didgeridoo. We had to leave to meet Tracy Ann and Conlon for dinner but the park will definitely be on my list of places for a return visit.
On Sunday we went to La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya). This is a must see on a visit to San Diego and it definitely did not disappoint. The cliffs lead down to small beaches where kids were having a blast playing in the water and the small tidal pools. At one beach, there were a numerous seals resting and playing on the beach. There were also a number of seals on some of the rocky mini islands that were about 20 feet from where we were standing. It was really neat to be so close to them in their natural environment.
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