We arrived about 3:00 am in San Diego on the morning of the 27th. We had originally planned a stop at Joshua Tree on the way from the Grand Canyon but once we realized we were going to be so late getting to San Diego we scratched it. When we were planning our road trip we knew which cities we wanted to hit but didn’t make many plans of what to do once we got there. This was good and bad. Good because we had the option to change things up and just go with the flow. Bad because we really didn’t plan enough time in our schedule to do a whole lot so when we decided to do something that took a few hours it really put us behind on our travel schedule.
When we woke up that morning in San Diego and I looked out of our hotel window I was so excited, it was simply beautiful. The water was sparkling and it was dotted with sailboats. Then when we went to breakfast our view was of the marina and there were so many sailboats and boats! I have no idea how a person could even get their boat out of that mess. It was so neat though.
My one goal while in San Diego was to walk along the bay. I just wanted to soak in the sun and the sounds and smells of being by the water. It was so nice and relaxing and it was so nice for the sun to be shining since it had rained on us the past two days. We were down there around lunch time and I saw a guy in a suit sitting in his car eating lunch. That’s where I want to have lunch every day too. Jealous. While we were walking along Cole points out something out in the water…it was a sea lion! I couldn’t believe it! He was too far away and moving too quick for me to get a picture but I was just so excited to see one just out and about.
Cole really wanted to go to the infamous San Diego Zoo but I looked up the ticket prices and for both of us it was going to be $92 for us to go!! What?!? It’s a zoo! So we decided against it and were going to find something else to do. I decided to call and see about a military discount and I’m so glad I did because Cole got in for free and I got a 10% discount. It was still steep to pay $42 for both of us to go to the zoo but it was a lot of fun and a really nice zoo.
For those of you who know Cole is aka Panda so it was a necessity to see the pandas…well that and we’ve never actually seen one in person. When we walked up to the exhibit it said there would be a 45 minute wait to see them. Wowza! Luckily it was only about 25 minutes but you know I would have waited the full 45 because they were so dang cute! I didn’t get any pics of the mama but the baby was just so cuddly looking. I wanted to squeeze him and hold him like a baby.
For them to be “giant” pandas they were a lot smaller than I expected. The San Diego Zoo is a definite must if you are there and have the time.
I forgot to mention this in my last post but when Cole and I got to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert there was a sign that military got in free. When we got to the gate we showed them our IDs and they gave us an annual membership pass. I was so excited! Between there and the Grand Canyon this saved us almost $50 in park fees. So don’t forget to ask about those military discounts, up to this point in the trip we had saved over $100 with our military IDs.