Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Real original title, right? Well, maybe not so much, but it’s the best I could do for a title about our trip to the San Diego Zoo!

Preface: I have been bugging Derrick about going to the SD Zoo pretty much since we first moved out here. I love zoos. As discussed in my previous post, I love animals in general but I really love going to the zoo. And San Diego is supposed to be one of the biggest and best, right? So I’ve been wanting to go for awhile. Well last weekend, we finally made a trip down to go to the zoo, but also, the Braves were in town for the weekend playing the Padres. And since we want to go to all the ballparks, it seemed like going when the Braves were there made a lot of sense.

We headed down last Friday and learned how little there is on the road between here and LA. I mean, there really is a whole lot of nothing. It was pretty boring. So boring in fact, that I slept for a little chunk of time. Once we hit LA (around 5:30 pm), things got more interesting. Honestly, I don’t know if maybe Friday traffic isn’t as bad or if we hit the timing just right, but I just didn’t think the traffic in LA was that bad. Sure, it was stop and go, but everyone makes it sound like there couldn’t possibly be anything worse than LA traffic. Felt a lot like Atlanta traffic to me. So we survived getting through LA and we got in to San Diego around 9 pm. We waited to eat dinner until we got there, so we ended up having really really delicious teppanyaki at a Japanese steakhouse place near our hotel. Oh yeah, Pete, my penguin that has been on practically every trip I’ve ever taken since I was about 7 (or 8? I can’t remember) also came with us:

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Saturday was our big day…going to the zoo around 9:00 when they open and staying till between 4 and 5 before heading over to Petco Park for the Braves/Padres game. The zoo was awesome! SO many animals and the park itself was pretty cool. They have it setup into little habitats like Australia, the “Lost” Forest (whatever that means, but basically a lot of monkeys and tigers and stuff), Africa, etc. They also have a little Sky tram thing, called the Skyfari, which we rode over the middle of the zoo for a break from walking and for some nice aerial views. The weather was rather gloomy and we even had some rain, but it wasn’t enough to dampen my excitement and spirits, although I think it did keep some of the animals inside their homes instead of out for us to see. The bears, minus the polar bears, were very antisocial, as was their resident tiger. We ate at a really nice restaurant at the zoo called Albert’s where I had shrimp with spinach 3-cheese ravioli which was oh so good and Derrick had seafood stew. We had just gotten to the front of the park and were gonna check out the gift shop when the rain started to come down pretty heavily for a little bit, which was pretty good timing, I guess, since we were about to leave. By the time we got to the ballpark, the rain was gone again. Anyway, enjoy a lot of random pictures of a lot of animals:

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Does anyone else think of Iago in the Disney movie Aladdin pretending to be a flamingo? "
Does anyone else think of Iago in the Disney movie Aladdin pretending to be a flamingo? “
A tree kangaroo sleeping.
A tree kangaroo sleeping.
Selfie with the lynx? Or some kind of leopard? Anyone know what cat this is?
Selfie with the lynx? Or some kind of leopard? Anyone know what cat this is?
Lazy lion.
Lazy lion.

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Ugly bird.
Ugly bird.

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Little panda cub playing.
Little panda cub playing.
Mom panda tired out dealing with her cubs.
Mom panda tired out dealing with her cubs.
Skyfari selfie!
Skyfari selfie!
Tiger, Aloof.
Tiger, Aloof.
Big daddy silverback!
Big daddy silverback!

I probably have about 100 other pictures from the zoo, but these are a lot of the highlights.

So then it was on to the ballpark. Petco is a nice ballpark, but unfortunately, the Braves lost. We still had a good time (and I had big glass of white sangria which was very refreshing after a long, humid, warm day at the zoo!). OH and I did get to see someone run on the field from the stands and he got all the way to the outfield and a security guy tackled him down and then like 4 security guys swarmed him and dragged him out. It was rather dramatic. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in person, so I thought it was kind of entertaining (even if it is really stupid to do that because he’s like banned for life from the ballpark now).

Sunday we drove up to La Jolla on the way out of town and had an amazing brunch at a little local place called the Fig Tree Cafe. Derrick had stuffed French toast that had strawberries, mangoes, and mascarpone cheese…he did not leave anything on his plate. I had an omelette filled with cheese, bacon, and avacado; with that combo, you really can’t go wrong. After brunch we headed back home. Traffic was a nightmare! It was way worse than going down to San Diego. We went back through Hollywood and I did get to see the “HOLLYWOOD” letters in the hills, although unfortunately I did not get a good picture of it. After we finally made it through LA, we hit another loooong traffic delay because a beer truck apparently caught on fire and backed traffic up for awhile. After painfully trudging through that, we finally hit smooth sailing. We stopped for dinner and had our first In ‘n’ Out Burger. Everyone out here raves about it and it was pretty good, but I’m thinking maybe these people out here maybe blow it out of proportion a wee bit. Anyway, 11 hours after leaving San Diego, we finally made it home.

We followed up the busy weekend with an A’s game on Monday night, which was a lot of fun, as usual (and they won). Then Derrick found out Tuesday morning he had to take a red-eye that night to go to New York for a customer. So he was gone until Friday. Friday night we had date night at the movies to go see Guardians of the Galaxy, which was a lot better than I expected. I was a little skeptical about it, even if it is another Marvel movie, which I almost always love. But it was really fun and I recommend it (although we saw it in 3D just because the movie time was more convenient, but the 3D didn’t really add a lot to it, in my opinion).

Needless to say, we took it easy this weekend to recharge before another busy workweek.

Hope everyone has a great week!

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