We found a lovely hotel right next to Balboa Park in San Diego. With a touch of jet lag, Kris and I woke up before dawn and got out into the Park for a nice long walk with the sunrise. Our arrival in the city coincided with the big Race for the Cure event, and we watched hundreds of people wearing pink preparing for the big race.
We also were able to see the lovely trees in the park and the museum-lined streets of El Prado in the early morning light…
We planned to spend the day at the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. Once they opened, we headed that way. It was a very auspicious beginning to the day: a woman was standing near the entrance gate and gave us a free ticket inside. She said “Remember how nice the people of San Diego are!” and so I do
…Once inside…the cameras were clicking all day!
[More animals here... and more to come in the coming days]
Photographing animals is an absolute joy, but also a challenge; for each photo you get, you miss about a dozen more funny faces. It was such a beautiful clear day in San Diego, so the factors were right for great photos. The San Diego Zoo was truly a beautiful spot!
We calculated our walking distances, and it was over 13 miles… no wonder we were so dead tired when we walked out of the zoo. It was late afternoon, and we were in a bit of a haze, but as we walked back to our hotel through the beauty of Balboa Park, we stopped a few times to rest our feet. That was when I recognized a familiar group… it started with the sighting of an adorable dachshund… then a very cute baby boy… and then a beautiful familiar face from blogland. It was one of those funny moments when I was thinking, “Is this real?”
The serendipitous meeting between Disentangled Jenifer and Lolly in the Park! Millions of people live in San Diego, but what are the chances that 2 knitters who met online years ago would be in the same area of the Park at the same exact time? The probability just blew my mind.
…perhaps it blew my mind too much to even take a photo with the camera that hung around my neck…
Either way, I was so happy to meet Jenifer, her husband, her adorable son, and her sweet pup! I am still shaking my head at the serendipity of that
… We spent two days in San Diego and didn’t even scratch the surface, unfortunately. It is a lovely city and I truly hope to have the chance to go there again. We totally lucked out when we found one of the pinnacle restaurants of our whole trip on our very first night in the city:
Here I am enjoying the delicious veggie delights of Spread restaurant. Local produce, prepared in the most delicious and savory way (the chef came out and discussed with us beforehand) It was sort of a tapas-style, where you order several plates and share. So memorable. Now I want to try to figure out what we ate so I can re-create!
Next stop on the SoCal Roadtrip: Mojave and Sonoran desert – Joshua Tree – Palm Springs