Wednesday, November 4, 2009

San Diego Part I

WARNING!!! This Blog post has many, many photos and may contain some adult material.

The Wagner's vacation to San Diego can be described in four words; fun, frugal, fast and flu.

When Bert originally scheduled his yearly vacation from Alaska Airlines in November, he was planning on using his vacation to prepare for his change of command. The change of command was bumped up to October, and I started thinking about a family trip, Hawaii? (too expensive), Alaska? (too cold), how about San Diego? Bert agreed and we started making plans. The biggest consideration was school, we didn't want the boys to miss too much school. We decided on a long weekend, and the boys would only miss four days of school. Our plans included the zoo, Legoland, and Sea World.

Bert was already down in San Diego for a Navy conference. I was a little nervous about flying standby without him, but we made it into San Diego Thursday night. Bert picked us up at the airport in a rental car and drove us to the Navy Lodge on North Island. The room was great, two beds, plus a roll-a-way, and a kitchenette. Bert had done good, he had already bought us fruit, cereal, milk, and yogurt for breakfast. I was happy!

Even though it was dark, we still wanted to see the ocean. Marcus had never seen the ocean before, and Travis had been a baby when we had been down here before. The older boys loved it. Marcus wasn't impressed, he didn't like how far we had to walk to reach the water. He was also very tired and just wanted to go to bed.

The next morning we all had to see the ocean in the daylight. Marcus still didn't like all the walking he had to do on the sand.

The San Diego Zoo

We started our adventure by going to the zoo. I had been to the San Diego Zoo back in 1986, but didn't remember that much of it. It is huge, and we weren't able to see everything. I wish we had rented a stroller for Marcus to ride in once in a while and for a place to put our back packs full of water. Buy the way, don't drink the water in San Diego, it taste terrible!

Nathan loved the Meerkats.

The panda bears were super exciting.

This is the most exciting picture it took.

The Koala bears were very exciting too.

The zoo can be very educational, cover your kid's eyes!

Other cool things we saw and did.

When we got back to our room, we ate dinner that we picked up at the Commissary and then we had s'mores on the beach. We loved it!

Next post Legoland!


Kristina P. said...

I haven't been to San Diego in so long, but it's one of my favorite places in California. Looks like you had a great time!

Stacie said...

FUN!!! I wanna go with you next time, but can I leave my kids at home?

Suzanne said...

How fun! We were supposed to go to Hawaii with Jim and Kristin for their change of command "release"...I had surgery at a bad time and there's just no bummed...not even there for the c.o.c.

Linda said...

Looks like you had a great time.

Kristina said...

So, I guess the Sound doesn't count as part of the ocean, huh?
Looks like you had a great time.