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A Day Off, Hurray!

Oh wow, we got to sleep in this morning. Then there was coffee out on the balcony in the warm morning sun. Since we didn’t travel today the pace was much more relaxed. I don’t think I’ve explained why we’re staying in Carlsbad instead of San Diego. We got roped into one of those resort sales pitches. We got a two night stay at this fancy resort complex for almost nothing. The catch is that we had to attend a two hour sales pitch. We were lucky though, the people at Hilton Vacations don’t use pressure tactics. It was all easy going and a breeze to get through (no, we didn’t buy anything). In exchange we got all sorts of perks including a voucher for the San Diego Zoo for both of us (and a bunch of other stuff).

The Sheraton at Carlsbad

The Sheraton at Carlsbad

After the presentation we hopped in the car and headed the 30 miles into San Diego. The first stop was the zoo. Neither of us had even been to the San Diego Zoo. I have to say its an amazing place. It could easily take a full day to see everything. Did I mention that it is huge. We got in a lot of walking. I could go on and on about the zoo, but I won’t bore you with all of the details. I’ll just say it was great and if you’re ever in San Diego you should go to the zoo.

Rhinoceros of courserous

Rhinoceros of courserous

Feeding time at the zoo.

Feeding time at the zoo.

Panda taking a break

Panda taking a break

Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos

After the zoo (it closed at 6:00 and we had to leave), we went right next door to Balboa Park. By this time of the day virtually everything is closed, but it was still fun to walk around and look at all of the cool buildings and enjoy the lush vegetation. Right now there are all sorts of pretty flowering shrubs in full bloom. It was starting to get dark, so we decided to head back to Carlsbad before it got really dark. I’m still not used to the insanity of the freeways here. I’m glad we didn’t come in my car. It just wouldn’t go fast enough to be on these freeways.

The Museum Of Man, Balboa Park

The Museum Of Man, Balboa Park

Spreckels Organ Pavillion, Balboa Park

Spreckels Organ Pavillion, Balboa Park

Tomorrow we’re heading back into San Diego and will spend the night at a Best Western in Old Town. We plan to do another 10 km walk somewhere in the San Diego downtown area. There are three walks to choose from and we haven’t decided which we’ll do yet. It’ll be another easy going, relaxing day.

Until tomorrow,

Jim

Posted by olytrains 22:28

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