Tuesday, April 01, 2008

look me right in the eye and tell me you wouldn't rather be in San Diego

-view from our hotel room -

- where we had our evening swim and drinks -

- el fresco dinner in Old Town (can you call it el fresco in Spanish?) -

- stairwell in the haunted Whaley house (former gallows site) -

- pondering my retirement on Coronado Island -

- one of the reasons Canadians are always saying "It's so big! And so hot!" -

- the aircraft carrier, USS Midway, the epitome of "it's so big!" -

- my kinda boat -

- beautiful Balboa park museums -

- the real elephants were cool too, but the topiary at the zoo entrance was tops -

- skyfari ride over the zoo (check out the death grip) -

- baby meerkats! -

- the infamous spitting creature (pre-gob) -


phlegmfatale said...

well, it IS pretty...
Glad you had such a lovely time! It was worth the trip just for the baby meerkats.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The baby meerkats were possibly the cutest things I have ever seen, Phlegmfatale.
It was a great trip, a real break from the grind.

Allison said...

Those baby meerkats are adorable!! I'd like one for myself. :)

Great photos, makes me want to be go back, and immediately. I feel like I've been to the Whaley house as well, but may have it confused with something else. Old Town is a great place for dinner though, eh?

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Tha dude hitching up his pants in the topiary pic, that would have been me if I had been there. Thanks for the great pics! You kids look great!

Deb said...

Great pics Barb. Baby meerkats...aw, I want one.

And yes, I'd rather be in San Diego. Or anywhere else for that matter.

Beth said...

Yep. I would. You know, you look younger in the face than you do in the back of the head. And happier.

Gifted Typist said...

I agree with Beth. You face is even lovelier than the back of your head. And I bet Beth's is too.

Do you feel refreshed after your californian odyssey?

Deb said...

Oh, and Barb...go here http://www.apple.com/startpage/
to see something that might be kind of fun to either participate in or just check out (the April 1 entry re Radiohead). :)

mellowlee said...

I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip Barb :O) The photos were amazing! I haven't done anything exciting with my time off, but we have had pajama day every single day this week so far heehee!

Anonymous said...

Yes, no shame in saying I'd rather be in San diego. Your faces are so lit, I can feel the fun.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You may have been to the Whaley house, Al, it's in Old Town right near Fred's Mexican Cafe, where we had dinner.
And I could go back to San Diego immediately too. Race you there!

No trip is complete without a few pics of some dude hitching up his pants, Dr M, but it would have been stellar had it really been you. Next time I will photoshop you into the trip.

Deb, you deserve a trip to San Diego, wish we could have brought you along. At the very least, I could have stolen a baby meerkat for you.

Awww, that's so sweet, Beth! I was just happy that I didn't crack the camera lens.

You are too kind, Gifted! And I too have always wanted to sneak a peek at Beth.
I do feel rejuvenated after my trip, and once I get past my souvenir cold, I will be even better. Did your St Martens' trip do the same for you?

April Fool's, Radiohead? I'm going right over, Deb - thanks for the heads up!

Pyjama days are the best way to spend a vacation, Mel. The RO had the day off school today and I was off work and I was in my jammies till 11:00. Bliss!

We really were in our glory there, Leazwell. We are fully determined to travel more regularly now.

Gifted Typist said...

Yes, I came back feeling like the tank was fuller than when I left. That's not always the case with holidays - sometimes you come back feeling burned out and disappointed because things weren't so good - which is always drag.

A cold? How could a Canadian catch a cold while on holiday in San Diego?

Hope you're feeling better soon

Coaster Punchman said...

You're back in my homeland here!

jim dandy said...

Any trouble crossing international borders? I had a hell of a time driving into Canada a couple years ago. (it was just a short cut from Maine to Michigan) They wanted a pass port, and papers for my cat, none of which I had. I kept telling them, it's not like it's another country or something? It's Canada!
I guess I just didn't get it.
Anyways, I'm glad your visit was great!I've enjoyed all your stories.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Deb, I checked out that site and I did see that before on the Radiohead site, where the words "nude, Radiohead, and contest" all in one sentence got me all light-headed.

I think it's malaria, Gifted! No, I'm getting better; I'm too evil to stay ill for long.
I'm so happy that your vacation helped you sharpen your axe. That's what they are supposed to do, but, as you said, don't always achieve.

How come you San Diegons don't brag about the place more, Coaster Punchman? It's a terrific city! I'd go back in a heartbeat.

They wanted papers for your cat, Jim Dandy? Sheesh. We actually had no issues, but of course we all have passports now and we left our cat at home. We did see a big sign coming into the US, telling us we had to declare any maple syrup. Talk about encouraging cliches.

Tanya Espanya said...

Darling Barb, did you go see the Pompeii exhibit? I thought I read that somewhere...anyway, if you went, was it worthwhile?

We'll be there in a couple of weeks and my friend is talking about getting tickets.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Tanya, the Pompeii exhibit is definitely worth it. You have to carry around those headsets, but you get to punch in display numbers. It's a really moving exhibit, and you can get through it fairly quickly.

I want to go back to San Diego tooooooo!


Just trying to catch up on everyone's life while mine has been nutso and man! what a visual paradise awaited me this morning!

I hadn't considered going to San Diego but I'm blown away with it's beauty.

Hard to come back here to grey hell I'm sure.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It actually was a little tough to come back, UB, but fortunately we had San Francisco in between, where the weather was a little less glorious.

San Diego is a surprisingly fine place!