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Friday, August 1, 2008

San Diego, California

This was one of the best vacations that I have been on. We drove down to Vegas, and stayed at the Stratosphere. When we went to check in, they apologized and said that they ran out of the "economy rooms" and upgraded us to one of their suits for free. That was totally awesome, there wasn't a jacuzzi but it was still great. The next morning we drove to the airport and boarded our flight to San Diego. By the way we had won this trip and everything was paid for except our stay in Vegas, our food and rental car.

As we flew into San Diego, it was very foggy so it was kind of disappointing. After getting off the plane, we boarded a shuttle that took us to the car rental place. The guy was very nice and talkative. He told us short cuts to get to the beach and some places to go see.

After getting our rental car, we immediately headed to the beach. We ended up at Pacific Beach, it was kind of disappointing because it was nothing compared to the beaches in Hawaii. Though it was still fun, the water was cold even though it was at the end of July. We stayed there for a few minutes and then we went to go explore San Diego.

Old Town


This was awesome to experience. My grandma is the one who told me to come visit Old Town, since she used to live in California. The town is set up like an old west town. There were people dressed up in colorful costumes. There were tons of stores you could go into and buy things, though sadly they were very expensive. You could take a tour of the mission, which was very interesting to see. It was a lot of fun to explore old town and see it. I'm glad that we did stop at Old Town and I'm looking forward to going back one day with my son.

After exploring Old Town, we went to our hotel and much to our surprise we were once again upgraded to a suit at no extra charge. This was a ton of fun. We decided to go back to the beach for a while, then we went to bed as we were getting up early to go the zoo and we wanted to beat the traffic.

The next morning we got up early and were getting ready. I happened to look out the window to see how bad the traffic was. Our room had a great view of the freeway. It was seven in the morning and I figured it would have been packed because of rush our, since that is what I was told my parents and grandma. To my surprise it was almost empty. I was in shock and so were they when I showed them the picture.


View of the freeway at seven am on Friday.

San Diego Zoo
The cute little hippo by the front gates

I've always wanted to go to the San Diego Zoo, because I've heard it is amazing to see. It is a huge zoo, so the first thing that we did was go on the bus tour. We were on the top floor of the bus, which was cool because there was no roof above us. We got a whole tour of the zoo in about an hour or so. After the bus tour, we set off on foot to see the zoo.

We actually got to see the Jaguar being fed. They hide his food in the trees and he goes around hunting for it. He is such an incredible animal and gorgeous to. I got to see many amazing animals at the zoo and had a lot of fun doing it. When we were there, they were building a new elephant exhibit. They had posters of it up and it looked really neat.

It took us 8 hours to walk to whole zoo. By the end my legs hurt so bad that I could barely move, but it was so worth it. It was an incredible experience. After we left the zoo we went back to the beach, to spend the evening. It was our four year anniversary and I couldn't think of a better way to spend the evening.



Pacific Beach

We woke up the next morning and got ready to go to Sea World. I have never been there so I was really excited about it. Though I was sad as this was our last day in California and our plane left that evening.

Sea World



A sea lion waiting to be fed

Sea World was an awesome place to visit. I got to see a dolphin and killer whale up close. I was able to pet a sting ray, they felt really weird. I don't know how to describe it, but it was awesome. We also walked through a tunnel that had sharks all around us. Now that was interesting, and I'm glad that they couldn't get to us as I'm not a fan of sharks. The penguin display was pretty cool to. We ate at a restaurant that was shaped like a pirate ship. That was pretty interesting, but it was a long wait to get into the place. The sea lions were pretty noisy and stuff, but it was interesting to see them up close. The sea lion show was pretty fun to see. We also saw the dolphin show and of course the show featuring Shamu. My husband was disappointed since we sat towards the back, he wanted to sit up front and get wet. I unfortunately was a party pooper and didn't want my expensive camera to get wet.

I loved my trip to San Diego and I had a great time. The traffic wasn't bad at all, it was no worse than driving in Salt Lake. I'm excited to go back there one day.
 
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