First of all, apologies for the Borat photo. I know that image was cruel and unusual punishment so to make up for it, I’ll show you some photos from our vacation to San Diego. (Yes … that is where I was this past week. We met up with my mom and brother out there. I was unable to be specific about my whereabouts or what I was doing for “security” reasons. Mr. Jenners frowns on letting the “world” know via my “widely read” blog that we aren’t at home.) Anyway, Mr. Jenners took some really gorgeous photos while we were out there and I’m dying to share them with you.
Our first stop was Legoland, which was amazing. The Little One was in heaven. By far, the best part was Miniland USA, which had all these Lego representations of various cities. Here are some of the 100s of photos we took there.
Lego Las Vegas Sign
Lego New York City
Lego San Francisco
Lego Daytona 500
If you ever have the chance to go to Legoland (and especially if you have a young Lego fanatic in your life), I would highly recommend it. The only real downside was that there was just way too much to do in one day. And if you go, definitely eat the apple fries with vanilla cream. YUM!
Our next excursion was to La Jolla (a swanky part of San Diego and where I plan to retire if I ever become a bazillionaire). There we experienced the highlight of the trip (in my eyes)—the Children’s Pool, which is a protected beach for harbor seals and seal lions. We were lucky enough to be there when the harbor seals were having their babies.
The Children’s Pool in La Jolla. Free and amazing!
This is how we should all feel every day
Better than any zoo!
Pelican or cormorant? Can you settle this for us?
There were a bunch of these guys on a rock above the seals
This guy was circling around his friends
All of a sudden, the entire flock took off. Can you guess why?
BECAUSE THERE WAS AN EARTHQUAKE ABOUT
3 SECONDS LATER!
Yes … we had the quintessential California experience in that there was an earthquake while we were there. It was centered about 200 miles south in Mexicali, Mexico, but we definitely felt it. I believe it was a 7.2 (which was slightly stronger than the earthquake in Haiti). When it happened, we were standing at the top of the cliffs looking down on the seals. It literally felt like the earth rolling and moving under our feet. Very very freaky. It lasted about 10 to 15 seconds. So now I can cross “experience an earthquake” off my “to do” list.
So what did we do after experiencing an earthquake? Go on a hike above unstable cliffs, of course! We took a walk in the Torrey Pines Nature Reserve, which has these trees that only grow two places on earth. (The trees are Torrey Pines, in case you didn’t figure that out.) Here are some highlights from that lovely walk. (And I definitely recommend a visit here if you are in the area.)
A Torrey Pine
The wildflowers were in full bloom
A wider shot of the sea cliffs
Another day, we walked around Balboa Park, which is the “Central Park” of San Diego. It is immense and filled with tons of museums as well as the San Diego Zoo. I think it is a great example of urban planning.
A tower at Balboa Park
Flowers in full bloom
Cool looking roots at the base of a huge tree
Me modeling with the stewardess uniforms at theSan Diego Air and Space Museum.
Check out how short that one uniform is!!!
I thought this exhibit was the best part of the museum.
The Little One wasn’t a fan.
His take on it: “This is both scary and boring.”
We had lovely weather while we were there but it wasn’t warm enough to go swimming.
Me running out of the very very cold water
It didn’t stop the Little One though…
And now some gorgeous sunset shots. We have at least 50 more that are equally gorgeous but this post is long enough already.
Buried under piles of dirty laundry and still California dreaming,