Monday, August 16, 2010

San Diego Part 1

Ben and I went to San Diego for our fourth anniversary… for a week, sans kids. THANK-YOU MOM and ANNA (and the rest of my family)!! It was fantastic to have so much time without any responsibilities, to just focus on each other and have fun. And we did have a great time (except when Ben got tonsillitis… that wasn’t so much fun). We crammed so many activities into our 7 days there – the Zoo, SeaWorld, the Wild Animal Park, a couple’s massage, Disneyland, snorkeling at La Jolla, visiting Little Italy, Moonlight Beach, a sunset horse ride, visiting Ben’s grandparents – we were basically non-stop the entire time we were there. We had a really really wonderful time, and I would love to go back sometime. Maybe with the kids next time!

I really can’t pick one activity out as my favorite, but one that stands out a lot was when we went snorkeling. Both times, really, but especially the first day because we were swimming with sharks! Leopard sharks, and they’re really harmless, but it was quite an experience to swim with these big guys just a few feet or less below us. The second day we went snorkeling we saw more fish and no sharks, and we also got to see sea lions and seals. I wanted to stay out longer both days, but because it was so cold even with wetsuits, we only lasted about an hour the first time and 40 minutes the second time. I know, it’s California, it’s supposed to be hot, but seriously, it wasn’t hot, and the water was COLD!

I had a lot of fun taking pictures of all the animals and plant life we saw, but next time I’m gonna make sure I bring my camera to the beach with me! :( I don’t think I took a single picture of the ocean!! And there’s really only a handful of Ben and I. Too bad. I’ll do better next time. There’s way too many pictures for one post, so these pictures are all from SeaWorld. I’ll post again with more. :)

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San Deigo 022I love walruses! They make me think of my Grandma Sheila. Not for any mean reason, she just loved walruses. :)

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San Deigo 027  These empire penguins were so much fun to watch! The lighting was really funny in there so it was hard to get a decent picture, but I loved these guys.  There was a little baby penguin that was still learning to walk and we both looked at each other and said it reminded us of how Michael walks. So cute!

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San Deigo 071Manta Ray! They would come up to the surface and let us touch them. They felt so cool, not at all what I expected – it was a neat experience.

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We sat in the splash zone for the Shamu show, but never got splashed. It was a great show, we were really glad we went.

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Katie said...

Fun! Isn't it great to have a nice camera? You can really tell it made your guys' pictures great. I have a grandma Shelia too... Funny. :)

Emily said...

Thanks! I love having my nice camera, but I need to remember to get it out more!