Sunday, July 31, 2011
Have you ever had one of those vacations that is so different from anything you've done before? They tend to stick in your memory and you find yourself day dreaming about them. All you remember is how perfect everything was, how perfect the accommodations were, and how nothing could ever be better. We just got back from a vacation like that.
I'm not a "beach person"and never have been. I don't like to get hot if I don't have to, I despise sand anywhere other than my toes, and I have seen Shark Week too many times. Generally if you ask me where my ideal vacation (especially in the summer) I would tell you that they involve mountains of some sort and cooler temperatures. Our last vacation of the summer may have turned all of this on its head because San Diego, CA was possibly my perfect place on earth.
My parents rent a place right on the beach (pictures below) and invited Haley and I to come along with my brother, his fiance, and assorted other extended family members. My brother, his fiance (henceforth known as Whitney), Haley, and I all cleared our schedule and decided to be there for a week to end our summer. This condo unit that they rent has three smallish bedrooms (two of them have two twin beds and one has a king), two bathrooms, one kitchen, one living room, and an ocean view. All of this couldn't have been more than 1200 square feet, so there wasn't much personal space. During our time there we got into a number of mis-adventures that we'll remember forever:
Pacific Coast Highway. We left out in the morning and got as far north as Huntington Beach before turning around to go on our next mis-adventure. While cruising we got to eat some awesome breakfast, see some beautiful country, and enjoy the beautiful weather of southern California.
USS Midway Museum with Trent and Whitney (pictured above). Trent and I's grandfather spent time stationed on the Midway during his service in the Navy and we wanted to come see it first hand. We spent a couple of hours looking around the cramped quarters and Haley and I even randomly ran into one of our favorite students from Coppell on board! It's a small world.
San Diego Zoo. While Haley swears up and down that the Tyler Zoo is just as well known as this one, I think the San Diego Zoo might be the greatest zoo on the face of the planet. It's clean, it's well kept, and there are tons of different vantage points to see all the animals. We got to watch a handler feed the tigers, llamas fight amongst themselves, and see a trainer call a full grown African elephant like a puppy. It was a fun morning and we at in San Diego's old town for lunch.
Petco Park. While the baseball wasn't awesome, we enjoyed ourselves and got out of the house a bit. Again...one of my first time trying to create a panoramic picture.