Friday, August 20, 2010

California Dreamin'

A little over a month ago, we headed out west to visit San Diego! Brad had a week-long training out there, so we went a little early to take advantage of some sightseeing time! My dad and Robbin joined us for the long weekend, which was fun too. We had a great time - we went to the San Diego Zoo, walked around at the Hotel del Coronado, went to SeaWorld, ate some great food, and visited Newport Beach while we were taking Brad to his conference hotel! Here are a bunch of pictures of our adventure...enjoy!

Katie had to get used to the 2 hour time difference - plus, our plane didn't arrive until after 11 pm CA time, which meant after 1am her body time. Needless to say, the next morning, she kept sleeping and sleeping!

Once we arrived at the zoo, Katie felt like she could be our tour guide. Or maybe she just wanted to play with and rip up the map... :)

We saw a mama gorilla holding her baby - it was so sweet!

Really pretty bird - love that turquoise color!

As we were walking around, we saw this amazing peacock - he was protecting his family who was walking around with him. Pretty amazing to see this guy just wandering around!

I like zebras!

The polar bear eating and catching some rays!

The elephants were amazing...

Katie and her Daddy while we were riding the skycoaster back to the other side of the zoo

Of course we had to stop at the petting zoo! Katie was not so sure about the goats - I think she finally did touch one of their ears...

Family shot on the way out

Love this!


The next day (Saturday), we drove to Coronado Island and walked around the hotel

Part of the hotel

Robbin & Dad
Brad & myself

Beautiful chandelier in the lobby area
That afternoon, we visited SeaWorld - of course, we had to see the Shamu Show! It is amazing that such large creatures can be so majestic...

Neat picture in part of the aquarium part

She was absolutely worn out - I have never seen her sleep in her stroller before...and no binky!

We stopped and watched the dolphins play

Another attempt at a family photo just before the Pet Rule show - it was adorable!

Katie clapping for the "dog dogs"

One of the dogs doing a trick
We were walking through the Sesame Street part and wondering if they had the characters walking around. All of a sudden, the theme song started and out ran all of the characters to perform! Here they are singing and running around....
Katie was SO excited - I think it may have been her favorite part of the trip! And if you will notice, it looks like Brad is enjoying it too :)

"I love Elmo!!"

One more shot of the red, furry guy! What great timing!

I think Katie had a great trip and really enjoyed all of the new experiences. She will be spoiled though because the San Diego Zoo is famous and our zoo is nothing close to that!

The pier at Newport Beach - for some reason, I think this picture is really neat!

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