Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Beach and San Diego Zoo

On Monday
we went to the beach for breakfast.
We got a table with a view of the ocean, nice!

Of course we walked on the beach...but we were headed
to the zoo right after that so I said, "Don't get wet."

They found lots of cool stuff on the beach..shells, sand
dollars,

lots of seaweed.

Ruth, Drew and Vince hunting

Hmm, yes, he got a little wet, or a lot wet!
Vince bought him some shorts at a beach
store, nice brother in law!

The family, minus Vince who was taking the photo,
at the zoo.


Drew and Lorissa looking ferocious!

Watching the apes.

They are huge!!

These chimps
were being fed so they were all
riled up making lots of noise!

One jumped right at the window and banged
on it freeking out a little girl!
Drew thought it was cool.

The handler said she was the alpha female
and felt she should have had first
pick of the food so she was mad.
Sounds logical to me!!

Being this close to a tiger was very amazing,
If not for the glass between us we could have touched it!!

I love hippos, especially when they are swimming!

We watched an exciting bird show.
At the end you could give this bird money and he
would stuff it in his box.
I think the dollar being put in was Drew's.
You can see Drew on the left side.

Pandamonium!

This shot was for April, she likes Pandas.

Me, I like elephants!!

Bop the seal!!

Balboa Park through the polar bear display.


Safari Steve

That's a lot of stripes.
They must use it to make predators dizzy.

Yes, the pachyderms.
Hey! not me! The big grey thing with tusks!!



Ruth getting a ride

Drew taking flight.

All that I could get at first of the elephants
was rear ends, then they came and fed them
so I got some good shots!

Aren't they cute, in a large sort of way?
Why is it that I like the BIG animals?
Hmm, not sure.

The "kids" playing.

Meerkats are so small, and cute...
in Lion King Timon seems a
lot bigger, just saying!

One of the other many wild animals found
in the zoo!! Got a good
shot of him too!! Seems as though
he will eat most anything, he
especially likes mexican food, go figure!

This one's for Lyndsie, she likes
giraffes.

Drew lost his flip-flop in the koala exhibit.
Yes, I knew that was going to happen sooner or later!
Good thing about him? He's not shy!
He went to the nearby gift shop and got some help!!!
The guy thought it was funny, happens all the
time he said!

The peacock

Just one more shot! Yes, you guessed it.
Another elephant! I could take this one home.
Oh yeah! How about that in the front yard?

Took a drive up Mt. Soledad, where Lorissa lived when
she first got out of college.

Lot's of nice views!

Steve and Lorissa at Mount Soledad
cross and war memorial.

View of San Diego

That is a lot of bird poop!

This is La Jolla.


Seals enjoying the sun.


I love the ocean for so many reasons...

...tide pools...



...the splash of the waves as they crash against the rocks...

....the sound of the waves crashing on the shore
that drowns out everything else...

...the way the sun comes through
the clouds and reflects on the water...

...turning the waves into a beautiful, shining blue...
the beach is a place to reflect and be
refreshed. Wish I lived near a beach
with mountains and snow too!

Seals reflecting! I'm pretty sure that is what
they are doing!

Vince, Drew and Ruth on the beach for
a closer view!


Tuesday morning bright and early we were on
the road again. Leaving the land of freeways and
overpasses.

To the desert again. I think this was a view into
Mexico.

Maybe my mom liked the desert for its
large saguaro cactus.

Or the cactus forest!!

Wow!

This is the view of Flagstaff, now maybe this is why
she liked the desert.
Flagstaff is beautiful, wouldn't be such a
bad place to live if you had to
live in the desert.

More views on the way home through a dust storm.


5 comments:

Lorissa said...

Nice pictures! The Safari Steve shot came out very well if I do say so myself!

Sue Mac said...

Great pictures, Lor! Love seeing the Quiz Clan life in pictures.

Anonymous said...

looks like fun! I love the zoo...

Karla

Just Me - The Champion said...

So I need to add your blog to my top ten! I LOVE the pictures. I can see why you love the ocean so much. Those pictures were amazing! THanks for sharing your trip with us. Love the stories about Drew and his flip flop and beach clothes. It looks like you are having a blast. Love you girlfriend! - Jen

Traci H:) said...

Lori, I am so inspired by your family! You all are so beautiful! Its wonderful to see a big family with sssooooooo much love:) You are an awesome MAMA!