Monday, September 12, 2011

San Diego

I am so behind on posting...I hope you will bear with me. Just before school began, we spent 3 wonderful nights in San Diego. I told you about the wonderful cupcake stop we made...still thinking about them...they were delicious! Anyhoo, we stayed on Shelter Island at The Bay Club. This is a nice hotel and met our needs nicely. Our room looked over the bay. It was fun to watch various ships come into and out of port.

and the dining room and pool is on the harbor.

Shelter Island is a few minutes driving distance to the downtown area and a nice choice if you don't want the hustle and bustle of a city. Hubby and Shaggy played golf one day and the girls and I decided to venture into the city. We took a shuttle from the hotel to near the USS Midway. We toured this Air Craft Carrier several years ago and if you are ever in San Diego, it is a must! The docents on board are mostly elderly military men and they are a wealth of information and full of stories. We spent hours there last time.

This time, the girls and I decided to walk toward the Gaslamp Quarter for a bite to eat. We happened upon The Grant Hotel which I fell in love was built in 1910 and someday I would like to stay here.

The Horton Plaza is located across the street from The Grant and is a 5 level mall. Now, I am don't particularly enjoy shopping, but this was fun. It was open air and had escalators to each level. One level was a neat food court with numerous choices. Everything appeared to be very clean and the bathrooms even offered a strange looking hand dryer...a bit intimidating, frankly. Oh...did you know that the skyline in San Diego is sometimes referred to as a "tool box"? Many of the skyscraper's architecture resembles tools...screwdrivers, socket wrenches, etc. I did not.

One one level of the mall, there were ginormous chess and checkerboards. The girls began a game of chess which ended in a tie...kinda.

The following day, we all spent the day at Sea World. It was PACKED!!! There were announcements throughout the day that one show or another was filled to capacity. We decided which shows and attractions we really wanted to see and were able to do so. This show was an acrobatic/comedy show...cute...there is a member of the audience in that big ball being pushed along by the jet ski. Turkey legs and Shamu shaped pretzels staved off starvation after a bit.

I have no photos of the Shamu show itself, because the girls and I sat in the Splash Zone...I must tell you that we were drenched...dripping wet with squishy shoes. Part of the fun with that was watching the lady sitting in front of us who got angry when she got splashed...she stood up and started up the stairs every time a whale or dolphin came near...seriously? There were signs everywhere and announcements made throughout the show stating that you would get wet...We just had to laugh...

This was Sugar Plum Fairy's favorite show...Blue Horizons. I loved the Pilot Whales...both they and Beluga Whales look like the are smiling.

Sea Lions Live was okay...the animals and their trainers did a bit as though they were on Dancing with the Stars. Cute. The "opening act" had me in stitches a couple times...the "stage hand" got into the music and sand as though he were in the particular movies...Dirty Dancing, Grease (He playing both Sandy and Danny)

We visited the new Turtle Reef

...and even rode a ride...this is like the Teacups at Disney...was going to be a gently spinning adventure until Shaggy joined us at the last second and spun us so fast, I was nearly green!

We were hot and exhausted, but really enjoyed the day. Having a swim in the bay and perusing a Farmer's Market was the perfect ending to a perfect weekend.


Denice said...

Sounds and looks like a fantastic family vacation...the pictures are great and the food looks yummy.

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Looks like you had a grand time...what fun! Memories to last, and that's what it's all about...thanks for sharing them, -Mary

tipper said...

It's so pretty-I love all the boats!!! Looks like you all had a great time!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great trip! I really liked that hotel, I hope you get to stay there sometime so I can see the inside. :)

Twisted Fencepost said...

I've always heard that San Diego is beautiful and your pictures show it! I'd love to visit the west coast sometime.
That hand dryer does look intimidating. LOL