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San Diego, CA, updated 12/22/10

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View "Snowbirding 101" or Our first trip South for the winter on jcsc's travel map.

San Diego is the place everyone knows. Actually our new resort, Oak Creek RV Resort, is located in El Cajon. Instead of 1000+ sites as in last week's resort, we have only 121 sites here. Our resort is just north of hwy 8, the main hway to Yuma, AZ. We have a drive of about 12 miles to get to San Diego. We plan on going there throughout the week to see the zoo, Sea World, etc.

It's been a long time since I have been here to San Diego and are there ever changes. Even though all I saw were freeways today, the changes were very evident. Whereas once there was a little 2 lane "suicide" road down here, now there are a multiple ways to get here. On hwy 215, or was it 15 (?) I counted 7 lanes going my way.....and they were all being used. There are houses and towns all the way down here. It's like a new country for me to discover.

We do have wifi at this resort. So I am trying to get caught up. Hopefully, I will be able to down load some pix from Hemet. More later. - jc

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The last two days have been very busy ones for us. Yesterday, we went to Sea World and today we went to the San Diego zoo. Our day at Sea World was hot, fun, entertaining, tiring, and expensive. I don’t know the exact temperature but it was well over 80 degrees. Since it wasn’t the weekend, the attendance was very low (a good thing for us). We scheduled our way around the park by the show times. Each show was interesting and fun to watch. We were quite tired when the day was over and we asked “Tom” take us back to our “home”. And, yes, the daily ticket price is (hold on to your wallet) $70 per adult and $12 to park! Today’s day at the zoo was cool, educational, fun, tiring, and not as expensive. I started out the day the same way I started yesterday with a T-shirt and shorts. The weather changed during the day with a marine layer drifting in. The heavy foliage in much of the park allowed only a small amount of sun to warm us. Most of the animal exhibits were very well designed and looked like the animals were living in their native habitat. We had a good time trying to get to as much of the park as possible by foot, double-decker bus, or skyway. And the adult entry price was $40 and no parking fee. It was a very full day again and we will sleep well tonight. Tomorrow, Wild animal Safari in Escondido....if we wake up!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
(written on 12-22-10) Our trip to the Wild Aniaml Park was very, very fun. Since it was an overcast day and the middle of the week, we had very few fellow zoo watchers there with us. We did the tram ride first and it was very worth while. The driver was very knowledgable about the park and it's inhabitants. She had worked there for 26 years and gave a great discription of all that we saw. The park was originally made to rescue endangered animals of the world and give them a safe place to regenerate more of the same. It is amazing the success that they have had on their 1800 acres. The park is meant to be a learning center and not another Disneyland w/ rides everywhere ( although they did have a zipline that seemed to go forever!). The day was cool enought that we were able to see and photograph many of the animals not ween on hot days. This is a worthwhile place to see.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
We stayed around "camp" (ha) today. We did the laundry and also did some grocery shopping. I also found a hidden lake just behind where our resort was. I was very excited to find such a place so close to so many people, and you can camp there. This will be a place for us if we come to SD again w/ an RV.

Friday and Saturday, December 17 & 18, 2010
I wanted to see some of the SD coastline again. It has been so many years since I visited that area. So we started at the Coronado Hotel and worked our way north. We stopped at little beach towns, UCSD and Scripps College, Torrey Pines, and enjoyed to partial days of rediscovery. My personal feelings are that this is a very beautiful area and everyone else thinks so too. I have gotten tired of traffic and freeways......

Posted by jcsc 18:16

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