San Diego Zoo

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Today, we had our itinerary set for San Diego Zoo. We woke up around 0730 to have the free continental breakfast with the hotel package. Actually not so bad as I was somewhat expecting. The bagel was a little dry and the 100% fresh orange juice was quite sweet, but everything was pretty good. After calling guest services before breakfast, we got about the time that the bus was supposed to get here to get us downtown.

We saw the 14 bus seconds away from the stop, so we both had to book it across the street to make it. We paid the $1.75 fare and got our transfers. Making it to the Oldtown Trolley Station, we had to transfer to the 30 bus and pay another $0.50, which I think kinda defeats the transfer idea.

..but whatever. So we got downtown and found The Transit Store. We bought the two Day Tripper tickets for $24 ($12 each) for the 3 days. After that we found the bus schedules for San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and the Airport. We went to wait at the bus stop for the 7 bus to the Zoo in front of NBC San Diego. (And I didn't know Washington Mutual came THIS far south...I thought northern California at best...guess we all learn something new, hm?)

We made it to the San Diego Zoo with no probelm. Definitely not like I remember it, but then 15 years ago, I was driving from Barstow, California, with my parents. We entered the Zoo (the 3-Park tickets are an awesome buy, by the way!), took some picture of the flamingos.

Immediately afterwards, I made a beeline to the Reptile Mesa. :) Couple snakes I don't remember being there, and I could have sworn they had a black mamba in their display...guess I was wrong, unless something changed to where they didn't this time around.

We made our way around the park, in no particular order. After finishing the Reptile Mesa area we made our way back, trying to get to the trail that would lead us towards the Polar Bear Plunge attraction. We opted to go for the Tour Bus ride, which took about 40 minutes. We got the quick fly-by of about 70% of the Zoo. After making it back, we made our way around the grounds on foot.

We visited at least 4 aviaries along the way and found the orangutans. There was a woman trying to get her granddaughter to see the "big" one because of where her granddaughter was wouldn't be able to see the little ones.

..or so I presumed. I'd looked to see what she was talking about, but at the angle I was looking at through the glass with LOTS of reflection, I didn't realize what "BIG" referred to. I finally saw the size of the knuckle-walking Sasquatch and Nicole finally noticed it (after it was RIGHT in front of her) and she jumped SO high! I wish I got a picture of THAT! LOL!

Moving along the various exhibits as we came across them, we stopped by Canyon Cafe for lunch and after seeing how much they were for the minute portions you actually got, decided a couple drinks and a couple waters would be good...and still cost $15. Guess I didn't get out of too much, did I??

We took the escaltor up past the hyenas and walked back down the trail to the road that would take us back to the Skyfari entrance.

We took the Skyfari back across the Zoo and went back on foot to the koalas, bats, kangaroos, elephants, camels and meercats. SO cute!

Ending the day at the Zoo, we quickly toured around the gift shops, realizing that if you'd been in one, you've been in all of them. Although the last two (at the entrance/exit) were the biggest ones and had a lot more things to browse through. I wanted to double check on a few snakes that I hadn't been able to see earlier in the day to try to take a picture, but they were still unavailable. *sad* So I didn't get the Bushmaster, cobra, or the Mang Mountain Viper. The mountain viper was quite heavy-bodied though. Much like the Gaboon viper, if anyone's familiar with snakes...or check out the pictures when I get thim posted.

Our ride back wasn't without a little excitement either.

Berger's kangaroo
We took all the routes in reverse and passed the Fashion Valley Transit Station (where we should have gotten off) and kept going on the route. I assumed the bus went back around at the end and would just loop around, making it quite a LONG bus ride. Well, come to find out we were supposed to get off where I'd thought (later, after we'd left) we should have gotten off.

The bus driver dropped us off at a trolley station that would take us back to Fashion Valley where we'd have to take the 14 that ACTUALLY went the direction we needed. The driver's idea was to take it all the way back to Oldtown and take another 14 bus to Fashion Valley, just to transfer back to another 14 going the direction we wanted to go in the first time. But I noticed the trolley (btw, 'trolley' here in San Diego is basically a mini train, not the Rice-A-Roni types you see in San Francisco) stopped at every stop on the trolley line.

Albino Burmese python
So we got off at the Fashion Valley stop. Then found the 14 bus coming in right as we got there. *PERFECT TIMING*

So we used the bus to make our way the last 3 miles to the last stop along that section of the route and walked the last 1/4 mile back to the hotel. All in all, not too bad a day. Definitely beats the hell out of work! But that's nothing that's too hard to do, now is it, Everybody? lol

I'm still tossing out the fuzzy, white-washed or dim photos out of the 400+ pictures, so you'll probably have to be PATIENT! until I get them up. But they'll be up soon enough. Hope you all have been doing well without me...I noticed I haven't gotten a call from work! And here I was still expecting one. lol Course, there's still one more day left. So who knows? haha Off to SeaWorld tomorrow, maybe up to La Jolla. But we'll have to wait and see for that one. Gotta be back to the airport BY 0600 for our 0820 flight back to Spokane.

jamartin39 says:
I loved the zoo when I visited the reptile house was my favorite. I love your pic of the albino python. Did you get to see the Panda's while you were there they day I went they wernt out =(
Posted on: Apr 24, 2008
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