|Letter from San Diego
||Monday | 10 April 2017
Spring Break in San Diego
San Diego, California:
Dave and I drove the Jeep to Julian this afternoon. We wanted a slice of pie.
With ice cream. (100 miles is a long way to drive for a
slice of pie.) As long as we had driven all the way to Julian, we keep
driving southwest and found ourselves in San Diego. At 5p, we checked into a
hotel on the bay and found a few agreeable folks on the other side of the door
of our adjoining rooms - Lisa, Leo and Lucy!
Los Angeles schools are closed this week for Spring Break. Leo had a week from
school, so we long-ago decided to visit the San Diego Zoo. Last-minute
business (aka WORK!) kept Lenny at home (with Reese), so our family consists of
only five this week.
Leo's first Spring Break. Gosh, it has been a really, really, really long time
since I have been on Spring Break. I am happy to report my bikini + beach
bingo days are long past... but finally taking Leo to see hyenas at the
zoo will be
more fun than a kegger in Cabo a huge thrill. Leo is obsessed with hyenas.
After getting settled at the hotel, we took a walk along the marina in
Seaport Village - a
collection of shops and restaurants. A very dangerous place to bring children -
too many candy stores, toy shops, ice cream vendors and kite stores to tempt those
We let the kids burn-off a little energy running around the
park at the marina and decided on a fish-slash-sushi restaurant near the
hotel, Sally's Fish
House. The restaurant was on the bay, with great views to the yachts in
the marina. We were able to dine outdoors on the patio and the staff were
super hospitable with the kids - giving them crayons, coloring books, "cheater"
Dave and I had brought Lucy and Leo stuffed animals from our trip to Arizona
last week (okay, so we bought the toys at the hotel gift shop in Phoenix... we
were busy... something about a basketball game). They
loved their new friends.
A fox for Leo and an owl for Lucy.
(Lucy loves owls, but hyena stuffed animals are rarely
available in hotel gift shops.)
Leo - per usual - wanted something chocolate for dessert. When his
"chocolate covered brownie" was delivered the server suggested I take a
video of the presentation. What?
After the hot caramel sauce was poured over the chocolate dome, it cracked-open
like an egg shell, revealing a scoop of vanilla ice cream inside. Amazing!
NOTE TO BRENT & CRYSTAL: No, I will not be attempting this recipe.
Leo was up past his bedtime tonight.
Until my next update, I remain, your "excited about the zoo tomorrow" correspondent.
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