San Diego, California: Children wake very early, so we were down the (included with our room rate) breakfast buffet at 8a. A lovely spread, with separate areas for fruits, pastries and cereals, and a line of the usual potatoes, eggs, sausages (chicken!). The buffet also included a fancy omelet station and (yet to be noticed by Leo and Lucy) a candy section. Servers brought us coffee and juices. Very nice and a good way to start our day and fuel us for a day at the San Diego Zoo.
We did not see 100% of the zoo. This would be an impossible feat on a normal day (without children), but we did a good job. I didn't photograph many animals as they are not displayed in very nature situations. The zoo is in transition, with a massive new African area under construction (photo below) and many animals are not in their usual pens or are off-display altogether.
For one example, the hyenas! It would have been very helpful if this information would have been provided on the zoo website. When I asked, I was told the "situation changes too often to make the website updates"... really?
We had a blast anyway and will see hyenas at the Wild Animal Park later this week. Leo was a trooper about this development. (I really was a bit surprised, but he took the disappointing development in stride.)
Photos, and captions, of our day
Visitors are helped with buses, sky trams and stroller-friendly escalators. Leo loved this. Monkeys posing with Apes We were lucky enough to see a group of gorillas up-close - including a hitch-hiking baby. The weather really cooperated - 72 degrees. Perfect temperature and plenty of shady spots to have a rest. There were also many, many spots for kids to climb on statues of animals for photos ops with camera-toting grandparents. We took the sky-high gondola tram round trip. It leaves from the front entrance of the zoo area to the North American animal area. The gondola ride gave us a good view of the construction area. Eight acres are being redeveloped. We want to come back after it is finished.
There was a stroll through the gift shop and then back to the hotel for time in the swimming pool. We walked to a nearby restaurant for dinner and then we introduced our grandchildren to the miracle of room service dessert.Dessert may have been followed by a "no more monkeys jumping on the bed" wrestle + dance fest.
Until my next update, I remain, your zoological correspondent.