Monday, July 24, 2006

SeaWorld Trip

So we drove down to San Diego on Friday for our mini-vacation in early celebration of Cathy's birthday. We stayed at a WorldMark resort (I'd be glad to tell you more) that used to be the Riviera Hotel. Cathy & I stayed on the fifth floor. We caught the trolley down to the Gaslamp Quarter and enjoyed eating really espensively at Blue Point (overpriced, but great atmosphere and excellent desserts) and then shopped at Z Gallery. I saw a large mirror I liked, but it reminded me of an offering plate! We saw some Hare Krishnas, shopped a bit more and headed back to the hotel on the trolley again.

On Saturday we got up at 7 and got breakfast near Fashion Valley. We went through an owner's update at our resort and received $75 in Amex gift cards for the effort. Cathy and I had lunch at the Old Town Mexican Cafe (hand-made tortillas!)

We then went to SeaWorld. A coworker had loaned me a wheelchair for me to push cathy around, so we got pretty good seats with almost no waiting at every attraction we went to. We saw Balouga Whales, a Polar Bear, Magellan Penguines, and Puffins. We watched the Pets Rule show, and that was really cool! Naturally, we saw the dolphins, which are amazing cute. I got a good picture of a very high jump. I am amazed at how powerful and graceful dolphins are. Cathy & I then saw the Sea Lions and Sea Otters, Manatees, and Sharks before hitting the Cirque de la Mar show. Then we got dinner, rode the skyride and the tower before watching the closing fireworks. We finally left at 10:00 PM!

On Sunday, we packed up and had breakfast at the Hilton, where we met Joe & Dotty; they own a comic shop in Santa Cruz. Joe & Dotty were in San Diego for the Comic Con (I want to go some time) and we had a great conversation!
Then Cathy & I went to Seaport Village where she bought another kite. The wind was relatively weak, but we were able to get the kite up pretty high before the wind died comletely.

After Seaport Village, we met up with family for icecream, dinner and miniature golf. We got home just before midnight, and I am glad to see my kitties again!

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