We had the perfect plan for both Wednesday and Thursday: Sea World in the morning and then the beach all afternoon. It couldn't have worked out better. The mornings are quite cool, with low clouds. But by about noon the clouds finally give way and the sun shines out. So it was great to be at Sea World in the morning (we were chilly both mornings for the first 1/2 hour or so) and then enjoy the beach with the sunshine.
On Wednesday morning we went to Sea World and saw the "Antarctic Exhibit" and then 2 shows: Dolphins and Shamu. I loved the penguins - there were several different kinds there. Then the birds were so neat, too - puffins and terns, I think? They would dive underwater and swim so speedily - like bird bullets. It was incredible to me! The shows were fun to watch - especially since we did not sit in the soak-zones.
Then after Sea World we were off to the beach. I had read about Coronado Island (not really an island but a peninsula) and we decided to go there. It was so nice! Just clean and nice. Gorgeous homes and hotels. And a beach that is sparkly gold, no joke. (The sparkly gold comes from the mineral mica, I just read.) It was breezy and a little chilly, but we all got used to it sooner or later. There were also some neat tide pool rocks and we saw dozens of tiny hermit crabs crawling around and anemones, etc. The boys really had fun at that spot for quite some time.
FHE on Monday we kind of just did a "review" of our trip. We showed the kids all the pictures we had taken and handed out some "awards." Lucy's award was "Best Excited Screams at the Beach-Waves." See, this picture is total proof! :) Oh, we also did this treat for FHE: sand pudding. It turned out great; in fact, it was so great that Lucy started crying because she didn't want to eat sand! Ha.
So Thursday was very similar to Wednesday - Sea World in the morning and beach in the afternoon. We checked out a few of the exhibits at Sea World: Antarctic again, Turtle Reef, Sharks, the Arctic (including Beluga whales, a Polar bear, and walruses). Everything was just splendid. We also did a few rides there, too. There was this one section, Sesame Bay of Play, in which Lucy could ride all three of the rides - accompanied by an adult. It was perfect and Lucy exclaimed, "I am big now!" Awwwww.
Then it was to the beach! We tried Pacific Beach but it was just too . . . something. Too rowdy, if that makes sense. It was more crowded, more dirty, more grungy. So Ben was definitely opposed to it and it didn't matter much to me, so we decided to go back to Torrey Pines State Park. I knew we could play at the beach on the other side of the tide pool rock - hardly anyone was there last time and it's just cool. So we parked at the top and hiked down to the beach. And who did we pass on the way?! Mitt Romney. Yes way. Ha, I didn't even notice him, though. Ben did. I did notice his wife and son, though. So that was pretty cool.
When we walked down the final steps to the beach, right there at the bottom, was a rock. And guess what was on the rock?! JONAS' SHOES? NOPE! EMMY'S SHOES! Ha, here is the rest of the shoe-story. I had to do it in CAPS because I've been leading up to it in my previous post and I am now not sure it will live up to its suspense. :) But the funny thing is: we never knew Emmy left her shoes at the beach. Ha. We had gotten her new crocs at Legoland and she had worn those the past few days and so we never even bothered to find her other tennis shoes. And apparently we didn't notice after our hike on Monday that she was shoeless. Awesome. We never did find Jonas' shoes.
The beach spot was perfect. No one there long-term (nice term, huh?) except for us.
An endless supply of sand is not a bad thing at all.
And just for fun I'll mention the other "awards" given for our trip:
Ben - Best and Most Handsome Chauffeur
Miles - Best Rice Cake-Bag Retriever
Story behind this one: While at the beach on Thursday a seagull came over to our stuff and grabbed our bag of rice cakes. I wasn't too worried about not having our rice cakes, but I didn't want the bird to have that plastic bag because . . . well, you know, plastic is dangerous. But I didn't really do anything about it because it was a Bird! But Miles, on his own, just ran right after that bird, got really close to it, and the bird dropped the bag. Ha! It was very cool.
Miles (yes, he got 2) - Best Over-All
Miles was really a great kid on this trip. Hardly a complaint - if any at all. He never even complained on any of our long car-rides. He's a pretty neat kid.
Jonas - Best and Faster Easter
Man he chowed down his dinner like way super fast. Then wanted more. We don't know where he hides all that food he eats!
Emmy - Best Beach-Gymnast
See above picture. :)
Me - I didn't get one because I created all the awards. Moms always get the shaft. :)
We had a great time and we're all sad, in a way, to have to come home to regular life. It doesn't help when it snows 5 inches and was 18 degrees this morning! Sigh.
I hope we can do a similar trip again . . . someday.