California – San Diego

San Diego

San Diego Zoo
We used a LivingSocial coupon to purchase a discounted ticket to the San Diego Safari Zoo, which was about 30 minutes outside of the city. This zoo held all animals you would expect to see in an African Safari. One of the coolest things we saw was a cheetah race where the Cheetah chased a stuffed bunny rabbit to get a treat in the end running over 60 miles per hour. They had an excursion where you can play with the baby cheetahs; if I would have known before, I definitely would have purchased this. They also have an excursion where you can ride around in a car, and feed the wild animals such as giraffes, zebra, and rhinos. Another really cool exhibit was the tigers change, where they have glass walls, and the tigers can come right up to the glass next to you. This zoo was incredible, and I would be interested in visiting the famous San Diego Zoo downtown.

Gaslamp
The Gaslamp District is a fun area in San Diego where a lot of younger people hang out because it is filled with restaurants and bars. Mike and I went to this really unique speakeasy where they had a live band, and they were playing some swanky songs. There was no menu, and mixologist made us our very first drinks with egg whites. I told him I like fruity drinks, and he used all the fresh ingredients and spices he has, and whipped up something for me. I was really nervous at first, but it actually tasted amazing. This was the beginning of Mike and my obsession with Mixology bars.

Navy Base
San Diego has one of the largest Navy bases that people are allowed to tour. Mike and I walked down towards it during a sunset one night. If I ever go back to SD, I would like to take a tour of the base.

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Legoland
On our drive from San Diego to Disneyland, we passed a sign that said Legoland, and we decided to get off the highway and check it out. Legoland consists of a massive resort, a water park, and an aquarium they are all built, or look like they are built out of Legos. I have never seen so many excited happy little kids (until later in the day when we were at Disneyland). We bought tickets to the aquarium, and it was one of the coolest aquariums I’ve been to. They had a lot of interactive features for all of the kids, and many cute Lego sculptures.

Carlsbad Outlets
After Legoland, we hopped back on the highway, then got off in Carlsbad because Mike wanted some Starbucks. We happened to stop at a massive outlet mall. I told him I wanted to go into Kate Spade just to look, and I ended up walking out with a new purse.

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Disneyland
It’s a small world after all. When we got to Disney, we had already had a long weekend, but decided to pursue the adventure. They Hadoop of the classic rides that you see in the movies. By the late afternoon, my feet were killing me. Mike and I both bought and wore Minnie slippers the rest of the day, like the ones Gloria wore in Modern Family; they were actually so comfortable. People kept laughing and pointing at our slippers, but I think they were just jealous ;). We got our picture taken with Mickey, and of course Goofy since he was my favorite growing up. I felt like a happy little kid again all day, and I loved it.

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