Here's our rental for the time we're here til we get to San Fran. It's a little Jeep Patriot.
Paul has a first cousin who lives here so she and her husband met us for breakfast at The Waffle Spot at the hotel. Her dad was stationed here while in the Navy and retired out here. He and Paul's dad were brothers. Paul said they would visit Louisiana every summer. It was great to meet Lee Ann and her husband John.
John and Michael hit it off and had a fun time joking around. John plays the harmonica among other instruments and is known as Harmonica John Frazer. He brought us a couple of CDs of his music and we've enjoyed listening to them in the car on the road. Michael is interested in the harmonica and drums which John also plays so we teased about sending his out to CA for the summer to learn from him.
We enjoyed the zoo. Started off doing the guided bus tour. Nice overview of the layout. It's a big zoo which covers a lot of area as you can see from this map.
Then we set off on foot to explore some more. Saw some interesting things like this snake necked turtle...strange.
We also did the aerial tram which provided a great view.
When we left the zoo we stopped by La Jolla on our way north. It's a neat little area of San Diego and the La Jolla Cove is especially cool. We introduced the kids to gelato and then headed down to the water.
The Pacific Ocean is gorgeous. The beaches are rocky and different from the gulf coast white sand beaches where I grew up going. But it's stunning in its own right.