The Trip – Day 8

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Barb and I got up at 6 a.m. No alarm, we just woke up at that time. Breakfast at the Keating House runs from 8 a.m. till 10. You can meander down to the dining room any time during those two hours and your breakfast will be ready for you. Our breakfast consisted of coffee, juice, fresh fruit, a tasty quiche, and delicious homemade bread which is made by Ben and Doug right here. We met another couple at the table this morning. They’re from Troy, Ohio, and are visiting their daughter here in San Diego. The daughter is a public school teacher. The husband, whose name is Zane, is familiar with Fort Wayne because, being a musician, he’s visited Sweetwater Sound many times. Zane plays a guitar. Sorry Zane’s wife, I don’t recall your name but you’re a very pleasant person and are fun to talk to. I’ll try to catch it tomorrow.

After our pleasant visit at the table with the Buckeyes, we loaded a backpack with snacks and water and walked to Balboa Park. We saw many people and dogs at a dog park close to Balboa. A number of people were training dogs on the sidewalk and at traffic signals. We also noticed lots of people jogging.

California condors

California condors

Few people we spotted on the sidewalks coming and going made eye contact with us. That’s OK. We understand that customs vary from one place to another. This didn’t keep me from striking up a conversation from time to time.

We picked up some maps from the visitors’ center in the park as well as two coupons for $5 off a day ticket at the zoo. We carried the coupons to the zoo entrance and paid $43 per ticket instead of the usual $48. No senior discounts. You can buy a ticket in the morning, leave the zoo, and return later if you request a wrist band identifier.

The San Diego Zoo is large. It has over 3,700 animals on 100 acres of land. If I were running the place, I would consider reworking the map that is offered to visitors and attempt to make it easy to understand. The map we were given does not, as far as I can tell, contain a north arrow. I NEED A NORTH ARROW ON A MAP. We spotted many people besides ourselves squinting at and rotating their maps (identical to ours) in vain attempts to understand where they were and which direction to proceed.

Panda having lunch. Like some humans, Pandas spend up to 16 hours per day eating. The difference is that they eat bamboo. Try once eating bamboo for 16 hours.

Panda having lunch. Like some humans, Pandas spend up to 16 hours per day eating. The difference is that they eat bamboo. Try once eating bamboo for 16 hours.

At any rate, with some difficulty (and with no thanks to the zoo’s mapmaker) we were able to make our way along almost every thoroughfare and visited each exhibit we considered important. We arrived at the entrance

Elephant manicure. Shortly after I shot this, the elephant switched feet on the manicurist, who wasn't finished with the job. The elephant was somehow instructed to put the right rear foot back into the foot hole.

Elephant manicure. Shortly after I shot this, the elephant switched feet on the manicurist, who wasn’t finished with the job. The elephant was somehow instructed to put the right rear foot back into the foot hole.

at 10 a.m. and walked out at about 5:30 p.m. We were on our feet the entire time except for a few minutes while we ate lunch. Our feet were abused and our legs were overworked but we made it through the day.

We were pretty well spent after leaving the zoo, so we stopped at a Starbucks on the way back to the B & B and drank our coffee sitting at a sidewalk table. After getting caffeined, we walked past a pizza joint (called Pizzicato) and, looking in the window hungrily, found it a very interesting. We returned to our room, got cleaned up, and walked back to Pizzicato. We split a small salad and then split two slices of pizza. Each slice was unique unto itself and each was so tasty and good. I don’t recall what each was called, but it doesn’t matter. When you’ve walked many miles and burned many calories, any pizza will taste just fine.

After supper, we stumbled on sore feet back to the Keating House where we literally crashed into bed.

“What’s up for tomorrow?”

“Something we can do with without using our feet.”

“Sounds good. Let’s go to sleep.”

“Zzzzzzzz.”

Koala. According to Wikipedia, San Diego Zoo has the most koalas outside of Australia.

Koala. According to Wikipedia, San Diego Zoo has the most koalas outside of Australia.

 

 

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