Debbie told me that I must go on a whale watching trip, so off I went. I was just thinking "there are no whales out here" when up came a back and then this beautiful humpback came out of the water!
Lots of pictures with this one.
Debbie, Bobby and the kids had come to San Diego last year and were really impressed with the city. I must echo their opinion. San Diego is the eighth largest city in the U.S. I have been to the zoo, the mission, and on a whale watching cruise and can honestly say that I have never sat in traffic! Their highway system takes a person right where you want to be. I have really enjoyed this visit. The icing on the cake was a visit to the San Diego Wild Animal Park which is about 16 miles from the Ramona Canyon Resort where I was staying. The Park was established as a research facility but has developed into a safari adventure park. The animals are not enclosed by fences, areas have been created where hundreds of animals that are not a threat to each other can roam together. It has been established that breeding programmes are more successful when animals are facilitated in as close to their natural environment as possible.
Ike is now 3 years old and has visited most of the U.S. States and three Canadian Provinces. He's a great little companion, is super friendly to man and beast, he never yaps, and loves to play.... full info
Polar BearsThis exhibit was really lovely. Very spacious
San Diego Mission de AlcalaThis Mission established on July 16th 1769 was the first in California. San Diego was the first European settlement on the Pacific West Coast.
Father Junipero Serra Juan ViscaninoThis little man (5'2") became a priest at 19 He was born in Majorca, came to the "New World" at 39 and established 9 missions here in California
Old Town San DiegoThis area has been preserved and now hosts an array of shops in the renovated original buildings
ColourfulThe Mexicans are known for their colourful pottery and blankets
PresidioThis is the most intact archealogical site in California. One of things that impresses visitors most is the fact that no matter how hot it gets the inside of these adobe homes is always cool
Sn Diego Wildlife ParkThe park is kept in as natural a state as possible. I saw this cactus and thought "I just wouldn't want to be thrown off a horse into that."
Lions DenThe lion has two lionesses to keep him happy and a huge area in which to stretch his legs.
Gorilla ExhibitThere were six silver back gorillas in this huge exhibit. One big male, his grandson, his mother and three females.
MeTaken at the San Diego Wildlife Park by my friend who lives in Escondido and with whom I went
Queen CalifaThis little park is just a couple of miles from the Wildlife park and is amazing. This excentric artist developed this park entirely by herself. You can see the amount of hours it must have taken to apply all the little tiles that cover the forms.
Orange GroveThis picture was taken entirely for my friend Carole. On my way into Ramona Canyon I saw guys picking the oranges. Can you just imagine my painting?????