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San Diego Christmas

Anna Edgren • January 5, 2016

Growing up in Michigan means a warm Christmas is always a little unsettling. The nostalgia factor is missing. That being said, palm trees and sunshine are hard to frown beneath, so I will keep my whining about no white Christmas to a minimum.  We had a great Christmas in San Diego, where my parents were nice enough to fly out and visit for a week. 

You may be aware that I LOVE animals of all colors and shapes – I find them fascinating and magical. San Diego is a great city for animals because of the world-famous San Diego Zoo. We went to the zoo and it did not disappoint. Extremely well-done with lots of great animals to see. Seeing someone else’s pictures of animals in a zoo is never particularly riveting – BUT – there are a few I just have to share. 

This guy was giving everyone the stink-eye left and right. 

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We saw a baby gorilla riding on it’s mother’s back (AWWWW!) 

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And we saw these freaky deer things which you will be hard pressed to convince me are really from this planet.

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My mom and I took a trip to the San Diego Safari Park as well. It was also reminiscent of the Flintstones era in the best way.

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In the safari park they have herds of animals mingling together as they would in the wild (minus the lions…). We saw more giraffes. 

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We saw a little baby rhino nursing (aww!)

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And had a grand time riding on the safari tram. 

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We also got to see these fruit bats, who were HUGE, like the size of squirrels but with a wing span that can get up to 3 feet across.  

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And somehow within the 10 minute span in which we were present, we were lucky enough (unlucky enough…?) to see both 1) a pair of bats having sex and 2) a bat furiously sucking on it’s own you-know-what. It was horrifying. Bats are kinky it turns out.

ANYWAY….  Moving on.

We also went to La Jolla Cove, which is a must-see for anyone in the La Jolla area if you like animals, because they have many many seals there being their glorious selves. We were graced by the presence of this fabulous seal:

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And I took some selfies with the parents.

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We also got to go to the USS Midway, a Navy aircraft carrier that was decommissioned in 1992 and now serves as a museum in the San Diego harbor.  This is one of those activities that I never would have picked out myself, but I am so glad we got to see. It was absolutely fascinating to see how essentially an entire city lived on this ship – the infrastructure, the logistics, the engineering – completely astounding.  The laundry room alone blew my mind, nevermind the flight deck covered in awesome airplanes. 

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 We also found the hero our cat (Rajah) deserves: 

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Mom got to spend some time behind bars:

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And on Christmas day, we went to see the new Star Wars movie, and then had a traditional Christmas feast. 

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I would also like to note that Kelly and Max got some Christmas cuddle time in. 

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After Xmas, we set off for the desert again to meet an awesome group of RVers for New Years in the Anza-Borrego Desert. More on that next!

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Anna Edgren • January 5, 2016

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