Sunday, January 16, 2011

CA Trip

We left these guys in SC to go see...
these guys in CA on Christmas Day. We have never traveled on Christmas in our 40 yrs. of marriage. First time for everything, I guess. lol We could not believe how busy the airports were, staffed with all the personnel on Christmas Day. Kinda sad, actually!
It was the only time we could use our flyer miles and get to CA anywhere near Christmas.We jumped at the chance to be with our daughter and grandchildren out there.

After celebrating that weekend. We left Monday for a Safari! That's right--all the way to San Diego. lol The kids were so excited to spend two days in San Diego. Tuesday we went to Sea World. (That's for another post).
California had been having major rains and flooding right before we visited.
We were so fortunate that the rains and flooding had stopped and the parks were re-opened.

There were so many animals to see and sooo little time to get it all in...but we did our best! lol
This trainer brought out a Cheetah for the audience to see. They can run 60 to 70 miles per hour for a very short period. They are the fastest animals alive. I would not want one chasing me.

Emma got a little too close for comfort for this pic. Only a small split rail fence divided them.

This is the largest hawk in the world and comes from Africa. It flew right over the audience and landed on her arm.

We boarded a tram to head out into the bush, so to speak. lol

They actually let these Lions have use of this vehicle. lol

Animals were roaming everywhere.

The scenery was very pretty for a desert.

King of the jungle here.
This is a rare breed named Olivia. How did she sneak in there. lol

This is a Zebra, like no other I've seen before. It's a certain kind from Africa. Looks like it's crossed with some other animal but it's not. Someone forgot to paint the rest of him. lol
Did you know when they are born they are a solid color and the stripes come later? Who knew?

Look at the long neck and legs on these deer.

Two Homosapiens---Emma and Olivia. One of a kind! They're so cute!

Here they are again with their wings spread wide.

We had so much fun with them. Don't they look happy!

Thanks for letting me share so many pictures with you! I hope you weren't bored too much!
I'll be around to see what's happening in your neck of the woods!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

It does look like fun! I gotta go there one day...along with every where else I want to go!!!! Hmm, I will have to live to be 200 to get it all done!!

Sharing Shadymont said...

What great fun!! Beautiful family!

Sue said...

These photos are beautiful Rose, and the faces show just how much fun you all had. There is always a first, and Yours was wonderful. You have a beautiful family,,
Thanks for stopping by, and saying Hi,
Hugs, Sue

Liz said...

What a fun trip and great pictures. I used to leave rather close to the Wild Animal Park, so your pictures brought back a lot of great memories! Thanks for sharing! XOXO ~Liz

P.S. Thank you for the sweet comment on my floral post! *smile*

Shelia said...

I can surely tell y'all had lots of fun! Love those sweet little smiling faces. You do have a lovely family and how cute to see them all having such a great time! Love seeing all of the animals! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What great pics, not bored at all!
I love this post!
It looks like an amazing trip and your grandkids are so adorable as well!
those shots of the animals are just the best!

Yolanda said...

I bet you had the best time. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Jennifer said...

Oh, that does look like so much fun!! I just making a longer and longer list of the reasons I need - er, want! - to visit California! So glad you had a great trip....and I honestly thought the airports would be empty (or close to it) on Christmas day. Who knew. And, I loved all your pictures - never bored. Have a wonderful week!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Looks like you had a fun, wonderful, and long Christmas vacation!

All the kids are growing and so cute!


LDH said...

How fun to see all of the great photos and your dear family! Sweet place you have here!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment!

Kindly. Lorraine

Celestina Marie Designs said...

What a fun time you had in CA. Your pics are awesome. I love San Diego. Looks like you created a memory and Christmas to remember with your precious loved ones.
Hugs from Texas,
Celestina Marie XO