Sunday, July 12, 2009

San Diego and Los Angeles 2

My second full day in San Diego, I went to the Wild Animal Park.  For those who don’t know about this park, it is associated with the San Diego Zoo, but is a bit different.  They have about 1800 acres so they have room for the animals to roam.  They have a “Journey wild animal park 1into Africa tour” that I like.  I did it early in the morning as I feel that the animals are a bit more active then and you have a better chance of seeing them.  While not a great picture, it shows several different animals and that the animals roam freely.  They also have other zoo like exhibits.  I asked about the SUV in the picture below and they replied that in Africa on safaris, you often see old abandoned cars and the lions like them.  That seems to be true of this SUV, I watched a male and female lion get in and out of it.

wild animal park lion in suv

wild animal park 3 gorilla







After the walking so much at the Wild Animal park and the San LaJolla Diego Zoo, I thought I would take it easy the next day.  I went to La Jolla and ended up walking about 2 hours on their path at the beach.

After leaving San Diego, I drove back to Montclair and picked up my RV.  It looks great, just like new. 

Yesterday morning I went to Will Rogers State Park, where there is a 20 mile Bike path (Marvin Braude Bikeway),  mostly on the beach.  I ended up riding my bike about 15 miles, seeing Venice Beach, the Santa Monica pier and “muscle beach” along with other interesting things.  Since I rode very early in the morning, I missed some of the interesting characters that frequent Venice Beach.  But I saw a few! I also ran into a Volleyball tournament not far from the park, which I ended up watching for a while.  When I got to the beach, it was very pretty – blue sky.  There was a strip of dark “stuff” over the ocean, which I assumed was LA smog.  I was wrong.  It didn’t move to fast, but then it seemed like all of a sudden everything was covered with Ocean fog.  In the picture below you can see the fog out over the ocean, then in the volleyball picture you can see no blue sky at all. 


beach vb tourney


  1. WOW! Pam... I am so jealous. That beach is beautiful..Makes me wanna go play some volleyball!
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  2. Hi Pam, it's Nowell. Before I moved to Georgia in 2006 I lived right next to the Santa Monica pier. It was walking distance from my house. The fog you mention the locals call it the marine layer.

    We moved to Santa Monica to avoid smog. Air is nice there.