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Sunday, November 12, 2017

San Diego Adventures, Part 3

Hello and happy Sunday! Today I'm sharing Part 3 of our San Diego trip. You can view Part 1 here and Part 2 here if you missed them. 

We left off watching the sunset by the cliffs. After that, we went back downtown to find a place to eat dinner. We decided to go to the Gaslamp Quarter, but ended up finding a place a street or two over from all the hustle and bustle of the main street there, so it was a little quieter.

It was a pretty cute place called Half Door Brewing Co. The second floor patio was closed for the night, so we ate in the front patio area, which was nice and quiet.

We just got some appetizers and drinks, but it was enough to fill us up. 

The next day was our last full day in San Diego. It was also the hottest, with a high of about 94 degrees that day, at the end of October.

I snapped a few photos of the hotel grounds before we left. We stayed at the Town and Country resort, and it had a little bit of a retro vibe. We were in an older part of the hotel, and our room had a balcony with a view of the pool below.

With each day, literally more and more pool floaties appeared in the pool. Maybe because it kept getting hotter?

There were other quirky things about the hotel too, like some flamingos gracing the lawn, and some oversized rubber duckies in the fountain.

For lunch we decided to go down to the North Park area, which we thought felt like a more young/ hip area of town. Right across from one of our bus stops was this awesome mural.

We ate at a little place called Underbelly, which had a completely open dining area. They had ramen and rice bowls, and I got to pretend like I knew how to use chopsticks.

Then we sampled a few brews at the Modern Times Tasting Room next door. They had the most unique decor of all of the places we had been so far. My favorite part was the huge mural on the wall made of floppy disks.

The ceiling was also covered in upside down lampshades everywhere. It was definitely unique!

We decided to go to the San Diego Zoo in the afternoon, and we couldn't have picked a hotter day for it. The walk itself to the zoo was a little torturous, but we finally made it!

It was like heaven's gates were opening when we finally got to the zoo entrance. Haha.

The zoo was probably one of the largest zoos we've ever been to. At $50 a person, we wished we would have had more time to walk around, see all of the animals, and really get our money's worth. If you have kids though, it's probably worth it. Just plan to spend a whole day there if you really want to see it all - It is big!

We also found it hard to navigate, so we just kind of winged it! I thought they had giraffes there, but I was disappointed because we didn't see any. I don't know whether we missed them, or they were hiding. Not sure!

We did see elephants, pandas, and penguins, though. Those were some of my favorites!

There was also some pretty cool scenery around the zoo, too, like this waterfall:

And you can't forget the zebras!

At the end of the day, we rode a skylift ride back to the beginning of the zoo.

You could see downtown San Diego, and the bridge that we had walked across to get to Balboa park.

Some all around pretty views from above the trees.

Even from our bus stop going back, you could see the faint view of mountains in the distance.

We decided to eat dinner back at Seaport Village again. We walked along the bay, and ended up finding a little pizza place with a view of the sun setting over the ocean.

It was our last night in San Diego, so we took it all in for the last time!

The views were gorgeous of course.

Nothing like eating pizza and drinking wine outside on a patio, with a view like this to end your trip.

We saw the ships all lit up at night, too, which was pretty cool.

It was a nice night to end our visit in San Diego.

We had a couple of early flights back home the next morning, and we watched the sunrise from our plane above the clouds.

Even though it was fun to explore a new city together, it was really nice to be back home again in the end. :)

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