September 3rd

We slept like logs, but woke up on Texas time. That meant G was up at 5:30 AM in California. But, we decided to make the best of it. We hit the nearby Starbucks, then took a morning stroll down to the waterfront.


We explored the waterfront area as the sun came up. It was glorious.


We walked back to our hotel and met up with John’s parents for breakfast at Grant Grill. George devoured pancakes and chicken sausage, while the rest of us enjoyed typical breakfast fare – eggs, toast, bacon, fruit, etc. The service was excellent and the restaurant had a great vibe.


After we got ready, we made our way to the San Diego Zoo for a great few hours of exploring. Since we planned to extend our Zoo visit to two days, we planned to take things easy and deliberately.

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On this day, our favorite animals were the flamingos, hippos, monkeys, zebras, elephants, lions, tigers, and polar bears.


The habitats of these animals are gorgeous and very natural.


We really enjoyed walking around and exploring everything.


We stopped for lunch at the Sabertooth Grill and had typical Zoo fare – cheeseburgers, chicken strips, fries, fruit and drinks.


Before we left, my mother-in-law insisted on taking George into the kid’s store for a “treat.” He walked away with a great new truck from Grandma and a book from Mom and Dad.

After taking Uber back to our hotel, we all took glorious afternoon naps. George and I were out for a solid 2.5 hours. After our naps, we played for a bit before walking to Little Italy for dinner. We had dinner reservations at Ironside, a great restaurant that specializes in fish and oysters.


We had a tremendous experience. My in-laws and I had the house specialty (fish and chips), and John had the halibut. George had some pasta and shared some of my meal. The service was great, despite the fact the place was jam-packed with folks. Afterwards, we walked back to our hotel and grabbed dessert at Sloane’s, a homemade ice cream shop. The ice cream was so creamy and rich. I had the Cookie Monster flavor in a chocolate-dipped cone with sprinkles. So good!


After we were pumped full of sugar, we retreated to the hotel for bath and bed time.

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