finally. the day was here. the grandlidboms arrived in san diego. we woke up, ate a quick breakfast, and then headed out the door to meet them at the birch aquarium. we had our happy greetings and then started exploring…
while the whole place was pretty educational, the first bit that we walked around in was extra educational. it was full of displays and exhibits full of info about oceans and reefs and such. at the diving section, anna was the only lidkid willing to try out a sweet scuba suit.
after the shark feeding (which was a bit of a bust), we headed over to explore in they way cooler part, with tanks full of colorful and strange sea creatures. like this guy poking his head out of a hole.
after the aquarium, we grabbed a quick lunch and then made our way to the soledad memorial, which was high on derek’s dad’s list. (he grew up in san diego, so he had several spots he wanted to show off). it sits high up on a hill, giving a great view of the pacific ocean on one side and san diego on the other.
grandlidbom photo at the top of the memorial. there are rings of walls as you come down the memorial, filled with biographies of thousands of veterans. and of course, i didn’t get a picture of that. :/
a good amount of time has passed since we were last in an area with tide pools, probably acadia in maine, which was well over a year ago. so, it took anna a good amount of time to work up the nerve to touch any sea creatures. of course, isaac took this as a great opportunity to one up his sister and bravely reached in to touch an anemone and gain bragging rights for the day.
derek stayed out with her, while she alternated between working up the nerve to touch one and then breaking down because she was afraid. she never did get over the hump on this trip. but they saw a lot of cool stuff and had fun.
the view of the little cove-ish area wasn’t too bad either. i guess, when this area isn’t locked down to protect seals, it’s a gentle little beach area for kiddos, where derek’s dad would have gone with his mom as a youngster.
after our beach time, we were still a little ahead of schedule, so we went back to the grandlidbom hotel suite, to get them settled in and research dinner. we settled on a place called lupes tacos, where i felt obligated to order a couple of tacos, even if they wouldn’t let me substitute a flour tortilla for corn.
also. apparently, the “in” thing in the taco world right now is to put french fries inside of burritos. i balked at this arrangement, but then made an impulse decision to order carne asada loaded fries when a server walked passed us carrying them.
anyhoooooo…. this was the end of our super busy first day with of the grandlidbom san diego christmas extravaganza….