Since the hotel we stayed at was convenient to public transportation we opted to ride bus and trolley to our destinations rather then renting a car and driving. We discovered San Diego is very "green". Their buses run on natural gas and the trolleys are electric.
|The electric trolleys were mostly red, but occasionally one like this would roll by. I think this one was advertising a bar-b-que place.|
The science museum was a big hit with all the "hands on" exhibits.
The tiles in the garden fountains show designs that would make beautiful quilts!
And I enjoyed the sculptured facades on many of the buildings.
There was a bird rescue group set up with several different birds available for adoption to the right family. This little guy climbed up and helped himself to a free lunch while the girl was talking about the birds. She was totally clueless, so I asked her what that furry tailed bird was. She looked puzzled, turned around and said... Oh my! LOL!
The flowers located in the gardens were awesome. I especially loved the orchids in the tropical garden area.
We spent one day exploring the San Diego Zoo. We started with the guided tour bus to see the different areas of this 120 acre zoo and decide where we wanted to spend our time. We walked through some of the front areas and then took the sky rail to the back to see the polar bears, pandas and African section.
One of the park guides mentioned that on his first day working at the zoo a complete set of whale bones was found while excavating for a new section of the park. Several of the plaques near the live animals displayed information about extinct relatives. The fake bones interested Matthew so the next day we went back to Balboa Park and the Natural History Museum to see and learn more about bones and ancient animals.
It was a busy, fun filled four days and we are now home and back to work. Hubby says next year's conference is in Jacksonville, FL.... I hope we can tag along on that trip and do more exploring!