Day 1, Monday's first stop was Legoland. We had been there before but decided that this would be one stop the kids would really enjoy. Especially since they had been talking about LegoLand for the past month. We spent about three hours there before heading off to go kart racing at the Miramar Speed Circuit.
|They had each of the main scenes from the Star Wars movies recreated in Legos.|
|Life size Chewbacca, entirely made out of Legos.|
|This is the closest our kids have been to a school-house this school year.|
Day 2 was all day at SeaWorld. We also spent half of the next day at Seaworld, as we could not get through it all in one day. It was great, there were NO lines for the rides. We saw all the shows and on the first day received a special surprise gift of a one hour "behind the scenes" tour just by being at the right place at the right time when two employees came up behind us and presented us with our tour certificates.
|Mom and a baby (will turn 2 years old on valentines day)|
|Steve, Cindy, and Kevin on the Manta ride - I had to hold the backpack :)|
|Steve, Cindy, and Kevin on the Manta roller coaster.|
During the 2 days here Cindy and Kevin rode this about 20 times and sat
in every seat in every row!
|Dolphin and Pilot whale show - the Christmas special|
|The Shamu show! Not many people here this time of year.|
|The Shamu show. SeaWorld has 10 whales and a baby expected next month|
|The Shamu show. Wow!|
|Curious dolphins come to look at us|
Following the care center we got to see the Humbolt Penquins which is a threatened species and not available for public viewing. They are working to study and breed these penguins at SeaWorld.
|Humbolt penguins. We were the only people visiting the park|
to see them today.
The final part of the tour was learning and feeding a turtle species; the Green Turtle. It is named green not for it's color but because it's blood is green!
|Cindy and Kevin at the turtle pool|
|Tree at entrance to SeaWorld|
|Beluga Whale tank.|
|Yes, that is real snow in SeaWorld and Cindy and Kevin on the little sled run!|
|Day 2 we came back and prepared for getting wet. Cindy and Kevin went a second time|
but said it was too light without Dad and I for a good ride.
|Cindy and I on the Bayride at sunset, it was beautiful. This is a chairlift-like|
ride that takes you high above the water and over a marina.
A catenary - the curve that an idealized hanging chain assumes under its own weight
when supported only at its ends. Cindy and Kevin built this one!
|Cindy and Kevin's image in low-resolution boxes.|
There were lots of interesting exhibits in the "illusion
and vision" section of the museum.
|Steve and Cindy in front just about ready to head along the waterfront. |
These are registered as motorcycles.
|Kevin and I in the back. These things go up to 30mph.|
|Cindy and Kevin in the cockpit of a plane on the Hangar Deck|
|Kevin and Cindy on the Flight Deck|
|Kathy, Cindy, and Kevin on the flight deck,|
Following that we took a quick tour of the "Star of India" ship. It is 150 years old! Following that we walked about a block to go on a 1 hour tour-boat ride of the south bay. Steve and I were once again excited to do this as we knew it would include much information about all of the Navy ships that we saw on our "Adagio" cruise through the bay a week ago. The person narrating was x-navy and told us much about the ships as we passed by as well as other landmarks and information. We were quite tired at the end of it all. When we exited the ship there were bicycle powered taxi people offering up a ride. We really were not wanting to spend any money but were also very tired. The gentleman negotiated a deal after stating that he too had kids. Kevin had already gotten on his "bike" and rode it a few feet but had to get off since we had decided not to take the taxi. 30 seconds later the taxi driver agreed to our price so we all hopped on. He could take us to the top of the ramp where our dinghy was tied up. I felt bad to short change him and the ride was so much fun that we ended up giving him close to what he was asking for. He had music, lights and a disco ball. When we got off we all commented on that it was farther than we remembered so were glad to end the day and the four day pass with some music and lights. Getting back to the boat at 6pm, we were exhausted. Cindy asked if she could sleep in and we said yes but it is a school day. The kids had not had school in a week.
Our crazy bike-taxi ride. Music, disco ball, and lights!
Next up, several more days to prepare for our Mexico entrance. We are close but not quite ready. Our departure is now sometime next week I imagine between Tuesday and Friday depending on weather.
Oh, I have to mention that we saw a catamaran come into the cruisers anchorage here. Steve just knew he had seen this boat somewhere back in the NW and most likely from Shelter Bay. It is called "Dueling Dragons" and has some Chinese writing on it, Anyone remember it? It was moored in Shelter Bay on Nootka Place, it's 48' long and looks to be just about as wide :-) They are here and headed south as we are. Steve just chatted with them this AM. What a small world we live in. 1500 miles from home, on a boat, and here is one of our neighbors on their boat just 200' away.
More to come just before we leave the United States of America!