Last Saturday was Grandma Beep’s (AKA my mom’s) birthday. While each birthday is a milestone in its own right, this one ended in a “5”, and T loves anything five right now because he’s five-years-old. So we decided to head down for the weekend and help properly celebrate this one in person.
We kicked off the day at 5:50 a.m., all thanks to an alarm clock with feet named T. Anyway, regardless of the early wake-up call and after a semi-leisurely wake-up, we headed to San Diego’s Mission Valley area to have breakfast with one of my mom’s dearest friends (I kind-of dig her, too). I can’t believe I didn’t capture any pictures of our time at Adam’s Steak ‘n Eggs as this is my mom’s favorite breakfast spot in town (maybe anywhere really – where else can you start the day with a tasty Ramos Fizz and a plate of corn fritters?!), but it was divine as always. It’s a lifelong favorite of mine also. Glad T’s now been there a few times in his early life already himself.
We started our day out at the San Diego Zoo, which is one of my mom’s favorite places, if not her favorite. The zoo recently opened its “Koalafornia” exhibit; while not the exact and formal name, boy is that some fantastic marketing. This is a newly zoned part of the zoo for Outback and other Australian animals that includes a much larger area for the koalas (to sleep), hands-on stations for the kids, and other educational outreach.
For the last several years, the zoo has been reconstructing many of its exhibits to be expansive enough to group animals together by regions, similar to that of the Wild Animal Park (AKA San Diego Safari Park). I can see how that’s a better way to house and exhibit the animals in that it’s more natural for them to live this way in captivity than just putting a bunch of enclosures and cages all in a row. It’s probably a lot more humane, too.
We also got to see a lot of other animals than just sleeping koalas. T insisted we go see the tigers because “tiger starts with T and so does T (his name).” OK, no problem. And thank you, tigers, for cooperating and actually being awake and out for your photo opps.
The pandas, gazelle, and hippo were out as well. Some obviously were more active than others, but at least all were close-up enough for T and us to see them whatever they were doing!
And thank goodness for those “sky buckets.” That’s T’s name for the Skyfari aerial tramway that connects one end of the zoo with the other. We were at the zoo for over four hours, and if not for those sky buckets, we’d have done a lot more walking up and down those hills than the couple of miles we probably easily did.
After the zoo, we headed to Windansea Beach near La Jolla Cove to feed birds. This is another of my mom’s favorite spots in all of San Diego combined with one of her favorite things to go outdoors and do. She likes to save up old pieces and crusts of bread to take with her so she can feed the seagulls in one of San Diego’s most scenic spots. I’ve gone to feed birds with her many a time during my adult life, and now T gets to go with her, too. I think you can see how much fun we had here together, even if the birds were being pretty picky about the bread (those rich La Jolla seagulls, ha!).
We capped off the long day out around town with dinner at Fidel’s in Solana Beach, another of my mom’s favorites (mine, too… grew up going here after the races!). She not just got her usual chicken burrito-cheese enchilada combo, but she even got serenaded by the mariachis, too. Oh, and we probably had the strongest margaritas we’d had in quite some time. Wowzers! (Note for next time: The “Margarita de la Casa” is NOT the same as Fidel’s Original House Margarita.)
T and I had a fantastic day and weekend celebrating Grandma Beep’s birthday, and I think she had a pretty good time, too. Hope the rest of your birthday month is filled with even more of your favorite things, Mom! xxoo