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Cheetah Run! at the San Diego Safari Park

Cheetah Run, SD Safari Park

The San Diego Wild Animal Park changed it’s name to the Safari Park and I’m having trouble making myself call it by that name. I’ve known it as the WAP for so long. It used to be the rougher edged little brother to the World Renowned San Diego Zoo but on our recent trip we saw that they are really putting a lot of effort into making it as first class a facility as the Zoo.

The Wild Animal Park was never poorly kept or in bad shape. The animals have always been priority every trip there was fun. It was just not as ergonomically thought out as the Zoo. The new additions however have made is so that everything feels fluid, clean and beautiful. They have added some new attractions too, one of them is the Cheetah Run where they let a Cheetah get out and stretch his legs for a 100 dash of a lifetime. We actually didn’t know that it was happening, we just sort of walked into it about 25 mins before show time and decided to stick around.

Man it was pretty damned cool to see a Cheetah doing what a Cheetah does best. I learned that at full speed a Cheetah runs about 67 MPH. As a means of comparison they have a dog run the 100 yards to show you that fast is all relative. Before the Cheetah runs the handler explains that there’s a good chance you won’t get a good shot, and if you do its going to be of grass or a foot. But screw that warning! When am I ever going to get to shoot a Cheetah running full speed unless I go to Africa on a Photo Safari (you can read that as never going to happen), so it was worth trying. I don’t know how the other photogs faired but I feel pretty good about my shot. It’s certainly not easy shooting a cheetah (with a camera) but I think it was worth it. Also amazing to see I def recomment the Cheetah Run and the “safari

Still Kicking Ass

As 2012 nears the finish line there’s almost nothing finer then a Warm summerish day in San Diego (in November). In fact the only thing that really makes it better is being with my family on a day like that. This year we had a rough summer but that only makes a lovely day in Nov that much sweeter. I think this photo just about says it all.

I love my Dad.

San Diego Children’s Museum

This year Phia asked me what I wanted to do on my Birthday. I decided that I just wanted to do something fun that Bella would enjoy. I decided that I wanted to take the train downtown and take Bella to the Children’s museum. Turns out Buck and Emmie were free that day too, so we all took the Coaster down and walked over to the Museum.

The Museum is an extremely cool. Its a 3 level contemporary building,from the outside it looks like its leaning to the side. Its a bit industrial looking in places and chocked full of recycled and repurpose materials. There are all kinds of things for kids of all ages to do and Bella had a really great time exploring all the areas.

They had a cool bounce tunnel, dress up clothes, thing to climb on and around and of course a bubble station. There was also a huge outdoor patio with a giant car made of clay and about 10 absolutely filthy kids moulding things out of the clay the had pulled of the car. It looked like a lot of fun. it also looked like a giant mess, so we skipped that area.

full set here

Children's Museum San Diego Aug 2012

Children's Museum San Diego Aug 2012

Dino-Bella

Children's Museum San Diego Aug 2012

Children's Museum San Diego Aug 2012

Children's Museum San Diego Aug 2012

Children's Museum San Diego Aug 2012

Children's Museum San Diego Aug 2012

Children's Museum San Diego Aug 2012

Maritime Museum with the Novaks

This is an older event from last year, but I just finally got around to getting the photos up online. The San Diego Maritime museum is located on the waterfront in Downtown San Diego. It consists of a couple of 1800s era Sailing ships, including the Star of India as well as some WW era submarines and the museum itself.

The Museum is not only interesting but nicely framed by the gorgeous San Diego bay. Through the eyes of the vessels that the museum maintains (and sails) you get a good look at how things used to be. Which is equal parts fascinating and terrifying. The under decks of the Star are not only massive but give you a good feel for how horrifying traveling for months on end via an old sailing ship must have been.

The submarines on the other hand were the antithesis of the Star. A claustrophobes nightmare realized, they are cramped in every conceivable way. Even moored and above water they feel as though once you are inside you may never see the light of day again. How anyone could serve on such a vessel is respectable, that they did so in times of war is beyond reason.

There are few things that beat a warm and sunny day on the San Diego waterfront. Spending one such days with my family aboard some truly interesting pieces of history makes for a really great day together.

Dinner at Anthony’s Grotto on Mom and Dad after aint too shabby either.

Full set here

San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

How to make Bella happy

If you want to make a 2 year old happy, take them to anyplace where they can splash around in water. If you want to make them double happy, finish the day riding a mini train.

Luckily Balboa Park (one of my favorite places on Earth) has both readily available. There’s a huge fountain at the East end and some splash pools along the main thorough fare. On a hot day kids love splashing around in them. Just around the corner by the Zoo is a mini train that does a little loop through a tunnel and by animal statues. It’s really cute and Bella loved it. We spent a sunny summer afternoon there and had a really fun time.

Balboa Park Sept 2012

Balboa Park Sept 2012

Balboa Park Sept 2012

Balboa Park Sept 2012

Balboa Park Sept 2012

Balboa Park Sept 2012

Balboa Park Sept 2012

The Comic Con Gang

2012 Comic Convention: Old school friends with a track record of being dorks came together in front of the symbol of geekiness (Han in Carbonite) for a photo. There wasn’t one of us that wouldn’t have gladly displayed that life-sized Han in our homes. If only it wasn’t so much money. Much more on the con to come, still sifting through photos!

Can someone please tell Martin to STOP TALKING when people are taking photos! What’s that you say? He looks fine in the photo below? Yes well roll over the image below to see what I’m talking about…

yes I may have adjusted my fatness slightly too, never mind that part.

The Long Overdue 4th of July

We went to the Imbers on the 4th this year where Bella enjoyed her first bounce house, her first slip n’ slide and an all around good time. Many thanks to the Imbers for having us over. We had a great time! So here are the pics from that day finally, jeez July is almost over, I just made it!

Some of the pics below or see them all Here

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

Father’s Day Video

Father’s day 2011 was just a fun, sunny beautiful San Diego day. This is my ode to a wonderful day.

Best when viewed in “HD” and full screen if your system can handle it. Let it load first and then it won’t be jittery on you.

Old Town!

Mom, Dad, Phia, Bella and I went on the Coaster to Old Town for lunch and a little shopping. It was awesome. It was also Bella’s first trip on a train. She thought it was super cool. She was great on it, even though it takes about an hour she kept entertained. She got a little antsy towards the end but just about the time she was over it, we were there! So it was perfect.

What a beautiful day, it was sunny and warm and great out. The Coaster ride is always awesome. This train was kind of busy because there was a Padre game and some other stuff going on downtown. So it wasn’t quite as relaxing as usual, but it was nice non the less. We got seats up top and the view was amazing as always. We had lunch at Rockin Baja Lobster, my favorite place and got to walk the grounds. it was a great day

here are the pics

Mom and Dad’s 35th Anniversary

We went to Casa de Vega is Escondido to celebrate Mom and Dad’s 35 Wedding Anniversary!! Wow that’s a long time! Congratulations on another great year!!

View the slide show below, be sure to click (full screen) for optimum viewing!

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