|Here are again on January 3, 2016|
We spent the night with Page and Laurie, our friends who hosted our wedding in their backyard 10 years ago this month.
The weather was warm and sunny (smile). They were delightful company as we caught up on each of our family's lives. Laurie made Ron's favorite breakfast - Eggs Benedict - in the morning before we headed off to the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad.
|Our wedding (January 14, 2006) was at Page and Laurie's Poway home|
|Our condo was on the 3rd floor|
|Max enjoyed the pool area before all the rain|
|Great place for a 5 year old.|
|Enjoying one of the many hot tubs|
|The view of the Pacific Ocean from our condo|
|Sunset was marvelous|
|Entering Legoland at 10AM|
|On the boat ride around the world in Legos|
|The Taj Mahal in Legos|
|The Eiffel Tower in Legos|
|New York City in Legos|
|Mt. Rushmore in Legos|
|Jeff in Legos|
We had three days of heavy rain. But the vacation must go on. On Tuesday, January 5th, we walked the length of the Oceanside Pier in a torrential wind and rain storm. We were able to warm up at Ruby's Diner at the end of the pier before walking another 1/3 of a mile of the pier back to the car. Needless to say, your tour guide for the day (me) didn't get a tip.
|Here's a Brown Pelican fighting the wind to stay put on the pier|
On Wednesday, January 6th, we visited the beach during a morning respite from the rain and Max got to experience his first ocean waves.
|Max at Tamarack Beach in Carlsbad (Margaret Farrar photo)|
We headed for La Jolla after the beach visit. The weather looked omninous but it was not yet raining. We had lunch at George's at the Cove and enjoyed a marvelous view of La Jolla Cove.
|Ron, Jeff, and Margaret with a ocean-view lunch spot at George's|
And here are our views of La Jolla Cove:
After lunch, we drove a short distance to Scripps Institute of Oceanography to visit the Birch Aquarium.
We did have some serious flooding from the El Niño generated storm. Here is Kearny Mesa on Tuesday, January 5th:
|View of Balboa Park, Cabrillo Bridge and downtown San Diego from the Zoo Skyfari ride|
|Polar bear viewing pool|
|Max with model of baby polar bear and Margaret and Jeff next to a model of a fully grown male polar bear|
|Polar Bear enjoying a few rays of warm sun|
|Cheetah and his dog pal|
Friday evening, I stayed home with Max while Ron, Margaret and Jeff went out to McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in San Diego for their last night before departing Saturday morning for Cleveland, Ohio where it was warm and snowless.
|Sunset over the Pacific Ocean from our Carlsbad condo balcony|