Monday, January 26, 2009

Winter in San Diego

Ever wonder what you do for fun in the winter when you live where there's no snow? No sledding, no snowball fights, no snowmen? Well, if you live in San Diego, you go to the Zoo.

(Note the t-shirts. It was warm and sunny.)

The San Diego Zoo holds a special place in my heart. I've been hundreds of times. When I was a kid, my parents took us every Sunday. In high school, I used to cut class and drive over with my best friend. When the kids were babies, it was a great place to go and walk, pushing them in the stroller until they fell asleep. Now they're old enough to appreciate the animals and the scenery. They like the Children's Zoo, where they can pet various animals, including this type:

Who says you don't need wool in San Diego?

These little girls seemed to be enjoying the goats. I was charmed by their winter attire.

I especially love the Zoo in the winter, because it's mostly empty (the summer tourists are notably absent) and cool enough that the animals are out and about. This Komodo Dragon usually hides behind the rocks, but not this time:

I'm not the only one who prefers the Zoo in winter. These are visitors, not full-time residents:

But the locals don't seem to mind sharing their space:

And neither do we.


Lara said...

I love the San Diego Zoo. I went to SDSU and I miss San Diego so much! This post brought back fond memories.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

That looks like so much fun. The last time I was at the San Diego zoo I was a small child. I wish we had a zoo here.....totally jealous :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm not sure if I'm more jealous of the zoo or the tshirt weather!

This made me miss living somewhere that the kids could pet animals in a park and play. Although, here we do see bears regularly along with other wild animals, so it's all a trade-off!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Oh I have such great memories of that zoo--we took the girls there about 4 years.They loved the sky ride / gondolas especially!!

I am sad that the t-shirts they got there no longer fit:(

Lydee said...

neat-o! sounds like perfect zoo weather to me.

sophanne said...

Is that the Mr. Yarnhog????

Angelika said...

I wouldn't mind some of that sunshine right now. We are expecting a snow storm here in KY tonight. Brrrr. If you need snow, just go up to Julian and eat a slice of pie for me.

Anonymous said...

I would so love to have some of that warmth and sunshine....send some east would ya please???

Fibra Artysta said...

Okay, I admit that at first I kind of stuck my tongue out at you (it snowed here again last night - forgive me, makes me cranky) but the cool photos of the animals are really great! I especially love the flamingos - so pretty!

Kim said...

What wonderful Zoo memeories you have. Your boys will probably carry on the tradition.

Lisa said...

We love our zoo, too. It's open all year round, but when there's 2 feet of snow on the ground we're not really inspired to go see the animals.

Here in New England the weather is bad enough that my husband is extending his business trip one more day because the drive from Connecticut to New Hampshire will be too dangerous tonight.

I am envious of your t-shirt weather, but I'm consoling myself with all the really great sweaters I get to wear for 7 months of the year.

Sharon said...

Great zoo pictures! The first time I visited SD, I went to the zoo and loved it. Glad it's warm and sunny someplace. As much as I love wearing the hand knits, having to bundle up to go pick up the mail or take out the garbage is getting old. Is it spring yet!?