Sunday, April 28, 2013

SAN DIEGO ZOO - SUNDAYS IN MY CITY

Unknown Mami
When Mark and I were in San Diego we spent the afternoon on Thursday at the Zoo. It was a perfect day around 80 degrees and we had the best of times. I was amazed that I was able to walk up and down the very hilly San Diego Zoo without any issues at all. I know I have lost weight but this was about the Spiriva medication I was put on last year. I struggled here 20 years ago at 150 pounds which is a lot less than I weigh now and also I am 20 years older! I can't tell you how happy I was and just typing this brings tears to my eyes. You have no clue what it is like not being able to breathe......

We had a turtle named Elmer for many years. I am so fond of them. We brought him home from Illinois one summer in my son's pocket through security. Then we had a jar for him on the flight. We had him for many years. About six years ago my husband took him to the stream at his shooting range and set him free. I think of him often. He actually knew his name and would look at you when you said it!

You looking at me?????

This guy was so funny rolling along the window. 
They said it is common for them to roll to get to places.



One of my favorite animals.....the giraffe above is pregnant!

See the baby behind the mama....

Mama Panda

This baby was adorable, 
almost fell several times while exploring!

Protea....don't you just love them? 
There are many varieties and we first were introduced to 
them when my MIL lived in South Africa years ago.

My $5.35 cent purchase at the Zoo!

Absolutely a day I will always remember.....
(Remember from my previous post  
that we ate at The Palm afterwards)



P.S. We could have been at a formal dinner that evening but Mark didn't want to rent a tux and of course I would have needed a new dress! I would have enjoyed that but I think this day was extra special for us just the way it was :)

29 comments:

Cyndy Newsome said...

I love all of these pictures! I love turtles too, we've had a few as pets.
I'm so happy that you are breathing easy these days! That is absolutely wonderful. xoxo

Sandra said...

awesome visit to the zoo.. love the giraffe mask..

Cathy said...

So glad you are breathing better and that you enjoyed the trip to the zoo. You got some really good pictures of the animals. I think maybe I liked the picture of the zebra the best.

Mara said...

Love the photos. I wonder where the nearest zoo is over here?

Formerly known as Frau said...

Awesome shots.....love the San Diego Zoo!

Secret Agent Woman said...

The San Diego Zoo is the first one I ever remember going to.

Dorothy said...

YAY for breathing!! I love the hominiods!! It's amazing to see ourselves in these creatures.

Karen Mortensen said...

What beautiful pictures. So glad you had a wonderful time. Makes me want to go there. I was there in 1974.

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

So glad to hear you're breathing easier.

We love going to the zoo... we go almost weekly. I love giraffes. They're my favourite (aside from Red Pandas of course).

Wishing you a lovely day!
xoxo

nancygrayce said...

So wonderful about your breathing and no issues!!!

I've been to the San Diego zoo many times with my grands and my favorite animal is the giraffe! I think they are such graceful animals.

Sonya said...

Looks like a beautiful zoo! I think that's a fun way to spend the day! I want to go to St. Louis when the new elephant makes her appearance. She was just born on Friday!

How wonderful that you were able to walk around all day and feel good!

Miss Debbie said...

Great animal shots. So glad you had such a good time!

Deb said...

Awesome that you were able to walk it without problems...awesome photos

Keetha Broyles said...

Great zoo shots, Debbie! The rolling "primate" is hilarious.

Syrone said...

Love the animal pictures! It's great that you're breathing easier. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Now I want to go to the zoo.

Hilary said...

i agree - sounds like a perfect day

LynnMarie said...

I have asthma so I understand how you feel about breathing. I ;ve the San Diego Zoo and it would be my second home if I lived there.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

How wonderful that you felt good! Your story of Elmer is great :-)

Furry Bottoms said...

I totally miss the San Diego Zoo. Its one of the markers of my childhood. That is the BEST zoo you can ever visit. It beats even the LA Zoo or any others I may have seen. The most memorable.

Life in a Small Town said...

The giraffe is my favorite zoo animal. Those giraffes are beautiful! I bet the San Diego zoo is just amazing. The Knoxville Zoo is pretty good, but I haven't been since college.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

What an awesome day!!! I just love all the animals and great shots!

I so want to go there, hopefully one day! So much better then my zoo here.

Decadent Housewife said...

I totally get trading tails and tiaras for pregnant giraffes.

Enjoyed the tour.

Chatty Crone said...

I seriously think that is the best zoo in the United States - I would love to see it again and of course show Andy! sandie

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

That's one of my favorite zoos ever. And I LOVED hearing your turtle story!

Simone Moland said...

I love the San Diego Zoo although it's exhausting to cover the whole zoo in one day. Great pictures.

Sweet Tea said...

A pet turtle? Elmer sounds like a smart guy! So nice that you feel better today than you did 20 yrs ago. Also great that you have an appreciative heart. Go Deb!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Amazing pictures and day. I love love going to the zoo and would think seeing this would be awesome.
Sounds like the prefect day and I am so glad you were able to walk through without any problems.
Great memories for a lifetime.
Love
Maggie

Kristie said...

LOVE all the pictures!! What a beautiful day and so happy that you were able to enjoy it even with all the walking!! AWESOME!! :-)

My favorite is the giraffe too. They're such a unique and cool animal!! :-)

Unknown Mami said...

I am so happy you are able to comfortably walk around; it must feel positively liberating.

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