S: The Stinson's do San Diego! May 2011
BC: We love you San Diego! Can't wait to come back!
FC: San Diego | May 8th-15th 2011
1: San Diego here we come! | Audrey checking to make sure she is allowed on the plane! | At the Calgary Airport... | waiting for Taylor, Gramma, and Poppa! A big surprise for Tanner and Audrey!
2: All Set!
3: Tanner and Taylor are all geared up with their DS's and new games, Audrey with her headphones waiting to watch Dora, Gramma and Poppa relaxed and ready to go...and Mommy and Daddy hoping Audrey falls asleep! | Welcome onboard Westjet!
5: The Family suite at the Doubletree Club San Diego on Hotel Circle. the big kids had their own room with bunkbeds, a TV, and a little colouring table for Audrey. The best part...a door between their area and ours! Gramma and Poppa had an adjoining room to ours so the kids could run through all three rooms! Perfect!
7: San Diego Zoo Who knew it could be so cold in San Diego?!! Brrrrr! We were not expecting this weather but at least we weren't getting sunburned! The zoo is huge. We liked the animals but spent more time with the fake ones they have everywhere to play on! We had a blast despite the weather!
10: Why watch the real elephants when we can slide down the tusks of a fake one?!
11: The elephant enclosure was so big and spacious but the elephants still came right up close to visit us. One was being quite playful and rolling his truck on the concrete!
12: This Jaguar was so beautiful. His paws were the size of Audrey's head! He was pacing back and forth and we think he was stalking Audrey! A tasty snack indeed!
15: Welcome to Belly Button Beach! | I saw these hippo's and it reminded me of our Belly Button book!
17: The Polar Bears! Mommy's favorite!!!
20: Despite the coolish weather, we had a great day at the Zoo. We all enjoyed the many photo ops...they were even more fun than the animals!! The zoo is so big but we managed to see almost all of it! Certainly a feat with runaway Audrey in tow!
22: Seaworld | Welcome to.....
24: It was the perfect day for a visit to Seaworld! The sun was shining and it was nice and hot. We took in the Sea Lion show and enjoyed the tunnel under the sharks!
25: Poppa joined us on the Journey to Atlantis ride! It was so much fun! There were no lineups so me and Taylor went a second time! Good thing it was warm out because we sure got wet!!! | CAUTION | waterfall ahead!
28: This was the BEST! We all loved this ride and Poppa loved shooting us with the water cannons! The funniest part was AFTER when we dried ourselves off in the giant people driers...Audrey wasn't even wet!!!
29: We all loved Seaworld and thought we'd end the day with a skyride over the ocean. Yesterday Taylor got to ride with Gramma and Poppa over the Zoo so today was Tanner's turn to ride wth them. They went first and as soon as Taylor, Audrey, Mike and I got settled into our tram.... | ...a warning bell rang and they pulled us off the ride...I panicked as I saw Tanner riding off into the air without me as I had no idea what was going on! It turned out the winds had picked up and for safety they stopped the ride. They enjoyed the last ride of the day!
30: Always a New Adventure
31: “I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it.”~Rosalia de Castro | SAFARI | at The Wild Animal Park
32: “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” ~Helen Keller | Daddy is a big APE!!
33: Can you spot the REAL .... | Wildlife?
35: three generations of Stinson Men
36: Do you sense a theme?
37: What a WILD ride!
41: A relaxing day checking out Pacific Pier and walking on the beach. The kids enjoyed searching for seashells and testing the ocean water. We thought the cottages right on the pier were very cool...much like the water temperature!
43: Coronado Island | Beautiful here! Definitely where we will stay next time!
44: We have arrived!! Tanner didn't know that we were going to Legoland and was pretty happy even though it did take him awhile to understand just where we were! A whole theme park made of Lego? A dream come true!
48: Our Star Wars nut could not have been happier! An entire area dedicated solely to Star Wars. | May the Force be with you!
50: I am your FATHER!
51: It's a Wookie and a droid made of Lego!!
53: Tanner's first roller coaster ride! I was so proud of him since he is normally not a fan! Audrey loves the rides! When she gets older I think she will be just like Taylor and go on them all! | All the kids loved the crazy Beetle Bounce. Audrey wouldn't get off! I was NOT a fan! It was so funny to listen to her laughing hysterically and have so much fun though!
57: Our second day at Legoland was meant to be spent at the waterpark. Sadly, the weather did not co-operate! It was colder in San Diego than it was back home in Alberta! Me and Audrey spent our time in the little kids play area. Audrey loved the boat ride though the fairytale village. Dad and the big kids went back to do some of their favorite rides.
59: She's swimming! Taylor and Daddy taught Audrey how to swim in the hotel pool. She is definitely taking after her big sister! We can't keep her away from the pool! Taylor spent every single evening swimming even though it was pretty cold!
60: Old Town San Diego
61: On our last evening we took some time to explore Old Town, San Diego. It was like walking across the border to Mexico! It was an area we would've loved to spend more time. One of the buildings closed early because the local ghost was wreaking havoc on the curator! We ate a delicious dinner at a Mexican restaurant and checked out some of the souvenirs.
62: I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this - that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. Hilaire Belloc | Jacaranda Tree