Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mittry Lake Wildlife Refuge, Yuma Arizona

We’re camping and using Mittry Lake as a base for exploring Yuma and the surrounding area. It takes a little work to get in here, but the price is right… Free!

San Diego Zoo

We checked out the world famous San Diego Zoo.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

La Jolla Cove, CA

We stopped by La Jolla Cove to go seal hunting… SAY WHAT? As in seal spotting. The water is a vivid bright blue and green. The seals have a nice place to hang ten. We’re picking up on the west coast slang now!

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Legoland Carlsbad, CA

We caught up with our homeschooling camping buddies from Yellowstone National Park and headed to Legoland. Legoland gives GREAT discounts for home schoolers! The kids had a great day playing and exploring. It’s incredible what they can make from legos! Here are just a few pictures of the displays. You can see all the pictures by clicking ~ here ~

Friday, February 19, 2010

Elephant Seals, San Simeon CA

We got the chance to visit the Elephant Seals at San Simeon. They are very large and noisy creatures, but they are mesmerizing to watch!

We also made a small stop at Stafford Street. :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Santa Monica Pier, CA

Here we are at the end of Route 66. Santa Monica has had several piers over the years, however the current Santa Monica Pier is actually two adjoining piers that long had separate owners. The long, narrow Municipal Pier opened September 1909, primarily to carry sewer pipes beyond the breakers, and had no amenities. The short, wide adjoining Pleasure Pier to the south, a.k.a. Newcomb Pier, was built in 1916 by Charles I. D. Looff and his son Arthur, amusement park pioneers. The Carousel was built in 1922 on the Pleasure Pier and features 44 hand-carved horses. It was rebuilt in 1990 inside the Looff Hippodrome. A calliope provides musical accompaniment.

Many movies have had scenes shot here: The Sting, A Night at the Roxbury, Miracle Beach (1992), Titanic, Forrest Gump (there is a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant on the pier, owned by the company that produced the movie), Iron Man, Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, Dark Ride, The Hottie and the Nottie, Love Stinks and in The Hannah Montana Movie during the scene with Lilly's birthday party. At the end of "Hancock" two of the main characters take their young son through the park when they receive a phone call from the title character.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

NBC Studios Tour

We visited Jane’s friend Elita at NBC studios. They used to work together in Miami at WSVN7. Elita is the weather person for the Los Angeles NBC station. She gave us a GREAT behind the scenes tour of the studios, sets and props!

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