Polar Bear Plunge

by Ray on November 11, 2010

On our recent vacation to Southern California, we asked the kids what they wanted to see.

“The Zoo!” they emphatically responded.

It never fails, we always enjoy the world famous San Diego Zoo.  They have the most animals, the best new exhibits and are always improving old ones.  And the Polar Bear Plunge is no exception.

Polar Bear Plunge San Diego Zoo

Until it underwent the revamp, the polar bear exhibit was relatively simple with a viewing area of the animals both in and out of the water.

But now, much like the Elephant Odyssey, it’s more of an experience.

Polar Bear Plunge San Diego Zoo Collage

The viewing area has been expanded and at certain times, visitors can even watch the bears being fed.  My favorite new addition is the life-size bear statues that you can stand next to and thank God that you didn’t meet a real bear in the wild.  The adult polar bear is HUGE!!

Out front, there’s a giant storybook that tells about the polar bears and their way of life.  Our kids enjoyed turning the pages and demanded that mom read to them every word.

The little one’s will like both the ice cave that they can crawl in, as well as the real-life helicopter that helps tell the story about how scientists track these grand beasts.

And without taking a position on Global Warming, the final addition to the exhibit details how the bears’ habitat has changed in recent years and the challenges that they face.

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Sunset on the Pier

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 29, 2010

We witnessed some of the most beautiful sunsets, while vacationing in San Diego, last month.

This picture was taken on the pier in Ocean Beach – A rare and golden moment of silence, inspired by awe.



On Vacation :: Cabrillo National Monument

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 24, 2010

Youngs overlooking Cabrillo National Park

Cliff Climbing

Chris and Ray

Wave Running

Cliff Jumping

bringing up the rear

We're done!


On Vacation :: Ciao Bella

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 23, 2010

I had a hankering for spaghetti, the kids were begging for pizza, and Ray wanted to head down to Ocean Beach. So off we went. It just so happens that there is a fabulous little Italian restaurant right in Ocean Beach, called Ciao Bella.



The Bay and the Point in San Diego

April 7, 2010

Just past Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego lies one of our family’s favorite hidden gems – Cabrillo National Monument. It’s got great views of San Diego Bay, the downtown San Diego skyline and Coronado Island, but that’s not the best part. Named for Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo who was the first European to sail […]

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San Diego Zoo’s Elephant Odyssey Proves to be Sticky

March 30, 2010

No trip to San Diego is complete without taking the kids and heading into Balboa Park to visit the world famous San Diego Zoo. The many exotic plants, birds, winding tree covered trails and unique animal enclosures always provide a great family atmosphere.  And it’s a great place to eat.  My favorite is lunch high […]

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The American Lion and Us

March 17, 2010

We recently had the privilege to explore the Elephant Odyssey exhibit at the San Diego Zoo {more to come}. Not only did we learn a ton, but we had so much fun!

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Adventures in LEGOLAND

December 28, 2008

After arriving later than expected at our condo in San Diego, we decided that the best way to relax with five boys (and Julia) would be to go to LEGOLAND the next day… Turns out we didn’t do much relaxing, but we did have a great time. And for little boys whose bedroom could legitimately […]

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The World Famous San Diego Zoo

December 4, 2008

It was a dark and stormy night…actually, that’s the beginning of another story. It was quite a nice day when we first drove through Balboa Park’s tree lined streets. As we approached the San Diego Zoo’s parking lot, there was electricity in the air. More than likely though, that was just the previous night’s dinner […]

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We’re off…

September 27, 2008

Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment, email or tweet me with ideas for keeping the kiddos busy on our long trip down south. We’re set! San Diego, here we come! Here is what we have on the agenda: After 4 hours in the car, we’ll stop tonight at Grandpa and […]

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San Diego, or bust!

September 26, 2008

It seems that the cares of a busy life have weighed us down, and sapped our energy. It’s time for a much-needed vacation. Space and distance from the every day activities and responsibilities of home life is what we need. So… Tomorrow we set forth on a 535 mile road trip. A journey down through […]

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