San Diego Exploration

Here are the other pictures from San Diego (June 24-29). We went through them Saturday to try and narrow them down but there were just too many good ones to be frugal. They go in the following order:

1. Hiking on Saturday up to a reservoir before the rehearsal dinner (Dane, we thought of you as the crazy mountain bikers went up the steep rocks!),

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2. Exploring one of the famous California sites of the Spanish American War,

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3.  The animals at Safari Park Zoo on Sunday morning with Stacy and Laurie (you’ll notice that Laurie and I bought matching hats, and we got to see a newborn gorilla!),

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4. Monday we went downtown to San Diego, first to Old Town Historic State Park,

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5. Then to Coronado Island (the first few pics of the foggy beach are super close to Mexico),

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6. Coronado Island –  the more famous part along the beach and marina with Hotel Del Coronado – the sun came out and it was gorgeous!,

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7. Tuesday morning sea kayaking adventure in caves and with kelp are in a separate photo album.  It was hard paddling out to begin with because we had to paddle through the waves. On the return we “surfed” on the kayaks back to shore.  Unfortunately Ben got stuck behind another couple that had flipped and he couldn’t avoid them soon enough so he flipped too. 🙂

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8. Tuesday afternoon hiking at Torrey del Paines (near our hotel, which was right on the Torrey Pines golf course in La Jolla – first pic of golf course is from our private hotel patio)

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9. Wednesday morning on the last day we went into La Jolla again for breakfast and we walked around watching the seals,

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10. Last we drove into downtown San Diego again and walked around the harbor and USS Midway (but we didn’t pay to go on it, not enough time … or desire).

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Full photos of the San Diego excursion can be found in the Photo Gallery at

The sea kayaking album is smaller, and from a disposable camera we purchased for the adventure:

Grant & Dayna’s Wedding

The last of the original Bates-IBM-VA house walked down the aisle on Sunday, June 26, 2011 in San Diego, CA. Boy was it worth the wait! Grant and Dayna tied the knot in style at the San Diego Safari Park under gorgeous blue skies, amid creatures from all over the world. Thank you guys for including us in your special day. May the 1000 hand folded paper cranes bring you luck and everlasting love.

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So many animals! The favorite has to be the 7 month old baby cheetah, though the porcupine comes in close second 🙂

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Enjoy all 88 photos from the wedding by clicking on the Photo Gallery (and that’s after cleaning up the bad ones!). In the Photo Gallery you’ll be able to see the cheetah better, and of course the bride and groom 😉