Pasadena is within a 45 minute drive from where I am now and as I’ve watched the Rose Bowl parade for years on NY day, I thought it would be fun to visit the post parade. The floats are parked along a closed street after the parade and though they aren’t moving/mechanized, it was wonderful to get so close to the floats. We could see all of the work and details of the floats and the gorgeous flowers.I highly recommend a visit!
We visited the # Santa Barbara zoo. Nice sized zoo, set up well with lots of fun things for little ones to do, including a smallish grassy hill for the kids to ride down on cardboard (perfect size – fun but non-intimidating). Santa Claus visits also and takes pics with kids. There was also a good bit of man-made snow, so sleds were ridden, snowballs thrown with glee. Fun. Um, might re-think the attempting to get along with baby momma thing…we’ll see. Still fun.
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My fabulous birthday present/adventure from my Beloved was an ocean kayaking trip with Everyday California tours http://www.everydaycalifornia.com/tours-rentals/kayak-tour. We chose the Seven Seas Cave Tour within the La Jolla Ecological Preserve. We suited up in the provided dorky helmut and protective life jacket and follow our knowledgeable, friendly tour guide down to the beautiful beach. There are a number of folks playing in the water, which was 72 degrees this day, some laying out in the sun on the clean, light soft sand under slightly swaying umbrellas. There is a slight small surf, the sun is sparkling off of the water. Beloved and I shared a kayak – which, to me, is more fun. The water is crystal clear! It was amazing.
Our tour guide points out areas of interest under the water – the sand with sea life within it, the reefa bit further beyond, fleshes out interesting stories about inhabitants of the estates along the shoreline and what it’s like to there. We see Girabaldi – golden and a bit larger than, but colored like goldfish. We paddled as a group over to the cave area which looked like a painting, even in real life. The colors were extraordinary – I believe they were sandstone. The walls of the cave had tones of green, red, sandstone, some yellows and were dotted with Cormarand and there nests. You have to really look, but there were also sea lions flattened on the rocks, sunning themselves and just being being generally darling. The final cave we entered two kayaks at a time and it was beyond awesome! Inside were three sea lions that I didnt’ even notice initially lounging about. What a great way to spend my birthday! I highly recommend a visit!