After leaving San Diego, my friend Marian and I went a little north to Escondido. Our first adventure was to visit Queen Califia's Magical Circle, a beautiful circle of mosaic sculptures. That's Queen Califia standing atop a 13-foot, five-legged eagle.
The circle is enclosed by a series of snakes.
It was just beautiful, but only open Tuesday and Thursday morning. Fortunately, we timed it just right.
Afterwards, we drove out to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Loved the hairdos on these two!
This lion liked to hang out on top of an old car.
And we got to see the patriarch of the gorillas. Winston is 47 years old, and the oldest breeding gorilla in the US.
I liked this guy's hairdo too!
The flamingos were really vocal!
But the best part of the Safari Park is the area that looks like you are actually in Africa, with all different animals commingling. We took the free tram around the African Plains area twice.
But to get up-close-and-personal with the animals, you have to pay a lot extra. We didn't do it this time -
But 13 years ago, my daughter and I did the special tour, where you get to feed the giraffes.
Their tongues are REALLY long!
The last thing we did was to watch the Cheetah Run. Cheetahs can run 70 mph! This one was so fast he caught the toy right away the first two runs, but on this one you can see him go all the way.