1. San Diego Zoo. What a beautiful place it is. We spent several hours wandering through only a small portion of this splendid place. What were my favorites? Hmmm, that's a hard question. The meerkats were highly amusing. ADHD kitties, always busy, always hyper focused.
This little guy was on sentry duty and took his job very seriously.
The sleepy koalas didn't seem nearly as concerned about security.
2. Wandering around Coronado. We decided that after a long drive into East San Diego County (very mountainous and much hotter than the city of San Diego itself) that a long walk on the cool, coastal Coronado Island would make a nice contrast. The weather at the beach was our typical June Gloom overcast. But in every block and on every street there are unique homes, some small cottages and others gigantic mansions, and all are architecturally interesting.
3. Sunday was The Professor's birthday. I think he spent it just the way he wanted which included a lunch with friends, phone calls from all but one child (and he sent greetings the only way he could--via email), 'Happy Birthday' messages from friends and siblings. We had had a little party in San Diego too, so the celebration lasted more than one day.
4. We also drove over to Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa State Park this week. Nestled in the coastal hills, connected to Point Mugu State Beach and part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, it's the perfect place to walk in the hills and observe the California native landscape. Because we've been researching what California native plants we would like to add to our back garden, seeing many of the plants in their native habitat was helpful in identifying what we'd been reading about in Gardening with a Wild Heart by Judith Larner Lowry.
5. A wonderful part of being a teacher on an academic schedule is, well, the schedule. Summer afternoons this week have been spent dropping by the local library to pick up this or that book to read, then taking our books (and my knitting) and sitting somewhere either at home on our front patio or in a local coffee place to relax and read. Summer doesn't get any better than this!
So that has been Willow's Two Weeks. Traveling, celebrating (I didn't even mention the TWO graduations we attended in Los Angeles), and relaxing. How have you been whiling away the summer days?