Day 4 was Zoo Day. We got an early start and beat the crowds, which was very nice.
We headed straight to the pandas, which Big Sister had been very excited about. They were sleeping, but they were cute nappers.
We then covered lots of ground and saw all sorts of amazing creatures. Big sister fell in love with the koalas.
Little Brother got tired of walking, so we hopped on the aerial tram and enjoyed the birds-eye view.
After a long zoo day, we treated ourselves to big milkshakes at the Corvette Diner.
We began the next day with an amazing hike, which I'll cover in a separate post because I did a better job photographing that part of the trip. We followed that with a good pizza lunch and a walk around dock to see some boats.
After the hike, we headed to the U.S.S. Midway museum, which was amazing and overwhelming. We walked all over the ship and explored old aircraft on display.
We finally got a dip in the hotel pool, and then ate some good Mexican food in Old Town, for another full day.
Our last full day began with a big pancake breakfast and a trip to the Cabrillo National Monument at Point Loma. We kept the hikes a bit shorter, but still explored an old light house and saw some breathtaking views.
We also explored some World War II-era artillery bunkers and learned about the Japanese threat to our country and the importance of the triangulation and communication in the event of an invasion.
After completing some activities to show that they'd learned about the national monument, the history of the area, and the environment, the kids earned National Junior Ranger badges and were sworn in as protectors of our parks and environment.
We ended the day, and the trip, with a shuttle ride to Harbor Island for the Big Bay Boom Independence Day fireworks spectacular. We were amazed at how beautiful it was before dark, after dark, and when lit up with impressive fireworks.
It was a great ending to a great trip.