The Ocean Beach Vortex

I wasn’t always like this. I used to be pretty flexible when it came to traveling. My friends and I would show up to clubs whenever we felt like it. We were on The List. It didn’t matter when we arrived; it mattered only that we did. After R and I got married, we didn’t have a care in the world so long as one of us was the designated driver. Like Kesha says, the party don’t start ’til I walk in.

All of that changed though after having children. These adorable monsters (kid and pet, alike) woke us up at the crack of dawn so why wouldn’t we head to our destination early? Parking would be easy, no lines, no crowds, and that would mean we would get to leave early as well. 

We took a day trip to “the most wonderful city in the world”, according to our middle daughter. We wanted to go to the San Francisco Zoo but we needed to get there when it opened. About a year ago, I wanted to take the kids to the zoo since we were in the city anyway. That didn’t happen. There was absolutely no parking and there were people everywhere! I could barely drive by the zoo, let alone find parking. 

Less traffic on Labor Day meant that we were almost two hours early. No matter though. We got free street parking, ate a delicious breakfast at Ocean Beach Cafe, and spent a beautiful morning at the beach. 

The weather was amazing. Just a tad warmer than “chilly”, not a cloud in sight. 


I told the kids to not get wet but I knew that would fall on deaf ears. They dug for sand crabs, watched sea gulls fight over giant crabs, and played in the crashing waves like I did throughout my childhood. 
Here’s a little bit of the Pacific Ocean for you.

R and I didn’t count on the zoo being so huge! We were exhausted by the time noon rolled around and we still had a lot of zoo to see. One of the most memorable exhibits was the Primate Discovery Center. Please keep in mind that the animals were not engaging in certain inappropriate behaviors while I was filming. 

Eerie Sounds from Primate Discovery Center at SF Zoo
The sound was deafening at times and eerie at most. I’m glad I caught a sound byte because it is difficult to describe. 

We had promised lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf and that was an utter fail. No parking, so many people. We still were able to get a delicious meal but we know better for next time. 


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