Mother’s Day at the Zoo

Joy mentioned that there was a Living Social deal for a San Diego Zoo Safari Park for $22 (50% off) and with Mother’s Day around the corner we bought 4. It was going to be a hot weekend so we picked up my parents at 7:30 in the morning to get there by their opening at 9:00am. By the time we arrived the temperature was into the mid 80°s.

safari-zoo-1When we arrived they told us about Bike Race going on that day that would close the parking lot from 11-12pm and you wouldn’t be allowed to leave during that time. We stood inline to exchange our Living Social tickets, until i read the fine print that we could just walked straight to the gate and have them scan my phone and get in right away.

safari-zoo-3The park was still opening up and we made our way to the Tram ride to get on before it got really hot, and it was a good thing too because the Tram operator made it out to sound like we were lucky to see most of the animals before it got really hot and they went further into the enclosure to seek shade. We got to see plenty of gazelle, the rhino, birds, giraffes and even a cheetah.

My parents told me that I’ve been to the Safari Park back when i was super little so i don’t remember anything about it so it was a fun new experience for me again. I always thought that this was the park where you drove your own car through the exhibits and where animals would come up to your car for a lick, but i guess its been years since that was possible.

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Once the Tram ride was done, we decided to leave the park before the street closures and go to Valley View Casino for a lobster buffet. It was going to get into the 100° and didn’t need to spend the whole day at the zoo since the Tram ride was the most important thing to do. On our way out of the park we did manage to stop by the elephant exhibit and enjoyed the baby elephants running around the bigger ones trying to find shade.

valley-view-2We arrived to Valley View Casino just after the buffet opened and ended up waiting for an hour.  By 12:30pm they cut off the lunch line and only allowed people with a players card reservation in until dinner started at 3:00pm. I knew this would happened and why we left the park so early. We probably ended spending more time eating then at the zoo, but you have to know your priorities. I gorged myself on four plates of food and plenty of dessert to make it worth it. Once we were done eating we each blew $20 on slots and went home.

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Vegas Birthdays

Early in October Jonathan asked if i could go to Vegas for his birthday (and to celebrate Thomas and mine) on the first weekend of November but with Shelly’s wedding that weekend i had to decline. Towards the end of the month we talked again and Janelle said i could just go Friday and fly back on Saturday and with a little thought i figured it was totally possible. So i logged on to Spirit Air and got myself a $38 flight from LAS to LAX.

Friday morning Jonathan picked me up and we headed out to Vegas and got there in a quick 4 hours and met up with Thomas who moved out there in September. We basically had a quick lunch and headed back to the Palms to check-in and to start drinking and relaxing. We finished our bottle of whiskey in an hour and half and were good to go. We hopped on a free shuttle from the Palms to Caesar’s Palace and went to try the new Bacchanal Buffet.

I’ve heard stories of two hour waits to get into the buffet so I had us get there around 5 and found a normal sized line and expected to wait a while still but 15 minutes later we were seated and off to the races. The seafood section was quite impressive with lots Crab legs, freshly chucked oysters, steam mussels, oyster shooters, and lots of other seafood items. The rest of the buffet seemed pretty standard and includes a noodle soup section, lots of charcuterie, and some bland prime rib. Four plates done, and lot of desserts later we were done and headed back to the hotel to take a nap.

We woke up a few hours later headed out to drink more and ended up at the Ghost Bar at the end of the night where we hung out until 2am. To finish off the night Jonathan wanted to get a 20 piece nuggets and watch Lost back in the room.

Saturday morning after breakfast it was time to relax so we met up again in Chinatown to get a foot massage. Its not as cheap as the ones in LA but still just as good. This was probably the first time i didn’t fall asleep in the middle of it. Once we were done we had to race to the airport so i could catch my flight, and so Jonathan could pick up Nelson who was staying for just Saturday night.