Saturday, December 29, 2007

Park #2 - San Diego Wild Animal Park

On December 28, most of the Gates family went to the San Diego Wild Animal Park because Charise's performing group, Kids Are Music, was performing. It was tons of fun to be together and see all of the animals.

The first thing we did was the Journey into Africa Tour. The entire Kids Are Music group boarded a tram for the 2 1/2 mile ride where we were able to see tons of animals in a wide open setting, with most of the animals together just like in the wild. We saw cheetahs, rhinos, giraffes, water buffalos, zebras, elephants, and various types of exotic animals that somewhat look like deers of all shapes, color patterns and different horns. The coolest thing was how we saw them all up close.

After that we spent the day walking around the different exhibits of the park including the lions, tigers, and elephants.

The W.A. Park is very hilly and the different areas are extremely spread out. The pictures somewhat show that; the three rhino pics are each in completely different areas of the park. (Of course, I have no idea why I was so infatuated with the rhinos and failed to get good pics of the lions or baby elephants.) Naturally, the kids got very tired and worn out. By the time of the elephant show, Leland was too tired to really care about watching her favorite animals (see video at bottom).

The KAM show was great fun for Leland to see the performers. Afterwards, we spent the night in a San Diego Marriott Residence Inn with the Conleys, Hocks, and Johnsons (3 of Chuck's sisters) because we were heading to the SD Zoo the next day. That was especially fun to spend more time with the family.

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