We were up early, cooked some breakfast and got ready to spend the day at the zoo. It was only a 5 min drive from our hotel. On the first turn out of the hotel we realised we were staying right by the park where the drunk driver came off the bridge and dropped onto people partying after a bike ride. We'd seen it on the news last night; 4 dead and many hospitalised. Having arrived after dark last night we didn't know how close we were to where the tragedy happened.
We arrived at the zoo about 10.30, we found an ok park quite quickly, it was in the koala section lol After a brief wait Jess and Steven joined us, she set up the entry for all four of us and we were in. It was busy, Oct is free kids month so there were lots of parents taking advantage of that. Having been there many times Jess took control and had a system for using the free buses to go uphill and walking to view the animals while walking mostly downhill. It was a fun day, lots to see at a pretty good zoo we didn't leave til after 3pm.
Instead of going straight back to our hotel we took the bridge over to Coronado. From the bridge there's a fab view of the marinas and city on one side, the naval piers in the other. Coronado itself is a mix of flash homes and naval installations, the beaches are beautiful with white sand.
We took the back way to our hotel, much longer but more colourful through largely Hispanic neighbourhoods then past the naval docks.
Once back we got in contact with Jeff and set up getting together for dinner. We had a shower, it's not been too hot today mostly due to it being overcast but for all that it was good to freshen up.
We got to the restaurant before them, checked out the menu and ordered drinks, mai tai for me and a beer for Pete. Once they were also there it was fun, good to catch up with them not having the MACNA pressure. The pizza was very good and massive but Pete still needed a little more so we got another small one, half was left so that'll be lunch over the next couple of days in LA. The mai tai was super strong so for a second drink I opted for a Long Island ice tea; a much easier drink.
From the restaurant we went to a really great speakeasy Kristy knew about. Getting there was a short walk then through a well signed bar, down the back through all sorts of unmarked doors, up some stairs and we were there. It was pretty cool, outside, very comfortable and super close to the Padres stadium. Kristy recommended the piña coladas so that's what she and I had, like the mai tai at the first place it was super strong but delicious.
A guy there told us about another similar speakeasy a block away where you had to push through a wall of kegs to gain access. It sounded very interesting and we were all keen to head there but Mr Sensible Jeff called time cos they had to work the next day and it was already after 10pm. It was probably a good decision TBH
We said our farewells and drove the few mins back to our hotel, we tried to watch some shows but were pretty tired from the long day at the zoo so crashed out.
Tomorrow we head for LA, two nights there and we will be heading home, our US holiday over for another year.