Greetings from Sunny San Diego! Go San Diego! Go! OK… so, I’m not really in California right now; but, I wish I was, because the family vacation adventures of the Cooke Boys in San Diego were AWESOME! I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had. Wait… sure I can! That’s why we have the Hey Cameron! blog in the first place; But, before I get too far ahead of myself… WELCOME Ladies & Gentlemen to the Special Edition of Hey Cameron! The San Diego Road Show! Or as they say in San Diego, California… Errr… They say WELCOME there too. I’d also like to take the time to say Merry Summer! People always say Merry Christmas; but, that’s only at Christmas when there’s snow, Santa, and Baby Jesus. I love Summer, and if you live in Texas (like I do) it’s definitely already Summertime, so once again… Merry Summer!
Cooke Family – June 2012 – (l to r) Jason, Cameron, Anna & Jordan
I’ll do my best to stay on track with this Hey Cameron! blog; but, I’m 4.5 years old, so PLEASE forgive me if I veer off into a ridiculous and random tangent about kangaroos, cab drivers, or palm trees. I’ve been diligently working on the blog for almost 2 weeks since I returned from vacation, and it’s a monster! The easiest way to digest The San Diego Road Show is to start with Day One, then go to Day Two, Three… and so on. If you try to read it all in one sitting… A) You’re nuttier than a bag of peanut M&M’s. B) You lost a bet, or C) You are a TRUE fan and follower of Hey Cameron! blog and have been anxiously waiting for this monstrosity of an editorial novel to be released. Personally, I like the people in Group C. Grab your reading goggles, box o’ wine, pillow, blanket, popcorn, a bag of Skittles, and a Red Bull, cuz here we go! GO SAN DIEGO! GO!
Greetings from Sunny San Diego! Go San Diego! Go!
DAY ONE – “I want down!” and “Californians are slowwwwwwww”
I don’t remember sleeping the night before we left. I’m sure I did,because now that I think about it… I recall Daddy waking me up at 5:30am so we could get ready to jump on the airplane. It took me about 17secs to fly out of the bed and start putting on my clothes, which freaked Daddy out; because, I think he was sleep walking and didn’t realize he was having a real life conversation with an over anxious high energy 4.5yr old who has been dreaming about this trip to San Diego for almost 6 months.
Hey Cameron! and Jordan – San Diego Zoo – June 4th, 2012
I’m not sure WHAT was going on at Austin Bergstrom International Airport; but, there were Police everywhere and people were taking off clothes – belts, shoes, jackets, hats… putting money, watches, rings, and their bags to go through this weird machine. THEN… we had to walk through this Star Trek looking force field that beeped if you were a bad person (I think that’s why?).I kinda felt like a criminal. One lady got beeped and they took her away to a special section and then started checking her. Maybe she owed them money? I don’t know. Daddy said it was all because of some REALLY bad people from back in September of 2001 that did some horrible stuff. What they do to you at the airport… Is that legal? Just freaky!
Daddy and Jordan on the airplane @ABIA – Austin, TX
I noticed when we got on the airplane, everybody thought we were famous, because they were all staring at us. Then I realized while I was watching “Yo! Gabba Gabba!” with my headphones on… Jordan was busy screaming “I want down! I want down! I want DOWN Daddy!”. You ever see those families at places and say to yourself… “Phew! I’m glad that’s not us!”. Yeah… we were THAT family. Oh the shame. I think Mommy distracted him with a Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain bar and maybe a bag of Goldfish or a tranquilizer gun. I really don’t know, because Muno and Brobee had some things goin’ on during Yo! Gabba Gabba!, so I had to put my headphones back on and get back to the show. After that, Jordan was SUPER cool once he realized he could see the clouds and the Earth below us. Only thing that could have made the day more stressful… Clowns and Kangaroos. But, as you know… we won’t go there.
Hey Cameron! watching Yo! Gabba Gabba! on the airplane to San Diego
Once we arrived in Sunny San Diego, I realized it wasn’t even sunny. Then the Super Shuttle driver told us they call it “June Gloom”. Didn’t really matter to us. We were in San Diego, and the weather was NOT 97F Texas! In fact, it was about 59F and really comfortable. Must have been the weather, because I noticed… Californians are slowwwwww. It was a little after 12:30pm when we arrived at San Diego International Airport (SAN); but, Daddy’s watch said 2:30pm. They’re like 2hrs behind the speed of Texans. Just taking their time. For the record… this continued for the rest of the week until we got back to Texas.
View of our hotel – Hilton Bayfront San Diego, CA – June 2012
Art Sculpture outside San Diego Convention Center
This was only our 2nd time to stay in a hotel, and what a grand hotel it was! We stayed at The Hilton San Diego Bayfront. I’m not paid by the San Diego Tourist Board; but, I will say that this hotel is perfectly located next door to the San Diego Convention Center and across the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge from PETCO Park – Home of the San Diego Padres Baseball Team. If that’s not enough to tickle your fancy… it’s located within a few minutes walk of San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter. How’s that for some Cameron’s Shameless Free Advertising?
Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge View of PETCO Park – San Diego, CA – June 2012
We went to have some food, and wouldn’t you know it… there was a live band playing on the bayfront outside the hotel. I don’t know about you; but, I hear music… I dance. Jordan joined me with some kinda “chicken dance”. Jordan is funny! Are you kidding me with that chicken dance? Classic. That’s right! Jordan gets the Hey Cameron! “…Are You Kidding Me?” Award for his chicken dance AND his blatantly embarrassing “I want down! I want down! I want DOWN Daddy!” statement on the airplane.
After our “dance-a-thon”, we made our way to the San Diego Convention Center so we could pick up Mommy’s race day package. Oh yeah! I almost forgot! The whole reason we were even in San Diego was for the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. They call it the Rock ‘n’ Roll because there is a band for every mile of the race. In case you forgot too… Mommy was running her 1st FULL 26.2mi marathon as part of Team in Training – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We are all so VERY proud of her; but, we’ll talk more about that coming up.
Mommy (Anna) and Jordan outside San Diego Convention Center
Friday, June 1st, 2012 – 38hr Countdown to Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
What else happened at San Diego Convention Center. Hmmmm… Let me see… Oh yeah! I almost forgot AGAIN! I met a couple of San Diego Chargers Cheerleaders! I asked Daddy if there were going to be anymore cheerleaders, or just the two? Dude looked at me like I was crazy. Oh well… they took a picture with me, so that was AWESOME!
Hey Cameron! with San Diego Chargers Cheerleaders – Just the two?
It’s very rare that you meet people that you just can’t find a bad thing to say about them. People that make you smile when you say their name, or see their face. Nothing but pure love. That’s how me, Mommy, Daddy and Jordan feel about our friends Doug & Loretta Campbell. They drove down from Ventura, CA to spend the entire weekend with us in San Diego, and support/cheer on Mommy in her marathon. Daddy calls Doug “Brother Doug”. Doug calls Daddy “Brother Jase” or “Amigo”. Daddy’s like 80, and Doug is like 100, so a HUGE age difference between these two old dudes; but, it just seems to work, and they are great friends. Probably because they like to talk about cycling, high-tech work stuff, and whatever else old people talk about. I call him Doug, and he’s fantastic! And as for Loretta… one of the kindest ladies EVER! Because of that, I am making them the honorary Hey Cameron! Family Members of the Month. Congratulations Doug & Loretta Campbell! As you read the rest of the blog… you’ll see why they won this prestigious award. Ok, it’s not prestigious; but, it is pretty cool.
Hey Cameron! “Family Members of the Month” – Doug & Loretta Campbell
Just like at home in Texas… you have to eat so you won’t be hungry. We met a couple of guys from Turkey who owned pedi-cabs. That’s really just a fancy way of saying a bicycle that can carry people around town while playing music. I rode with Mommy and Loretta in the front pedi-cab. Daddy was in the back pedi-cab with Jordan and Doug. Only a mile or two; but, a really cool 1st experience for me and Jordan.
San Diego Pedi-Cab Experience – Me (Cameron), Mommy & Loretta – June 2012
1st night dinner in San Diego was at a place called Old Spaghetti Factory in the Gaslamp Historic Quarter. I don’t have that many requirements for a restaurant. Good food. Lemonade (or apple juice), and make sure you have crayons and something for me to color. Is that too much to ask? Old Spaghetti Factory gets 8 Stars for atmosphere, lemonade, good food, crayons and something for me to color, and a throne for a king (ME!) at the entrance of the restaurant. I like the number 8. Thought I should explain that, because most people say 4 or 5 stars.
Hey Cameron! Throne at Old Spaghetti Factory – Gaslamp Historic District
Loretta & Doug with Jordan @Old Spaghetti Factory – Gaslamp Historic District
Must have been the spaghetti combined with a long day of flying from Austin to San Diego; because, after a nice crisp walk back to the hotel, Jordan and I were exhausted! Funny thing is… it was only 8:00pm! Then I remembered… Oh yeah… Californians are slowwwwwwww, cuz it was actually 10:00pm in Texas. Way past our bedtime; but, hey… I’m on vacation!!!
Santa Fe Depot (Amtrak) – San Diego, CA – June 2012
DAY TWO – “If this big boat sinks…” and “Take me out to the ball gaaaaaaaaaame!”
Mommy and Daddy were definitely in California mode. Jordan and I did not sell out, and maintained our status as Texans. This loyalty to our home state of Texas didn’t really help us when we thought it was 6:51am; but, in San Diego… it was really 4:51am. After fearing for our lives, a compromise of going back to bed/watching cartoons on Daddy’s iPad was made so we could make our way LATER that morning over to the Gaslamp District for a special edition of Breakfast Club with Doug & Loretta at The Broken Yolk Cafe. Don’t get me wrong… I missed 620 Cafe in Round Rock, Texas; however, Broken Yolk was great! Just like the night before, Broken Yolk gets a Hey Cameron! 8 Stars for atmosphere, apple juice, crayons and something for me to color, and awesome pancakes and bacon. I’ve never met a piece of bacon I didn’t like (well… maybe that one time in Corpus Christi); but, Broken Yolk has wicked awesome yummy in the tummy bacon.
“Breakfast Club” at Broken Yolk – San Diego – (l to r) Loretta, Doug, Me (Cameron)
Hey Cameron! riding high with Doug outside Broken Yolk – Gaslamp District
Doug & Jordan after breakfast @Broken Yolk – 6.2.12
I believe Mommy had to take care of her race day obligations; therefore, after breakfast, me, Doug, Loretta, Jordan, and Daddy took the trolley system up to the ferry depot for a boat ride over to Coronado. As I sat there waiting for the boat to pull away from shore, I pondered life and realized… WOW! Jordan and I are REALLY lucky! We were having a LOT of fun in San Diego, California, and it was only DAY TWO!
Me (Cameron) and Jordan on the Trolley Car – San Diego, CA
I was feeling VERY thankful, because in less than 24hrs, we had been on 2 airplanes, a pedi-cab, a city tram/train, and now a boat. Then I pondered something else… If this big boat sinks… It’ll be bad! Cuz, then there won’t be enough room under the ocean for all the sharks and fish. Daddy OBVIOUSLY has no regards for the environment and others, because he says to me “Yeah Cameron… Nevermind the 100’s of humans that would inevitably drown”. He’s horrible! Can you please stop thinking about yourself for once Daddy? Geez!
Ferry Boat to Coronado, CA – June 2012
On the Ferry Boat to Coronado – me(Cameron), Daddy (Jason) and Jordan
view from the ferry boat of USS Midway – San Diego, CA
On the way to Coronado Ferry Landing
reverse view of USS Midway and downtown San Diego
Coronado Island, CA – Hey! Those bikes just jumped in my picture!
Welcome to Coronado Ferry Landing! Yep… that’s me (Cameron) in the lower right corner
Walking around Coronado Island
View of Coronado Ferry Landing
Skyline of San Diego from Coronado Island – June 2012
Once we got back to the San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel, we disembarked from our ferry boat in an orderly and polite manner. That’s when I saw the biggest most beautiful boat I have EVER seen in my life. At first I thought it was a space ship; but, then Daddy called it a Yahtzee or Jot… Wait… YACHT! That’s it… YACHT! Floats on water… I call it a BOAT. Whatever you want to call it… It was AWESOME! I know I use that word a lot; but, it really was AWESOME! If Superman had a boat… it would be this yacht. Like a Super Yacht. Apparently, they cost a lot of money, so I shrugged my shoulders and moved on; but, here are some pictures Daddy took of the “SUPER YACHT”.
Is that a boat or a space ship?
Whatever it is… it’s AWESOME!
Oh… it’s a YACHT?
Then I shall call it… “THE SUPER YACHT!”
Later that afternoon, Doug, Loretta, Daddy, Jordan and I went to the biggest and greatest baseball stadium I have ever seen in my life. PETCO PARK – Home of the San Diego Padres. Granted, I’ve only been to YMCA Twin Lakes and The Dell Diamond – Round Rock Express semi-pro baseball; however, it’s going to be hard to top this as my favorite part of the vacation. We walked across the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge that connected our hotel to the Gaslamp Historic District, and there it was in all it’s glory! PETCO PARK! I was beyond excited!
PETCO Park – Home of the San Diego Padres – June 2nd, 2012
PETCO Park – Padres vs Diamondbacks – 6.2.12
Hey Cameron! 1st MLB Game! Padres vs Diamondbacks 6.2.12
Daddy bought me a San Diego Padres ‘SD’ baseball cap, and from June 2nd, 2012… I don’t think I’ve gone a day without wearing it. He bought Jordan a baseball; but, then Doug & Loretta bought me aPadres t-shirt and Jordan a baseball cap too. It doesn’t get much better than this! Even though the Padres lost 4-2… I am proud to say that I saw my FIRST ever Major League Baseball (MLB) game in San Diego, California. I even ate a super pretzel and a hot dog. Maybe they would have won if they hit the ball more often and didn’t let the other team hit the ball so much. Oh well.
Hey Cameron! with my new San Diego Padres baseball hat
Daddy (Jason) and Jordan at PETCO Park – 6.2.12
For your viewing pleasure… Daddy filmed me making a brief instructional video of “How to run the bases”. Perhaps the Padres should watch it.
Now I see why they call it America’s pastime, because it was a spectacular experience well beyond my expectations that Jordan and I will never forget! Plus, we got to take lots of silly pictures with Daddy, so that’s always fun! AWESOME day!
Hey Cameron! and Daddy (Jason) at PETCO Park – 6.2.12
Cooke Boys @Padres Baseball Game – San Diego, CA – 6.2.12
DAY THREE – “26.2 miles… 26.2 miles!”
Mommy got up about 2:30am on Sunday morning. I don’t care if you’re in California or Texas. That’s EARLY! Nevertheless, this was the reason we were in San Diego. RACE DAY! After all those months of training, it was finally time for Mommy to meet her Team in Training group at 3:30am and head to the start line of The San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Jordan and I pretended to sleep; but, I know Daddy was up talking with Mommy and encouraging her that she was going to do great (even though she had an injured calf). You could see the pride on his face when he came back to the room, and rightfully so. What Mommy was about to accomplish, most people don’t even like to drive in a car! 26.2 miles… 26.2 miles! That’s crazy!
Anna Cooke – #24279 – 3am PT – Pre-San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 6.3.12
Doug showing his support for Team In Training. Go Purple!
Daddy had signed up for race updates via text, so when we got the message that she had started the race at 6:50am Pacific Time, we started making our way to the 3.8 mile mark so we could cheer for her as she passed us. Well… Thanks to Jordan… that didn’t happen! Good thing Loretta and Doug were on the ball, because they saw her run by. Next stop was 7.5 miles. We met up with Doug a couple miles from the hotel, and just in the nick of time… there was Mommy running by us! She stopped for about 10secs and then continued. It was a very cool moment for us all.
“Breakfast Club II” @Broken Yolk on Race Day – Me (Cameron), Doug & Jordan
After all that marathon watching, there was only one thing we could do to ease our weary souls. You got it! Breakfast Club. Why ruin a good thing? So… we went back to The Broken Yolk Cafe. That’s TWO days in a row! Yeah, it’s THAT good. The Usual Suspects were there. Me, Doug, Loretta, Daddy, and Jordan. This time I went with a Belgian Waffle. Lord help me, it was good! And bacon. Can’t forget the bacon. Everything’s better with bacon! Well… not everything. I recently heard about a bacon milkshake, and that’s just not right. What’s wrong with people?
Me and Jordan waiting at the Trolley Station – Old Town San Diego
This is where the story gets interesting. After breakfast at Broken Yolk we took the trolley from Gaslamp Quarter up to Old Town San Diego, then got off to catch a bus. Little did we know… we had to walk to the finishing line at Sea World. By now, the stroller hauling me and Jordan was destroyed and only had 1 out of 3 working wheels. Daddy and Doug did a relay race – trading off turns to push the buggy approx 5 miles. It was so frustrating that Jordan almost stole a pedi-cab; but, he couldn’t reach the pedals, so that was a bust! For all the complaining we did about the distance, it was nothing compared to the selfless suffering that Mommy did for 26.2 miles. When we saw her coming towards the finish line, it was a VERY special moment. Daddy lifted me over the fence so I could run across the line with her at 12:37:08 PT, with a race time of 05:46:47. That’s almost 6 hours of running. WOW! We can now PROUDLY say… we live with a Marathoner! Mommy is definitely a ROCKSTAR!
Mommy (Anna) crossing the finish line at 12:37:08 PT, with a race time of 05:46:47
Hey Cameron! congratulating Mommy (Anna) at the finish line – 6.3.12
Cameron & Anna after San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 6.3.12
Anna Cooke – ROCKSTAR #24279 – 26.2mi – 05:46:47 – 100% Pure Marathoner!
CONGRATULATIONS South Central Texas Team in Training! San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – 6.3.12
That night, we met Doug and Loretta at a place called Karl Strauss Brewing Company in the Gaslamp Quarter. By now, all of us were bushwhacked from the long day of the marathon event. Most of us would have fallen asleep if it wasn’t for the brilliance and radiant shine of Mommy’s marathon medal. She now has her own Mr T starter kit with that 26.2 mile marathon medal. I liked it! Not saying it goes with everything; but, if you got it… flaunt it! I think I fell asleep after that, because I don’t remember anything else that happened for the rest of the evening.
Hello! My Name is ANNA. I am a marathoner. Have you seen my medal?
Loretta @Karl Strauss Brewing Company – 6.3.12
Post Marathon Dinner @Karl Strauss Brewing – Cameron & Doug – 6.3.12
DAY FOUR- “KANGAROO! KANGAROO!” and “Mexican food is better in Texas”
Day Four began with mixed emotions. We were checking out of Hilton Bayfront Hotel, moving over to Embassy Suites, AND it was our last day with Doug and Loretta. Lucky for us, we were planning on spending a FULL day at San Diego Zoo before they headed back up to Ventura, California, so the Cooke Family was definitely looking forward to the day’s excursions. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day; but, after already eating at the same place for two days straight… We figured that Broken Yolk for a third day in a row was a bit played out. Instead we went to Vela Restaurant. It was really nice! They had a buffet, so Jordan and I had yogurt, bagel, pancakes, waffle, bananas, apple juice, and of course… bacon. After seeing what Jordan and I could put down, my theory is that the Vela Restaurant will soon be changing their “free buffet breakfast for kids under 5” policy. Daddy got some kind of raisin packed french toast. He always eats crazy stuff. Mommy went with a fresh made omelet. It’s breakfast people. Can’t really make it any more exciting than that.
“Breakfast of Champions” at Vela Restaurant – Hilton Bayfront – San Diego, CA
Hey Cameron! Breakfast @Vela Restaurant – 6.4.12
Which reminds me. I had to call Mommy out at breakfast. It’s a known fact that I have a tendency to “speak my mind”; but hey… I’m FOUR. Mommy… she’s like 29, and just flat out lies! OK, lie is a harsh word. Let’s say… “substantially elaborates the truth”. I absolutely LOVE my little brother Jordan; but, I couldn’t take it any longer and had to ask Mommy… “Mommy, WHY when all I see is ‘scribble scrabble’ do you say ‘Good job Jordan! That looks GREAT!’. It’s NOT great Mommy! It’s ‘scribble scrabble’!” She then quoted Shakespeare, or Oprah by saying “Cameron… Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I was like WHAT? Delusional. Scribble Scrabble I tell ya!
Jordan “The Artist” – Beauty in the eye of the beholder? Or ‘Scribble Scrabble’?
After breakfast, Doug and Loretta drove us to San Diego Zoo. I’ve been to Austin Zoo… interesting. San Antonio Zoo… rated in the Top 5 WORSE zoos in the world. That’s not very good. San Diego Zoo… NEVER seen anything like it! It is definitely the best zoo I have ever seen in my life, and you’ll have to bring your A to Z game to beat that experience. From the time you walk in, it’s like you’re in the middle of a tropical rainforest. Within seconds, we saw a peacock crossing the road in front of a double-decker tour bus. It was going to be a GREAT day!
Hey Cameron! and Jordan @San Diego Zoo – June 5th, 2012
Peacock vs Bus. Who Will Win?
Rainforest @San Diego Zoo, CA – June 5, 2012
San Diego Zoo – Lush Gorilla Compound – 6.4.12
San Diego Zoo – LUSH Rainforest home for the Gorillas
First things first, we made our way to the double-decker shuttle bus area. That was AWESOME! It goes around the entire zoo with open-air seating giving you close up and front row seating for the animals. We saw elephants, antelopes, camels, rhinoceros, cheetah, polar bear, regular bear, leopard, lions, hyenas, giraffes, and far too many animals for me to list and show pictures of here.
Hey Cameron! “These Animals Bite” – San Diego Zoo – 6.4.12
JORDAN – Careful. This Animal Bites!
Then I saw it… KANGAROO! KANGAROO! I’m not sure who saw who first. Our eyes locked on one another, and I instantly faced my greatest fear… the kangaroo. Contrary to popular belief, they’re not that scary when you’re in the safety of a double decker tour bus. Plus, the kangaroo was behind a fence. Oh… and did I mention the kangaroo was on a leash? Not sure if that was for my safety… or his.
Riding the Double Decker Bus w/Doug @San Diego Zoo
Jordan watching from the Double Decker Bus @San Diego Zoo
After taking the initial double decker tour bus that toured the San Diego Zoo, we jumped on the Express Bus. This was a really cool experience, because it stops at 5 different areas within the 100-acre zoo complex. More than anything, we all wanted to see the Panda Bears. Why? Because they’re cool. We waited quite a while to see them; but, it was well worth the wait! One of them was asleep the whole time. I couldn’t sleep with all those people staring at me, being all loud, and flashing cameras (Daddy). I’m just saying. The other Panda Bear couldn’t care less that we were there. He was sitting in a bathtub full of bamboo just staring at us and crunching away on bamboo.
PANDA BEAR – “Bamboo Lunch” – San Diego Zoo – 6.4.12
Hey Mr. Panda Bear… there’s no water in that tub!
Doug, Mommy and Jordan at The Panda Bears
Hey Cameron! Check out the lazy Panda sleeping in the tree
Hey Cameron! & Jordan @San Diego Zoo – June 4th, 2012
After the Pandas, we saw quite a few other animals throughout the massive zoo; but, to me, the Orangutans and the Gorillas were AWESOME! The Orangutans were all over the place, playful, and really funny! The Gorilla… dude was serious as all get out! Not sure if they were related or what; but, he and Daddy had a stare down. Naturally, Daddy lost, cuz the Gorilla had no interest in blinking, or flinching.
ORANGUTAN – what a fun word to say!
Daddy having a stare down with a Gorilla. Sorry I didn’t get a picture of the Gorilla.
GORILLA – San Diego Zoo, CA
Overall, our San Diego Zoo excursion was fantastic! I HIGHLY recommend to anybody who is going to San Diego. You’ve gotta go!
Cooke Family – San Diego Zoo – June 5th, 2012
Doug and Loretta dropped us off at the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay, and I was VERY sad to see them go. They had become honorary members of our family for the past 4 days, and it was really weird to see them leave. After everything you’ve read in the blog… NOW do you see why Doug and Loretta Campbell are the honorary Family Members of the Month? THANK YOU Doug & Loretta for an awesome time with the Cooke Boys!
“Brother Doug” and “Brother Jase” – San Diego, CA – June 5th, 2012
As tough as it was to see our friends leave us after 4 days of pure fun… Mommy knows best, and had the perfect healing remedy for our sad hearts… MEXICAN FOOD! We were told by the concierge (who had lived in San Diego for practically her whole life) that the best Mexican restaurant was in Old Town San Diego. In fact, the restaurant was called Old Town Mexican Cafe. The atmosphere was electric! Once again, they had all the ingredients for a Hey Cameron! 8*Stars dining experience. Tortillas, rice and beans, crayons and something for me to color, great atmosphere, and wait for it… PINK lemonade and a TV with the LA Kings hockey game in the background. SOLD! Mommy and Daddy were all excited about some kind of slushy drinks called “Mexican Martini and Margaritas”. Whatever. Anyway, I think Mexican food is better in Texas; but, Old Town Mexican Cafe and Cantina definitely gets my recommendation and the Hey Cameron! 8*Stars approval rating.
Daddy (Jason) attacks a tortilla chip @Old Town Mexican Cafe & Cantina
Mommy (Anna) @Old Town Mexican Cafe & Cantina – Old Town San Diego – 6.4.12
DAY FIVE – “Crazy Pepsi Lady” and “Hey! I’m going to see SHAMU!!!”
Day Five was our last FULL day in San Diego. I won’t bore you with what I had for bacon, because you already know what I had for bacon. Moving on… this was one of the days Jordan and I were MOST excited about. Why? Four AWESOME words. Sea World San Diego! Code Word: SHAMU. As Randy would say on American Idol… it started out a bit pitchy… but, we worked it out! Mommy and Daddy thought it would be fun if we took the trolley service up to Old Town, and then transferred via #9 Bus that drops you off right in front of Sea World. Gotta tell you though… it was weird without Doug and Loretta.I mourned for about 1min 51sec, and then I remembered “Hey! I’m going to see SHAMU!!!”.
“Deep Thoughts” by Hey Cameron!
Jordan and I were pretty excited at the idea of being on another train; however, that’s when the incident with “Crazy Pepsi Lady” occurred. We were standing at American Plaza Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), minding our own business, waiting on the Blue Line up to Old Town, when all of a sudden, a crazy homeless lady looked straight at me from the other side of the track, and THREW a 2-liter Pepsi bottle at me! We were all in shock!
Daddy and Jordan at American Plaza Station (prior to “Crazy Pepsi Lady”)
Good thing Mommy has jungle cat marathon quickness, because it barely missed me! My heart was racing like a rabbit; but, we just couldn’t understand what made her throw something at a 4.5yr old, let alone a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi? Maybe I was looking at her wrong? Sorry. People Watching is free, and I’m not going to apologize for that. In fact, if People Watching was an Olympic sport, me, Mommy, Daddy, and Jordan would have a couple of Olympic medals – cuz, we’re THAT good at People Watching! One of the Metropolitan Transit System workers came over and talked to us about what happened. I think the Police went looking for her. Oooooh… That lady is gonna be in trouble! She needs to be put in the penalty box! Or jail!
Me and Daddy BEFORE Shamu jumped out of the water
Me and Daddy AFTER Shamu jumped out of the water
Shamu “One Ocean” Show @Sea World San Diego – 6.5.12
Crazy Pepsi Lady aside, the trolley and bus ride was yet another fun and exciting experience for me and Jordan. The #9 Bus dropped us off at the front gate of Sea World. That’s when the magic began! First thing we saw was the Shamu “One Ocean” Show at the appropriately named Shamu Stadium. Highly entertaining and definitely recommended by Hey Cameron!
Mommy, Jordan and Me at Shamu Stadium – 6.5.12
Daddy and Jordan at Shamu Stadium
If you can’t tell… I’m just a LITTLE bit excited about seeing Shamu
Sure, Shamu is my favorite animal on the planet, so I’m a little bit biased; but, I don’t care who you are… there’s no denying that big fish can put on a GREAT show! Words can’t truly describe the awesomeness of Shamu; therefore, hopefully my pictures and video bring it to life for you.
1… 2… 3… 4… That’s a lot of Shamu!
Shamu sunbathing at Sea World San Diego
Shamu and Shamu flying at Shamu Stadium
And for the Grand Finale… SHAMU x 2!
When I think of Cirque de Mer, I think of acrobats. When Daddy thinks of Cirque de Mer, he thinks of clowns. Yeah, I can kinda see that! What we didn’t know… Jordan and Daddy BOTH have a fear of clowns. Jordan was clinging to Daddy like he saw a bunch of ghosts walking towards him! Meanwhile, Daddy was holding on to Jordan like he saw… well… a bunch of clowns walking towards him. Mommy was calm and cool (as always).
Cirque de Mer @Sea World San Diego – 6.5.12
Daddy and Jordan’s worst nightmare… CLOWN!
CORRECTION: Daddy and Jordan’s worst nightmare… ANOTHER CLOWN!
Clown… Alien… Acrobat… or Super Hero?
For me, I think acrobats look like clowns; but, they are like super heroes, because they can fly all over the place and do flips and cool stuff everywhere. Even Daddy had to admit that although their appearance was quite frightening, they REALLY know how to put on a fantastic show. Cirque de Mer – Highly entertaining and definitely recommended by Hey Cameron!
Cirque de Mer acrobat… Reporting for duty! SIR!
Cirque de Mer – incredible acrobats!
Cirque de Mer – How do they do that?
Cirque de Mer – I think this guy might be Spider Man
A beautiful day at Cirque de Mer – Sea World San Diego – 6.5.12
After that, we saw some Sea Turtles, then went by the Bat Rays and got to touch them. We also saw feeding time for the Sea Lions. They make even more noise than Jordan!
Sea Turtle at Sea World San Diego
Touching the Bat Rays at Sea World San Diego
Jordan grinning like a Cheshire Cat by the Sea Lions
Feeding Time at the Sea Lions – Sea World San Diego
Can we PLEASE go see the Sharks now?
Two of my favorite words… Shark Encounter. It’s basically a big aquarium type place where you encounter sharks. Well… not really, because Jordan and I tried to jump in the shark tank with the sharks; however, the glass is 20-inches thick, and Jordan and I can only kick and eat through about 14-inches of glass. Oh well. The Shark Encounter was wicked awesome!
SHARK! SHARK! SHARK!
Me (Cameron) and Jordan… After our failure to enter the shark tank
Awesome view at Shark Encounter – Sea World San Diego – 6.5.12
Daddy’s camera battery died, so we didn’t get a whole lot of pictures of Wild Arctic Experience; but, that is something that shouldn’t be missed. Next time Daddy… get a backup battery. Geez! We got to see a couple of Polar Bears, Beluga Whales, and a Walrus that was sooooooooooo big… we actually thought he was an oversized rock. Then he moved and we realized… Nope. He’s alive. By now, it was late in the afternoon, so we slowly made our way up to the Dolphin Stadium so we could watch Blue Horizons. Another spectacular Sea World show with very talented dolphins, birds, acrobats, and divers. If you think you’re exhausted reading about all this stuff… try doing it all. Jordan and I were bushwhacked!
We thought this was a rock. WRONG! It’s a WALRUS! He’s HUGE!
Don’t tell me… there’s a Polar Bear behind me… isn’t there?
Earlier in the week, Mommy had mentioned that we could get something from either the San Diego Zoo, or Sea World. I knew all along that I was going to hold out for Sea World, because they have Shamu and sharks. Sure, the zoo is cool; but. deep down, I think Mommy and Daddy knew there was about a 99.99999% chance that I was going to leave Sea World with a shark. Jordan also got a shark. NICE! It was a really great day at Sea World with SHAMU, dolphins, polar bears, sea turtles, sea lions, walrus, bat rays, belugas, and of course SHARKS!
Hey Cameron! and “Mr Shark” at Sea World San Diego – 6.5.12
What a fantastic way to end what was for me… the best week of my entire life. Thank You! In case you’re wondering about Cameron’s Shameless Free Advertising for this blog entry… I think it’s pretty obvious. Cameron’s Shameless Free Advertising for the Hey Cameron! Special Edition blog goes to The City of San Diego! Go San Diego! Go! What an AWESOME week in an amazing city! Lasting memories from a wonderful family vacation. On the way back to Texas, I was even rewarded as a TSA Junior Officer at the San Diego Airport. There’s just one more thing left to say… I LOVE SAN DIEGO!
Hey Cameron! TSA Junior Officer – Since June 6, 2012
Hey Cameron! and Jordan @ABIA – Back Home in Austin, Texas! – 6.6.12
I trust and hope you SURVIVED and enjoyed my recap of The San Diego Road Show! Take care my friends and family members! Until we blog again…
Hugs, High Fives & Kisses,
Cameron & Jordan