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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY: A Day at Scripps


LOOK, UP IN THE SKY!  IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, NO..... IT'S YOU!  That's right, if you have the guts, if you're tough enough (cluck cluck), you can actually strap on some wings and go for a tandem hang gliding ride at Torrey Pines Gliderport.  Ironically, their website has a BIG RED X on it from my Norton virus protection so maybe it's safer to jump off the cliffs than to visit them on the web!  Here's a safer link if you want more info.



Even if you don't want to risk your life the gliderport is a great place to just hang out and watch.  Check out this short video to see how cool this is.


video

As you can see, it's quite a sight to see and a perfect San Diego experience whether you fly or just watch.  Afterwards take the short drive up the hill to one of my favorite spots.


The Birch Aquarium is often overshadowed by SeaWord but it's still one of my favorite activities and I even have discount tickets for you.  It's the perfect way to spend a few hours with the kids and I'll guarantee you'll see some things you never have seen before....


.....like this seahorse.  See, told ya that there are some incredibly cool things to see.  Yes, this is real!


Stop staring at this guy.  You don't want to hurt his self esteem, do you?  That's a cuttlefish.  Wait, do people eat these things?


Lucky for you if cuttlefish isn't on your menu that Piatti La Jolla is nearby.  With their beautiful outdoor patio underneath the giant fig tree the setting is vacation romantic perfect!  And the food?  Seriously good stuff.


We split the lunch entree and the portion size was still very generous.  Good way to stretch the dollar without giving up the good life.  Oh waiter, more free bread to dip into the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, please!


And now for my table trick.  Can you balance a salt shaker on it's edge like I can?  I learned this in high school and still do it today much to the irritation of my wife.  Here's the trick - you put a tiny tiny bit of salt on the table and carefully scrunch the shaker up to the crystals.  You don't want to crush the salt - you want to find the one edge where the salt fits perfectly with the side of the shaker.  It takes lots of practice (and no fair pouring a tablespoon of salt on the table) but ultimately worth it to see the waitress roll her eyes and wonder if you'll ever grow up.  I guess I didn't.  Oh well....

NEXT FRIDAY - FOODIE FRIDAY!  Come with me to some of my favorite food adventures around San Diego!

1 comment:

On A Lark said...

Great post! i really enjoyed it!