On Thursday, Janet had to work a full day, so we woke up pretty early because of the time difference and went for a run out on the cliffs in Ocean Beach, our where Janet lives. She runs out there a lot. It reminded us of our marathon just because it was running right along the ocean. The weather was cool, but sunny, so we warmed up pretty quickly. Then we went back to the hotel, showered, and got ready to go to breakfast. We picked a place called Hash House A-Go-Go because it was on Diners Drive In's & Dives! We had to wait for about 20 minutes which apparently is not bad. On the weekends I guess people wait for hours! We didn't really know what to expect. It was kind of in an older looking house, so we were thinking it would be kind of diner like with your basic, good home-made breakfast. Little did we know, it was pretty upscale! We sat at the bar which we really liked because we got to watch the waitress make all the cool drinks. Tony got an egg scramble with mashed potatoes! and a biscuit. I got a pancake with blackberries and granola with a side of eggs and bacon. The pancake was so huge!! It was literally bigger than my head and the plates were enormous! We left feeling stuffed and ready to go walk it off at the zoo. We spent about 3 hours at the zoo. Seeing all the animals. They really have things spread out and there is a lot of just areas with trees inbetween the exhibits. Tony had been looking foward to seeing the polar bears the most! They have a tank where you can see the polar bears swimming around underwater which was really cool. We got to lucky because when we walked up the big polar bear was in the water trying to get at something that was in the corner of the tank. He was right up against the glass for a long time. We fought our way to go see him and take some pictures. It was so neat to be that close with only a pieces of glass separating us from him! We also took the Sky Tram over the zoo. It was kind of scary because it was pretty high up, but it saved us from walking from one end of the park to the other! We were worn out after walking all around that zoo! We didn't realize how big and spread out it would be.
We had a second hotel to check into for the rest of the weekend, the Courtyard Marriott at Liberty Station. It's a newer, traditional hotel pretty close to Janet's area. We wanted to check it out too for my parents when they go to visit. We relaxed and napped a little bit before Janet got home from work. We met up with Janet and David, saw David's place, and then went to a bar called the Tipsy Crow with them and Janet's roommated and one of David's roommates. Tony wanted to check this bar out because they price their beer in a stock market style. The price changes based on how many of the kind of beer they have sold. So the more people buy, the higher the price goes. They have TV's all around showing the prices and the low and high for the day. It was fun to get to hang out with Janet's roommate and get to know her too. After going there, we went to get some dinner at the Blue Parrot. It's in Ocean Beach, down the street from Janet's, and I guess they go there a lot. They had $3 any drinks and $2 tacos...right up our alley! So we all had a great meal there. It was a really low key type of place with some good Mexican. It was pretty late by the time we were done, and we were ready to get to bed.
Friday and the weekend to come!