After breakfast with Melanie and Candy at Mission-North Park, we drove north to spend the day at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park, formerly known as the Wild Animal Park. We had two choices--actually Marilyn had them--either the Zoo itself in Balboa Park in San Diego or Safari Park in North County which was happily more or less on our way to Palm Springs. She chose the latter and we were both glad she did.
It was a cloudy and drizzly day in San Diego until mid afternoon when the clouds burned off. As a result, the park was not crowded at all and was easy to get around in. We went to the bird show which I remember as the Birds of Prey show. The current version is more diverse and even more interesting than the old show. I took some pictures but also some video which I will process and post when we return home.
Our big treat, however, was a two hour photo safari out into the exhibit areas complete with a guide. We saw many animals up close and personal and learn a great deal about them. The highlight was feeding a female giraffe.
After a full day, we drove over the mountains and into Palm Springs and checked in the ACE Resort and Swim Club. It has a retro 70's look. Very interesting.