Happy Birthday to Me!

July 14, 2009

Here we are, finally, at the one blog post all year that gets to be all about me.  (Oh, who are we kidding they are all about me!)

This year’s celebration took place over the weekend prior to the actual day.  We started out by doing the MS Walk on Saturday morning (see this post for details).

After the walk, I dropped Debbie and Sophie at home for their afternoon nap and headed up to the Wild Animal Park.  I met my friends Teri and Tom there so we could go on the Segway tour.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Segway, it is basically a two wheel scooter you stand up and drive around on. Tom demonstrates one in the photo below.

So, even though the Segway is ridiculously easy to use, they make you spend the first hour of the tour in a “training” session, which pretty much consists of doing figure-eights around little orange cones to prove you’re not a complete moron.

After we were fully trained, and had signed our 12 page waivers, we headed out on the tour. Our main route followed the old monorail path. When they took out the monorail, they removed the actual rail, but left the concrete pad. We followed this path around the perimeter of the park, stopping every once and a while to look at the animals.

On of the first animals we encountered was the Cheetah. There were three of them, and they were just lounging around in the shade having their afternoon nap.

We then circled around and followed the perimeter of the park, where we saw Rhinos, Giraffes and all the other assorted critters.

Finally it was time to pack it in and point our Segways home.

On our way out of the park, we went past the nursery, where they were feeding a baby cheetah. Very cool.

After our tour, we reconnected with Debbie, Sophie and a bunch of our friends at the On The Border in Escondido for a little birthday dinner.

Sophie was very cute in her party dress.

We wound up sitting out on the back patio, which was great because we had it all to ourselves, but it was a little sunny.

On Sunday, we went up to the Carlsbad 5000.  Check out this post for more details on that.

Finally, on the day of my actual birthday, we took our bikes and went down to Harbor Island and rode around.

We stopped at one of the restaurants at a marina for a little lunch overlooking the boats.

There are some great views of the downtown skyline from the shore of the island.

Well, that’s about it for this year’s birthday. Thanks everyone for making it a great one!

Click below for a link to the full album.

2009-04-06 Kevin Birthday


  1. GREAT pics Kev!!! I am totally impressed with the Cheetah pictures 🙂

  2. Awesome Segway tour! I’ve always wondered if they’d be hard to use. Nice zoo photos as well, mr. wildlife photographer! As always, Debbie and Elizabeth look great!

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