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The Travel Diary of Ian Lebold  
San Francisco Bay Area - April, 2009

Ian Using Chop SticksAfter touching down in San Francisco, my family and I immediately headed to SamWo’s for rice rolls. This is our favorite resturant in the city and we couldn't wait to get there.

Sam Wo's was packed with people waiting to place thier order. We were not sure if we could handle the long wait since we were still on East coast time and it was around 11pm PST, but we however lucked out an ended up with two orders of rice rolls as a result of an order mishap. I used chopsticks for the first time! While very late for us, we managed to stay awake an have a good time.

Ian taking a pose

We visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium where we went on a behind the scenes tour. It was intesting to see all the work that goes into operating and maintaining the aquartium. At the end of the tour we got to feed the sardines in the big fish tank - what fun!

I highly recommend the Splash Zone area where kids can splash in the water, play with toy boats, crawl through tunnels, slide down a slide, and dress up like sea creatures. 

Ian in the Splash ZoneAt the aquarium, I especially liked watching thepenguins swim through the water, touching the kelp and seaweed at the touch pools, and watching all the large sea life in the Outer Bay tank.  As an added bonus, we got to see a wild sea otter floating in a tide pool just outside the aquarium doors. 

While in San Jose, my Momma and I visited the Emma Prusch Memorial Park Farm; what fun!  The park is free and there are a lot of fun things for a little guy to do; you can visit the farm animals, feed the chickens and ducks, climb on tractors, play on the playground equipment, and take a walk all around the park.  Mommy and I recommend packing a picnic lunch.  There are plenty of picnic tables and nice bathroom facilities there. 

Also while in San Jose, we visited the San Jose Flea Market where you can find itmes old and new. We purchased some new sandals for the summer and found some great deals on gently used toys. 

Of course a trip to San Jose would not be complete for a child without visiting the San Jose Children’s Museum.  My favorite activity there is the water area with the plastic balls.  My Mommy recommends that parents bring along an extra set of clothes and remove their children’s socks and shoes.  Although the museum provides water smocks, we little ones tend to get very involved in our discovery play! Of course the museum has a lot of wonderful, hands-on exhibits for children of ALL ages.  I highly recommend this museum! 

Before flying out of San Francisco, my family and I enjoyed a pleasant day walking around Fisherman’s Wharf, exploring the boats at the Maritime Historic Park, eating in Chinatown, and riding through the streets of San Francisco on the cable cars.  Times flies when you’re having this much fun!

Good-bye San Jose!  We had a GREAT time again!