The little ones and I went to a fantastic place this week looking to have an adventure. It was a magical wonderland full of lollipops and gargoyles. Well, no lollipops but there were definitely gargoyles! We ventured to Balboa Park,  hugely important point of historical interest here in San Diego. Here is what wikipedia has to say about it..

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation green belts, gardens and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants. Placed in reserve in 1835, the park's site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use.

But really it's so much more. Wonderfully landscaped lush gardens, fully stocked lily padded koi ponds, imposingly intricate carved facades on century old architecture... and that is only the entrance. And how amazing is it that on every Tuesday two or more of the world famous museums are free to SD residents? What a perfect escape for me and the littles. But we definitely weren't the only ones with this idea. Boy oh boy was the park packed! It seemed like every school, retirement home and naval ship unloaded at the same time into the plaza. Talk about people watching! Gotta be one of my all time favorite activities.

All in all the day was great. Lou got her willy nillies out running rampant with all the other school kids in the Ruben H Fleet Science center. Mama got a major work out lugging the little brute around while snapping lots of inspo pictures and both kiddos sacked out for extra long naps so I could have my own little 'frappe' moment and read the latest edition of Country Living magazine undisturbed. Ahhhhh..... heaven, I'm in heaven.