You should be able to see all of Saturday's photographs here.
Our flight back home was at 3:30 Saturday afternoon, so we didn't have time to go out and do a lot. We decided that since we'd seen only a small and relatively unexciting part of Balboa Park on Tuesday, we could drive up to the interesting part Saturday, wander around, and find lunch before heading for the airport.
Balboa Park brags about having one of the highest concentrations of museums in the country, and they have the right to do so. If you're in the right area, start walking in virtually any direction and you are guaranteed to hit a museum, garden, or building/set of buildings of interest very quickly (see http://www.balboapark.org/in-the-park for links to the whole list of things in the park). There's an outdoor organ pavilion where there are apparently performances on a regular basis. There's about a bazillion museums, including a few different art museums, a model railroad museum, separate science and natural history museums, a bunch of gardens… it just kind of goes on and on.
The buildings are all stunning. A lot of them look they were built in the ~1930s (though I'm not at all certain that I'm right on that: they've got that heavily ornamented neoclassical/Gothic thing going on. The most impressive of these is the building that houses the Museum of Man, a catch-all for all those exhibits that perhaps didn't obviously belong somewhere else. (I would have liked to go into the Museum of Man, sheerly on the basis that any museum simultaneously housing exhibits on torture devices and beer has got to be interesting, but we didn't really have time to make the admission fee worthwhile.) Anyway. The Museum of Man has a fantastically mosaic'd bell tower and dome, and has a gorgeous stone-carved front. No wonder they offer the opportunity to do weddings!
We did go into two buildings: the Timken Museum of Art, and the Botanical Building, mostly on the basis of their being free. The Timken is a tiny (but air-conditioned, which was important) museum housing a handful of paintings and a statue. That said, the Putnam Foundation collection that it houses includes Rembrandt, Reubens, and Copley, among other painters whose names I didn't recognize. We were happy to give them a donation on our way out. The Botanical Building was an impressive building with a huge collection of plants, but was not the most welcoming spot. Even though the slatted roof gave a fair amount of shade, it was open to the air and so was pretty warm. And the signage explaining this or that group of plants was clearly written with the enthusiast in mind. I'm not sure _I_ could tell you what a bract was without a dictionary, and I took a class in intro plant biology way back when! (You can see at least some of the text on a typical sign in the photo album.)
We had lunch at The Prado, an upscale but still pretty tasty restaurant located in the House of Hospitality. (Yes, I thought of Elrond. I know the name's not quite the same, but still.) If the server offers you chips with your sandwich, take them up on it: the taro and potato chip combo is made on site and is excellent.
After lunch, it was time to head to the airport, return the car, and fly home. Everything was reasonably uneventful. We got home in one piece and were probably as happy to see our kitties as they were to see us. I'm glad we went! But home is nice too. :)