Play Day 3: downtown & Coronado
I began at the breakfast buffet and ate as much as you might expect I would eat the day after running 50 miles - about twice as much as everyone else. It was pretty epic.
We started out at the Maritime Museum, which is a series of ships that you can walk through to learn about the sailing and shipping trades around southern California. It turned out to be fascinating! I want to build a wooden sailboat now.
|Star of India was the largest ship|
|The HMS Suprise was also used on set of a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and Master and Commander of the Far Side of the World|
|So much rope!|
|I'm just like Johnny Depp now|
|Guy out on the front of the ship hanging rope|
|That mast was GIANT|
|The anchor was huge too|
After that we walked down to the Midway Museum, but didn't want to pay to get on. I've seen aircraft carriers on the east coast before. It was just as cool from the side of the road.
After that we took a ferry out to Coronado Island. Fun fact, there isn't a house for sale on the island for less than a million dollars. It's a really nice and fun place to hang out. There is a little touristy space near where the ferry docks, and we soon found a great spot for lunch.
|Coronado Brewing Company was amazing. I had the fish tacos in addition to this wonderful IPA.|
|Mom playing with pictures.|
|Inside the Hotel Del|
|Facing the Pacific ocean|
|There were some really cool sandcastles for MLK weekend|
|Mom and I got our feet in the Pacific Ocean|
|The Hotel Del Coronado from the beach|
|the San Diego skyline|
|cool bench with planters that I want to build for my garden|
|MLK parade car|
Play Day 4: whale watching
Kelley likes it when I pick her up a local college sweatshirt from wherever I travel too. I think she wants one from every state, which is ok by me. We started off today by heading to the San Diego State Aztecs campus, and we eventually found the bookstore and a great sweatshirt. I got an aztec tank top too. Really a beautiful campus and a cool part of the city!
|Mom goes back to college|
One of the things we said we wanted to do before getting out here was to go whale watching. This is the migratory season for gray whales so they were supposed to be particularly active. We booked this tour in advance and were really looking forward to it. What we got did not disappoint.
|On the boat for a 3 hour tour|
|a sailboat shipyard with no docks. How do they get back to shore?|
|The peninsula that contains the Cabrillo national monument we toured on day 1|
|Dad chilling on the back of the boat.|
|This actually shows Mexico in the distance too|
|Mom hates this picture|
|First whale sighting|
|That's a whale cresting|
|Closeup of the back of a Gray Whale|
|After the tour we got dinner at a restaurant near the marina|
After the whale tour, found a place called Jimmy's American or something like that. Apparently it's pretty famous, and I could see why. The ahi burger was fresh off of the boat, and amazing. I could get used to eating that much fresh fish.
I ended up turning in the rental car after that so I wouldn't have to mess with it the morning of the flight, and it turns out the return place was in walking distance of our hotel. And I happened to walk past the Ballast Point Brewery, but ended up not going in for a pint (regret - next time).
Fly back on Day 7 - Tuesday
My flight left at 7:45 am pacific time, but my body was still on eastern time so I had no trouble getting up and out of the hotel. Made it to the airport before the sun came up, and landed in Raleigh about 6 hours later after the sun had already gone down. Planes were smooth and on time. I went back to work Wednesday without missing a beat.
Overall, I can see why so many people said I would enjoy San Diego. This was an absolutely wonderful trip. I am grateful to get to spend so much time with my parents. My expectations were set pretty high, and the city really exceeded everything I could have hoped for. Part of doing the 50 state thing is getting to experience as much as possible of the local environments, and this was an incredible way to see California. Sure there were stereotypes of lots of guys in matching flannel shirts with trucker hats. But the weather was great, the food was incredible, the landscape was breathtaking. I met plenty of locals during the race and they were all very nice. It was easy to drive around. I can't say enough good things about the area! This was a wonderful trip and I really hope I get to go back someday (and hope I can talk Kelley into flying out with me).