A Day in San Diego

We squeezed in as much as we could, our one day in San Diego.  Son #1 had not visited San Diego since he was a teenager and we visited my brother, his uncle.  And that guy died more than 30 years ago.  It was time for a visit.Screen Shot 2019-02-12 at 11.56.34 AMWe drove around UCSD where Son #2 went to school, parked in a residential area and hiked a short trail near UCSD where we could (barely) see surfers at Black’s Beach, a popular surf spot for students.

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Black’s Beach is at the foot of the cliff.  Do you see the surfer?
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“Shuffle Feet And Watch Out For Sting Rays”

All along the coast, surfers are warned to not surprise the denizens of the ocean floor.  La Jolla is a rich, and beautiful, community.  The beaches are some of the best.Screen Shot 2019-02-09 at 3.02.48 PM    Between UCSD and La Jolla Cove lies La Jolla Shores Park, an easier place to sit on the sand and watch surfers.

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A nice wide beach with decent public restrooms and lifeguards.

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The Children’s Pool at La Jolla’s Casa Beach is protected by a sea wall built in the 1930s.  Seals have taken over the area designed to be a safe place for children to swim. The beach is closed from December 15 to May 15 because it has become a favorite breeding ground for the seals.

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Walk out on the breakwater to see the seals close-up.  Or are they sea lions?

We walked along the waterfront from the Children’s Pool to La Jolla Cove.  Once you get past the stink of the sea lions, it is a delightful area popular as a tourist attraction.

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Pelicans at the Cove.

IMG_5076As is true with most tourist areas, you see people do stupid stuff.

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Even though warned, people get too close. No pictures of people being harmed, though.

We drove over the bridge to Coronado Island for a late lunch.  Because we had eaten a very filling breakfast at Pipes Cafe in North County, we limited ourselves to a gelato cone.  (There’s always room for ice cream.)

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One can ferry over, but we drove.

The historic hotel is still a visual treat.IMG_5080As in many other public spaces, we noticed that the lawn has been replaced with green grass Astro-turf, perhaps due to water restrictions.  Not as appealing as real grass to me, but it does make for a clean environment.  We sat on a bench at the edge of the lawn, licking our cones and watching couples stroll by.

Toward the end of the day, we squeezed in a quick trip to Balboa Park.   bp_central_mapWhat a wonderful resource for visitors and residents alike.  So much to see and do––one could easily spend a week there.  We spent only a couple of hours.  What amazed us was the number of people enjoying the park at dusk.

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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

The open-sided bar next to the Sculpture Garden was hopping, and all the walkways were filled with families and singles out for a Friday evening stroll.  The park hosts sixteen museums.  Some of them rotate free Tuesdays, and the Timken Museum of Art is always free.

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Balboa Park at night.

 

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After all that, Son #1 said he was hungry for poke or ramen, so Son #2, the fastest with his thumbs, used Yelp to find a great restaurant near the park: Hachi Ramen. We sat outside on the little patio and watched the Bankers Hill traffic flow.  Reviews are a bit mixed on the food, but we all liked it, and it hit the spot after a busy day of sightseeing.

 

Date of travel:  January 2019.

 

 

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