I've mentioned previously that in past years we have spent the month of January, on vacation, in San Diego. It's a beautiful city, with spectacular water views, wonderful restaurants and a plethora of places to go and to see.
We would always leave a few days after Christmas and return on the first of February. This really never gave enough time to enjoy our Christmas at the Cottage and if we did decorate, it wasn't in the usual style we are accustomed to. So this year we decided not to go. Even though it gave us the time we needed at home, I don't mind saying that I really miss the wonderful time we spent there. For that reason, I've decided to take myself on a return "virtual vacation" and am inviting you to come along.
We pack up the motorhome, hitch up the car, load Buddy in, being sure not to forget his favorite toy, and off we go.
We stay at the Chula Vista RV Resort. It's a beautiful RV park right on San Diego Bay. At night we can see the lights of Tijuana to our left and the island of Coronado to our right. It is almost always "shirt sleeve" weather this time of year.
We are able to look out onto the bay and a beautiful park that we have access to for either a picnic, biking, sun bathing or walking the dog.
As we walk around the park we pass the marina. It's lined with good restaurants and is a beautiful sight at sundown.
A large sculpture of a egret stands next to the marina.
We usually hop on the trolley in the mornings and ride to downtown San Diego for a day of sightseeing and shopping. We buy a ticket for under $20 and we can ride unlimited times during the whole month.
In Balboa Park where the San Diego Zoo is located, the architecture is magnificent.
In Seaport Village the shopping is abundant and there are many colorful art exhibits.
The USS Midway, which is now turned into a museum, is one interesting sight along the downtown waterfront.
Another interesting sight was the art entitled "Unconditional Surrender" by Seward Johnson. It was modeled after the picture in Life magazine, 1945, but sadly it was taken down in 2012, but will be cast in bronze and painted just like the original and returned to it's rightful spot on the waterfront.
To help you get the perspective of just how large a piece this is:
Oh, Captain, you naughty boy!!
The Spirit of San Diego, a tour boat that will take you out for a lovely excursion on the bay.
The skyline of San Diego looking off of the tour boat.
A stop by a Marine aquarium. Aren't these some endearing creatures?
And a beautiful bird that is spotted quite often around the area.
A ride under the Coronado Bridge on the way to the island.
The elegant and beautiful Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island.
The Gas Lamp District. Great restaurants, sidewalk cafes and entertainment.
Little Italy. Every Saturday, the Farmer's Market, fresh vegetables and art and street performers.
After a full day we return to the park and there are still things to do such as potluck dinners, bingo, karaoke and bonfires.
My kitchen in the RV is tiny but tidy and I love to cook there. Things seem to taste so much better than they do at home for some reason.
Picture this: You've just spent a very fulfilling day, shopping and sightseeing and maybe a game of bingo, where you might have won a couple of bucks. You've fixed a fabulous meal with ingredients you bought fresh from the Farmer's Market, you are sipping pinot noir from a crystal glass, and watching the sun go down over the bay...
Now, whose the idiot that said they wanted to stay home??!!
Back to the here and now:
Jake, you have done us proud again. Keeping up your grades while working. And now you are able to buy yourself another car and what a nice one it is.
A 2008 Mustang
Congratulations! We love you.
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