San Diego

Trip Start Jan 24, 2009
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Trip End Mar 29, 2009


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Friday, March 27, 2009

I didn't realize that San Diego was so cool!  There is so much to see and do here.  I briefly visited the California Mission Church here (what a surprise!) years ago but didn't check out the city. I camped on the beach at Silver Strand State Beach for the three days I was here.  This is in the middle of the peninsula that creates the San Diego Bay.  The park is surrounded by military installations and the quaint town of Coronado.  The "campground" is pretty basic, just a parking lot with no amenities really, you need to be self contained and no tents allowed.  Can't get any closer to the beach though unless you drive on it and it goes on for miles!  I've camped on both coasts this trip, how cool is that!

I've always heard about the "World Famous" San Diego Zoo, so I had to check it out. Nobody told me, but the park is situated down in its own ravine and you have to hike up and down hills all day long, FRAK!  It was pretty hot that day and all the animals were either hiding in their caves or practically passed out.  When this zoo opened 20 years ago, I think it must have been innovative with the more natural surroundings for the animals, but frankly, I think it was a little dated.  It was great to see some exotic animals that are pretty rare, but I don't think I'll be returning anytime soon.

  After that ordeal, I needed a break and headed for the Hotel Del Coronado.  What a great place!  This hotel is filled with history from visits by the most famous Hollywood stars and political figures of the past 120 years.  This place is really posh, with rooms starting at $250 a night.  If you're really well heeled, you can get your own private villa on the beach!  The restaurants are nice and the bar is really cool.  I enjoyed it so much, I came back the next day and spent the entire day on the beach there and just hung out at the bar!


I really just wanted to relax, so I'll save the other attractions for later visits.  San Diego is just five hours from Phoenix.  Speaking of which, on the way here I passed by the historic Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona and also  through the Imperial Sand Dunes.  Neat!

Well, I've got two more stops along the way up the coast till I reach home.  Stay tuned for more fun!

~JQ
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Silver Strand State Beach

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