Sun burnt in paradise
Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
6Trip End Jan 17, 2014
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After a hip crunching sleep on the floor at Hunters in San Diego the next day I was ready for a day of touring San Diego, this included having a lovely lunch and dinner with Hunter's family. I was received the grand tour of Hunter’s old college Point Loma which was amazing, the view out to the sea from some of classes would surely result in fails in those classes.
It was a nice relaxed day and in some temperatures more suited to me – still higher thanI would have preferred but now a cool 30ish degrees.
The next day we were off to Sea World, a very well known tourist theme park in San Diego. Here we saw whales adhering to commands and doing back flips and splashing the crowd, the same thing with dolphins but with some people getting more involved in the water getting carried around on them, and a crazy pet show. The pet show was really cool – it featured a lot of once abandoned cats and dogs, as well as pigs, kangaroos and birds. They were all trained to run in and out of certain obstacles and up ropes, down ladders, pull up weights and interact with each other – it was very cool seeing that pets other than dogs could be trained so well.
In the evening we headed to an American sports bar called Kristy’s, although it was rather empty we had a good evening playing pool and hoops while putting on a good mix of country music and the occasional gangsta rap song. I also took a swing at the punching machine and was winning it until a punching machine veteran came and took that away from me..
While I have been in America I have wanted to experience the batting cages, so that is exactly what we did. It was much tougher then I imagined and I rarely connected with a ball – although that may be because I decided I was good enough to handle the top speed pitching in my first attempt in the batting cases, this is throwing balls at over 70mph. With the last pitch I did connect with the ball.. And broke the put a nice crack in the aluminum bat ;).. kiwi power!
I also ventured to a all you can eat buffet at one of San Diego’s large casinos (cant remember the name of it right now). This was an amazing experience, for just 21 dollars it was all you can it, and there was every type of food you can imagine, briefly I had: a pull plate of crab legs, a whole turkey leg with carrots and mash on the side, mac and cheese, a plate of salads, 2 made to order chocolate and strawberry crepes, 4 chocolate covered strawberry’s and a bowl of toffee banana ice cream (well a few mouthfuls that I could manage). Boy… no wonder I am getting obese here, but I’m thinking I will work it off in Canada ;) – actually come to think of it the extra body fat will keep me warming in the cold winter days to come.
Hunter, Kara (Hunter’s girlfriend) and myself went to explore the Midday aircraft carrier. This is a carrier that has been turned into a museum but was involved within the military not that long ago – it was the aircraft carrier that had the planes which dropped the first bombs in the bombing of Baghdad. This thing was seriously huge. I never understood before how so many people could die when a ship is sinking, I always thought you could jump into the water and you would be fine, however after spending a few hours walking down the corridors and deep into the ship it was obvious how many people would get stuck if the ship was sinking.
In the middle of the ship they had a some pretty cool flight simulators that you get strapped into and get to fly a fighter. The cool thing about this game is that when you steer your plane in the game, the whole box you are strapped into moves around and depending on how you fly you will be upside-down in no time. Hunter left his wallet in his pocket during this and his wallet and cards were flying around the whole time were flying.
On the top of the aircraft carrier there were a bunch a planes and helicopters from old to new. It was quite cool seeing the planes in real life that I have seen in many war movies and some of the video games that I play. Some are much larger then I would have thought and even though they are that big it is crazy to see how agile they are.
I know I have brought up food a lot in the blog, and I shall not stop that now. The sushi here is amazing. Its so good, so gourmet, and cheap. I don’t know how this is possible but it is. We went out for a lunch (twice if I’m honest to the same joint..) and I’m talking 24 pieces of sushi with fresh salmon, crab, avocado, and the rest for 12.50 and this is in a lovely sit-down restaurant. This alone could make me want to live here haha..
On our final day in San Diego we went for another tour of the city, and from the hillside that we were on, which used to be a military look-out but now is a memorial, we could see down into the navel submarine port and there were 3 subs there at the time. And while we were driving across the main bridge of San Diego I took a picture showing more of the navy port with many many navel points – 'MERICA. It was quite interesting to read today that the USA has sent of warship over to Syria just recently and thinking that it could have been one of those and they are still in active duty.
Another experience I had while I was in San Diego was going to a country bar. 90% of people in cowboy boots and hats, and best of all, line dancing :D! I spent majority of the time playing pool and watching everyone, and at the end made a quick appearance on the dance floor, it was good fun, but tough keeping up and knowing what to do. Sometimes people will start particular dances for songs and everyone will join in because they know that dance, and other times certain songs and certain dances. It was a very cool experience in a cool bar where people everyone was just having a good time :)
Back to LA for a few days before it is Denver time!