Go Chargers Go!

Trip Start Dec 22, 2006
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Trip End Feb 10, 2008


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Sunday, January 14, 2007

As we were headed into San Diego, we heard on the radio that the Superbowl playoffs were on.  Conveniently enough, the San Diego Chargers happened to have a game at home today - against the New England Patriots.  Not wanting to miss out on the excitement, we ventured past the Qualcomm stadium and were amazed not only at the amount of cars in the parking lot, but at the sheer size of the parking lot.  .  As we were passing the stadium, San Diego got their first touchdown and we could hear the roar of the crowd and see smoke in the air from the touchdown fireworks.  Pretty cool.   It would have been much cooler if we were actually inside the stadium at the game.  We take what we can get and afford.
 
Alive with the buzz of Charger fever, we decided to head downtown to watch the game at a local watering hole in the Gaslight district.  The downtown core is very beautiful and well kept.  Parking was not a problem, even for 'Nilla, but we gather that is because the rest of the town was parked at the stadium.  We hit the first place we reached, which was a martini lounge called Visions.  The lounge is generally closed on Sunday, but not this day.  NFL rules.  The best part was that the kitchen was not open, so patrons and staff alike were ordering pizza from Cito's Pizza across the way.  The vibe in the lounge was great, everyone doned some form of Charger gear and was fixated on the TV. The TV's were at max volume and still the noise of the crowd made it difficult to hear anything. We only allowed ourselves one cocktail each, which was gone in mintues. It could have been messy if we joined the flow of the crowd. Fortunately, we are both diehard CFL fans. As we left the lounge, we decided to have a slice of pizza ourselves and the poor pizza man was 'sweating like he stole something'.  We made the decision of which pizza to get pretty easy, as he was out of almost everything.  Poor guy was exhausted....all for the love of the game.
 
As a side note, on our way downton we got a tad off-course.  We ended up in a rough looking neighbourhood under the freeway.  After several random turns, we reached a large street lined with palm trees and lit up like Las Vegas....it was the Mile Of Cars.  We drove the mile (which was in reality 2-3 miles) of nothing but new and used car dealerships.  This brought us to some familiar landmarks, which brought us back on track.  At the end of the Mile Of Cars we could see US Navy ships docked in the harbor.  The funny thing was that their guns were pointed both out to the ocean as well as inland.  Is that what you call homeland security??
 
For sleep time, we headed to our first KOA campground of the trip.  Not too shabby.  Apparently the KOA San Diego Metro (which is actually located in Chula Vista, CA) was the flagship KOA.  We were told that KOA was started by a retired police officer with lots of money in his pocket and time on his hands...he's done well.  This was also our first experience with the "Kampers Kitchen".  What a novel idea it is to have a common kitchen for campers to prepare food (check out the photo).  It's also a great place to meet fellow campers, which is where we happened to meet Christopher and Deb from Massachusetts.  They are a super nice couple that are traveling by motorbike.  This is the first campsite we have been to where we've actually gotten to know fellow campers.  It's a different story when everyone has a trailer / RV that they live in and don't bother spending time around a campfire.
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