Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Seeing San Diego

Since this is our 4th visit to San Diego, we have seen most of the sights. Or so we thought. Karen keeps coming up with new and different things for us to see.

Saturday, Karen and I went to La Jolla (that is LaHoya for those who aren't familiar with California pronunciations). We wandered through some shops and galleries and then headed down the hill to take a look at the ocean. We kept hearing these weird noises and once we got down on the cliff discovered that there were lots of Sea Lions down there making a horrible racket. There were also hundreds of Pelicans on one cliff and Cormorants on another cliff. It was near sunset so it was really beautiful--if not a bit smelly!! We then went to the Burgundy for an appetizer and adult beverage and girl talk. It was a great girl's day out.

Yesterday we went to Cabrillo National Monument. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the explorer who first discovered San Diego Bay. Today, there are lots of things to see at the Monument. Of course, there is a monument of Cabrillo, a visitor's center which has an astounding view of the Bay and of San Diego. There is also the Old Point Loma Light House which is very interesting. The adults appreciated these things but the kids had a ball down on the beach throwing rocks in the water and finding critters in the tidal pools.

Today, Karen took the twins to a Mommy and Me pre-school class while Michael had to go to a meeting. Grandpa and I stayed with Noah. Noah is really into Mario games on the computer. He is even designing and programming his own games. He designed one for Beyuh (that's me) and I totally failed at it. It is really horrible when a 6 year old can design a game I can't play. Heck, Ethan who is three does better than I do!!

This afternoon, Karen, Noah, Mr. Snowbird and I went to the Maritime Museum down on the waterfront while Michael stayed with the little ones. It was really interesting. There are 5 different types of boats you can go on. There is the Berkeley which was a steam ferryboat built in 1898, the Medea which was a 1904 steam yacht built in Scotland, a B39 Soviet Attack Submarine, the HMS Surprise which was used for the movie Master and Commander, the Far Side of the World, and the Star of India which was built in 1863 and is the world's oldest active ship. The Star of India is taken out at least once a year. All of the ships have been beautifully restored and were really interesting.

Tomorrow, Michael has to work so we will probably just take it easy and laze around the house--well as much as you can laze with 3 very active little ones. Mr. Snowbird somehow or other threw his back out so needs some R & R from our vacation.

While we were out today, Michael made reservations for us all to go on a whale watch on Wednesday. I've been on these on the east coast but never out here. I hope we get to see some. It is a three hour tour (sounds vaguely Gilligan like) so the little ones may get pretty antsy. Sure hope not.

The weather has been beautiful since we have been here and is supposed to continue that way. It is actually warmer here than in Sanibel. Sorry I can't post pictures but I promise I'll post some when we get home.

So, until next time, good bye from San Diego.


gail said...

What cool things to do! I don't know that part of the world at all -- the whale watch sounds like a great adventure, I wonder how different it will be from the east coast trips? And I would have loved to check out those tidal pools!

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Sounds like you're having a great time.The whale watch trip sounds great!

The Farmer Files said...

Enjoy whale watching...it gets cold on the water in SD. We just went on a whale watching trip on Sat in Maui. It was amazing.

Mare said...

What fun!

And see? And here you thought that you wouldn't have anything new to see! ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh..so happy that you are having a good time and keeping us all posted..

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

There are SO many things to do in SD!!! Our kids/grandkids live there so we go at least once a year (from Phoenix area). Just a 6 hour drive. The USS Midway is down near Star of India. My hubby was on her in the Navy so we've done that tour with DD. That's my beach fix much more often than Sanibel!! Enjoy it!!

Tink *~*~* said...

Wow, you've been BUSY! You were missed over the weekend. Glad to hear you're having such a good time. A bit envious of your sea lion encounter, even if it was smelly!

Tink *~*~*

Gayle said...

It's Wednesday...I hope you saw some whales!

DeeDee said...

well enjoy the fine weather in San Diego...cause it is 8 degrees here in Columbus ohio w/5" of snow and drifts comeing tomorrow w/dropping temps.

wish I was a Snowbird!

Joy, DeeDee