After a hot (100°+) drive, we arrived in cool, surprisingly hazy San Diego and checked into our motel, which was on Point Loma, right by Shoreline Park. By the time we were settled we just had a short evening remaining in the day, so we walked to that park to see a view of the bay and the city, and then went to dinner. We ate at Supannee House of Thai, one of my favorite restaurants so far on this trip. Katie had a Skype interview the next morning, so we went to bed early.
After Kate’s interview on Friday morning, we set out to see the city. First stop was the nearby Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. The whole site is a naval base on top of a raised hill, which provides a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean to the West, and San Diego Bay, Coronado, and the city to the East. Despite the remaining haze, we enjoyed some beautiful views. We also so a whole bunch of De Tomaso Panteras parked at the monument, clearly for some sort of gathering.
Next we went downtown for the first time, to Balboa Park, and took a walk through its lovely Spanish-style mini-city. We didn’t actually visit any of the museums; rather, we simply enjoyed the sunny day and atmosphere of the place. After a nice stroll, we drove over to Coronado, the island in the center of San Diego bay that is home to a posh suburb and resort hotels. There we ate at Miguel’s and then took a walk on the beach, where we met a guy who makes giant detailed sandcastles for a living. He was pretty focused on his work.
After a late afternoon nap, we hit the town. We ate and got a couple beers at barleymash, located in the popular Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. The place had a great atmosphere, and Katie’s beer tasted exactly like cream soda. so that was cool.
Saturday was beach day. We spent the whole afternoon at Mission Beach and loved it. That evening we watched the Sun set over the Pacific Ocean from the aptly named Sunset Cliffs—the huge red Sun was beautiful and the waves crashing over the cliffs were breathtaking. After sunset we went to the highly rated Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill for some excellent, fresh, local seafood.
Sunday, June 1st, was the day for our drive up to LA, but we had all day to do that, so we spent a good portion of the early afternoon in La Jolla. I had a blast there; seeing seals bathe among snorkelers was an amazing sight. We dallied around in the park and did a little drive through the rich neighborhoods to close out the San Diego trip.