Family Visit & Sightseeing San Diego, CA
Pre-Post Note/ LOVED the response to my last post on RV disasters! I particularly enjoyed that everyone shared their own “incidents” in the comments. You’ve given me some good laughs & some great company 🙂
I’ve been rather quiet on the blog lately mostly because we’ve been incredibly busy, social-wise that is. Around 10 days ago Paul’s sister Carmen decided to fly out from Miami for a visit and we’ve been doing the tourist-thing ever since. Between sis hanging with us in “the beast” and close RV friends parked nearby we’ve pretty much whittled away most of our remaining time here in San Diego. Can you believe we have less than a week to go now?
Where oh where did the weeks go????
And we really have been busy too. We may not have been out sightseeing everyday, but we’ve gotten darn close and have valiantly attempted to squeeze every ounce of city and beach life into our few weeks by the water. It helps that we used to live here before we started RVing of course, but I swear we’ve been to more sightseeing spots as RVers than we ever did as “locals”. Back then we hung mostly in our local area and only went sightseeing when we got guests. Now, we’re the guests and can openly enjoy the town like big city newbies. Go figure, eh?
So, what do you do when your sister comes for an impromptu visit for 10 days in San Diego? Here’s some ideas….
Beer Tasting At SD Breweries
As you know we’ve been on a beer mission here in the city, and our duties as hosts would not be complete without including Carmen in the experiment. So, we’ve been bringing her to some of our favorite breweries and diligently working to broaden her (still as yet woefully undeveloped) craft beer horizons.
Many of these breweries will be coming up in my highly anticipated SD beer drinking review (which we’re…ermm…selflessly “sacrificing” ourselves get finished), but suffice to say that we included several old-time favorites as well as a techno-bar and a few water-view options.
We’ll make a crafty beer drinker out of this gal yet….
Hanging Groovy In Ocean Beach
If Carmen had been born in any age other than the present, the 60’s would would have been her time. She’s really a hippy gal at heart and nothing speaks to the psychedelic inner soul as much as Ocean Beach. We took her over on Wed Farmer’s Market night with Russ&Todd and enjoyed an evening of strolling around and hanging with the alternative crowd. Highlights included watching acroyoga on the beach, going into the iconic The Black (a “must do”), music at the farmers market and Sushi dinner. Peace out, man….
Related Post -> An Alternative State Of Mind – Ocean Beach, San Diego CA
Kayaking & Snorkeling La Jolla Cove
No visit to San Diego would be complete without dipping your toes into the ocean and the 6,000 acre (24 km2) protected San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park is one of the most interesting places to do it. Bounded by 75-million year old sandstone cliffs, the area boasts 7 natural Sea Caves, masses of underwater caverns, fish and seals as well as the crazy ocean weeds we call macrocystis pyrifera or, more commonly, Giant Kelp. You can book a tour to enter the Sea Caves, but they tend to be super-over-crowded and we much prefer to rent individual kayaks and just putz around on our own. Another inexpensive option is to rent snorkels and a wetsuit (don’t go without…that water is cooooold) and take the plunge into the water itself. We decided to do both, passing an afternoon on the kayaks with Todd&Russ and another morning in the water with just the three of us.
Related Post -> Sea Kayaking La Jolla, Taxes and Losing A Bike
Ghost-Hunting & Style at Hotel Del Coronado
The magnificent 1888 Hotel Del Coronado, known as “The Del” to locals is not only one of the classiest spots in the city, but is also home to some of her very best ghost stories. From the sad story of Kate Morgan who haunts room 302 (now 3312) to more than 37 abnormal readings taken by parapsychologists in a single day in room 502 (now 3502), it’s one of the ghostliest places in the city. Add onto that the crazy, golden-speckled sand on the beach (the only place I’ve ever seen this) and the sexy allure of Marilyn Monroe who filmed “Some Like It Hot” with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in this very spot in 1958 and you’ve got a place that will spark the imagination of even the most hardened realist. We didn’t see any ghosts, but we sure had fun imagining ourselves as pampered guests in this gorgeous place.
Related Post -> Ghosts, Style & Romance – Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA
Animal-Spotting At The San Diego Zoo
We’d actually not really planned to hit the Zoo this time around but thanks to a very generous blog reader (Dave) we got free tickets to visit and just couldn’t pass it up. Now I admit I’m always a tad conflicted by Zoo’s especially when I see some of the more majestic wild animal’s in enclosures, but San Diego Zoo does some good conservation & restoration work and is definitely one of the better outfits out there. Together with it’s northern counterpart The Safari Park (which is really quite impressive) the parks cover 1,900 acres of land and house over 3,700 animals. We had a very pleasant day walking almost 6 miles around the various areas, once again accompanied by Todd&Russ (I swear those boys are everywhere).
Carmen is headed back home tomorrow so we’re now down to the wire and have less than 7 days remaining to pack-in a bunch of practical items (stock-up, carpet cleaning, storage check, repairs etc.) as well as finish off our brewery experiment. Then, we’re off….and we still have NO IDEA which route we’re taking north. All we know at this point is that we need to get out of the big city. We love it, we crave it and we lust after it when we’re gone, but when we’re here we can only take so much before we once again feel ourselves longing for space and nature. Methinks the wilds are calling…just exactly where I am not sure…
Other Sightseeing Stuff We’ve Done In San Diego:
- Frolicking In Nation’s Largest Urban Cultural Park – Balboa Park, San Diego CA
- Paddle-Boarding & Casino-Docking – San Diego, CA
- The Great Urban Escape -> Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego, CA
- Discovery Of A Mission, And A Few New Friends – San Diego de Alcalá, CA
- “Where California Began” – Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, CA
- Two Danes & A Week in S.CA