San Diego! What a beautiful city. We only wish we had more time to explore, but I am pretty sure we will be back. The drive from Temecula to San Diego was scenic with lots of hills and rocks. Not sure if I would want to live in this house though, especially if there was an earthquake! You can’t tell from the picture but that was a very large hill that the house sat upon.
We arrived at Santa Fe RV park. Not a bad place, had a nice pool and hot tub and the weather was nice enough to be able to use it. Much warmer than in Temecula.
We were really close to Mission Bay and took a drive there to check out the other RV park that was there. Decided to stay were we were, the other one had nice views of the bay, however it was nothing more than a glorified parking lot. Literally it was one large area of concrete. The bay was nice though and there were a lot of people out having picnics, walking and kayaking.
After checking out Mission Bay, we drove up into the hills to get a better view. Some very cool homes, but this one was unbelievable.
Great views in either direction.
We never found the traffic to be bad at all in San Diego. The stop lights seemed to last forever, but the flow of traffic was really good. You just had to know where you were going and be sure to be in the correct lane in time and you were good to go. We found down town to be one of the best features of San Diego. It is so clean and everything looks so new.
Entrance to the San Diego Naval Base. We were hoping to get some pictures of some ships, but civilians aren’t allowed on base. Kind of figured that was the case, but we tried.
Also drove by Qualcomm Stadium – home of the San Diego Chargers and Petco Park – home of the San Diego Padres.
We also went back to the Embarcadero, the downtown waterfront area where the USS Midway was, to check out some of the other sights. Here is where the cruise ship terminals are as well as another museum – the Star of India. Built in 1863, it is a historic tall-masted iron ship that is still sea worthy and makes a journey out to sea by volunteers each November.
Below is the Luna Hamilton, it is a private luxury yacht owned by Roman Abramovich, the Russian/UK billionaire businessman. It’s 115 meters long and was the largest explorer luxury yacht in the world, now 19th. It has 2 helicopter pads, water toy garage, covered swimming pool, bullet proof windows and each bedroom has its own cinema sized TV. Can you imagine the price tag on this baby? In 201o, Madonna holidayed on this yacht.
If you got tired of walking, you could always hitch a ride on one of these.
We took the Coronado bridge which is 11,288 long and very high. We checked out the Hotel Del Coronado area and headed south on the Silver Strand. Stopped by a little place very close to the Mexico border and walked by the ocean. It would be the last time we saw the ocean for a while, very sad.
Cool art! Loved this bench!
We left San Diego on January 5th and made our way back to Desert Hot Springs and back to one of our favorite places, Sky Valley Resort. We are spending the winter here and planning on staying through April. We liked this place so much, I applied here the last time we stayed, around Thanksgiving. I was offered part-time work in their mail room and front desk. It is the nicest place to work and I love it already, it’s a family run resort and everyone is just wonderful. I don’t actually get paid, but hours I work are considered credit to our monthly rent and electric. It will come out close to even to cover our stay here. It will be good to be stationary for a while, although the weather here has not been very warm. We have been below freezing the last few nights but the weather should change here over the next few days and warm up again. We are also very excited that my Aunt and Uncle, Bob and Gretchen are here just a few miles down the road from us. Looking forward to spending some time with them. We will still be posting as there is still so much to see and do around here, so please stay tuned.
Wishing you all a happy and wonderful 2013!
Steve, Patti, Ozzie and Sami