Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Exploring San Diego By Bike

We have been in San Diego for a week enjoying the views of the city from our hilltop campsite at Sweetwater Summit Regional Park. This large community park has good sized full hookup campsites, nice walking trails, and easy access to San Diego.

On our way to San Diego, we had our taste of winter as we traveled over Mt Laguna Pass ... and no, we do not miss driving in the snow. The Wildebeest decided to quit moving her windshield wipers just as we drove into some nice wet falling snow. A stop on the side of the road and some fiddling with fuses solved the problem ... just as the snow/rain mix also decided to end. Always grateful to have a mechanically-talented pilot, and a God who hears the prayers of the nervous co-pilot!

Brilliant sunshine and colors greeted us in San Diego. The recent heavy rains brought out beautiful palettes of green along the hillside. As the sun set, we started planning our strategy for exploring San Diego by bike.

Google maps shows many bike paths, bike lanes and bike "friendly" roads around the city. We started our first trip from the campground, but after coasting down a nice long hill and biking for a short distance on a bike "unfriendly" road ...

... we realized that it would not be as fun biking along that road and back up that hill in order to get home. Yes, as I walked my bike back up the hill at the end of the ride, I was determined to find an easier way. 

We found a shopping mall parking lot right across from the bike path that leads into San Diego. This can serve as a great launching point ... let the bike exploration begin!

Ten miles later,
we were in downtown San Diego.

The great thing about exploring a city by bike is being able to get a general overview of different areas of the city without trying to find multiple parking spots and getting caught in southern California's famous traffic jams.

Since we are going to be in San Diego for five weeks, we will have plenty of time to return for a closer look at some of our favorite sites like ...

The USS Midway Museum,
Balboa Park with its many museums
and beautiful gardens,

The Gaslamp District,

Mission Beach Boardwalk (after the sand
is all removed from recent heavy rains),

Old Town,

Seaport Village,
and Coronado Island.

The other joy of exploring by bike is all the "unintentional, but really neat" sites you see and pictures that you capture along the way like ...

Flowers in bloom,

Our first "selfie" along
the Pacific Ocean,

Sand dollars ... or in this case,
a sand quarter,

Unusual car washes ... yes,
that van ran into the fire hydrant,

And a brewery or two!

Looks like there is plenty of exploring (and a few breweries) in store for us in the coming weeks!

Until next time ... explore some more with the one you love ... and enjoy the adventures in your life!

Thanks for following along!
We always love to hear your latest exploration stories and see your pictures!
Also, if you have been to San Diego, what are your favorite "must see" sites?

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