Although we had been in San Diego for a month, Doug and I were staying pretty "low key" as far as tourist attractions go. We did some biking, enjoyed Silver Strand Beach, learned the general layout of the city, and rested up ... all in anticipation for our friend Dave's visit this past week.
Doug's former co-worker from Rochester has a great love for anything Michigan,
a passion for beaches and sunshine,
and the power source of the Energizer Bunny!
Hopefully, Doug has rested up enough and trained up adequately for ultimate athletic contest as ...
The Three Amigos Do San Diego!
|Burgers and Malts ... vital to keep the batteries charged!|
Since Tripadvisor lists 400+ activities to do in the area, we were going to have to get busy!
Day 1: Imperial Beach Walk (almost) to Mexico
|Get two friends talking and before they realize|
it, they are almost to the Mexican Border!
Day 2: Hiking and Sightseeing Extravaganza in La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Park
|Spectacular beauty hiking on top of the cliffs,|
|and down on the beach,|
|where mama and baby sea lion were enjoying the sun and surf.|
|Unfortunately for Dave, I had to be the voice of reason and|
veto the rope walk up the cliff to the "death-defying" Ho Chi Minh trail.
|We were all smiles ...|
|as we ended our day with another spectacular Pacific Ocean sunset!|
Day 3: Biking and Hiking Mission Bay
|As soon as Doug figured out|
the route ...
|we enjoyed a 23 mile bike ride around Mission Bay.|
|Dave crossed another beach walk off his list with a stroll|
along Ocean Beach to the pier.
|Afterwards, Doug added another beer coaster|
to his collection with a visit to Pizza Port.
|and a spectacular sunset put the crown on another|
Day 4: Pickleball and Sand Dollars
|The Dynamic Duo put up a good challenge at the|
Friday morning pick-up pickleball games.
|Dave's "serious" tennis skills definitely|
gave him an advantage.
I believe he is ready to hit the professional
pickleball circuit once he retires!
|After pickleball, it was off to Silver Strand Beach|
to hunt for sand dollars. Dave may
need them to fund his retirement if the
"pickleball master" doesn't pan out.
Day 5: Biking Around the San Diego Bay and Hiking around Coronado
|Equipped with his "Michigan" colored helmet, we headed out|
of Coronado along the bike path that circles around
San Diego Bay.
|This is one of our favorite and frequently biked routes,|
so no worries of getting lost ... or losing sight of the
guides in their bright yellow jackets.
|And it is amazing how the guide always|
manages to find a lunch spot
with a brewery next door!
|A ride through downtown and Seaport Village|
gets us to our ferry that will take us back
to Coronado to complete our 25 mile loop.
|Another perfect day ends with a walk along the Coronado Beach.|
You can't beat the views from here.
Day 6: Sea Kayaking, Mount Soledad, and Another Beach Sunset
|It's cool and drizzling,|
but that doesn't stop these tough
dudes from trying sea kayaking.
|Breaking through the waves, Dave quickly realizes|
why Doug wanted the rear of the kayak.
|Since "sea kayaking" is not on my bucket list, I enjoy|
a walk on the beach and all the beautiful flowers that are blooming.
|Afterwards we drive up to Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial|
to pay our respects to our country's heroes,
|while enjoying another spectacular view of the ocean.|
|Our walk along Windansea Beach was a bit challenging|
with all the rocks that line the beach ...
|but also gave us another picture-perfect sunset.|
Day 7: Rain ... and the USS Midway Museum
|Don't believe the song ... Yes, it does rain in California ... and|
that made it a perfect day to explore the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.
|Lloyd, a WWII Vet, greeted me on the Hangar Deck.|
At 90 years young, he still enjoys sharing the
stories of his 30 years of Navy service.
|Seeing how Dave loves the speed of California freeways,|
I am sure he is going to figure out a way to fly this plane off
the flight deck!
|Two computer nerds in geek-heaven ... the engineering room!|
|Lest we forget ... a solitary table to|
remind us of the servicemen who
gave the ultimate sacrifice.
The rain continued for the whole day ... no walk on the beach or beautiful sunset for our last day together in San Diego, but like a true Michigan fan, Dave reminded us:
Until next time ... try to keep up with your amigos ... and enjoy the adventures in your life.