the wandering chick
here and there
The five days I spent in San Diego were packed with walks and beach-bumming and exploring both the highlights and off the beaten path.
But there's so, so much more to see and do, and I look forward to going back.
There are so many viewpoints from which the San Diego skyline can be seen. This view is from the 'island' of Coronado. Perhaps it's called an island because a ferry goes to it, but it's actually a peninsula.
I wanted to spend more time on Coronado, but within the hour of getting there, the clouds took away my blue sky. Then, I never got the chance to get back over there. But that's okay. It's just another reason to return to San Diego. This picture and the ones that follow were taken from the walking path where the ferry from San Diego docks. In the background is the bridge that connects San Diego and Coronado.
A little market square near the Coronado ferry landing
Another of San Diego's beaches is Pacific Beach, a funky beach with lots of college students. A paved boardwalk lined with boutiques, beach shops, hotels and eateries makes a fun and interesting stroll.
Crystal Pier at Pacific Beach offers Cape Cod-style rental cottages. They've been around, although upgraded, since the 193os and feature all the amenities of a full-fledged hotel...plus the exciting experience of sleeping over the water.
The entrance to Crystal Pier and cottages
Above and Left: the Pacific Beach shoreline and boardwalk
San Diego's Highway 163 as it passes under the Cabrillo Bridge near the entrance to Balboa Park on El Prado
The fog starts to roll in, partially obscuring San Diego's downtown buildings.
In front of San Diego's Convention Center.On the bay side of the Convention Center is a multi-level skywalk that offers stunning views of the bay and all points south. The next few shots were taken from there.
Looking toward Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres baseball team, from the Convention Center
It may look like their walking, but these Navy recruits were running these steps of the Convention Center as part of their daily physical training exercise.
Above and Left: The fog rolls in on San Diego's downtown section.
El Indio Mexican Food Restaurant has been featured on the TV show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" and they are the inventors of the Taquito, a rolled, filled tortilla. This otherwise hole-in-the-wall eatery has a huge reputation to uphold, and it does an excellent job of it. Its cute little umbrella-filled patio offers sunny, warm outdoor eating, but its indoor section is bright and filled with ambiance as well. And the food: oh so delicious.
One of San Diego's not-so-publicized walking paths is on Point Loma facing a cove that looks out to Shelter Island. The walking path, La Playa, is lined with private homes with their elegant gardens on one side and the cove with a couple of well-known yacht clubs on the other. Beautiful trees and waterfowl of all sorts can be enjoyed on the mile or two stroll that makes you forget how close you actually are to the bustling city life that can be seen in the distance across the water.
A great white heron in flight along the water's edge. I watched him for a good five minutes as he stalked a lizard (pictured left) hidden in the bushes.
An egret scouts for food.
On the west side of Mission Bay is Bonita Cove and a walking path called Bayside Walk that is yet another nice stroll that meanders past mostly rental homes and the cove with its palms and quiet sandy beach.
As the sun began to set, I captured a few shots before calling it a day.
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