Sunday, April 3, 2011

San Diego Harbor, Coronado and Down To the Mexican Border

Our second day-trip took us through part of the Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town San Diego first and then to the Harbor area where we took "The Greatest Generation Walk" along the waterfront to see the famous aircraft carrier, Midway.
View of the stern of the Midway.

This piece is HUGE -- at least 50' high. It is part of "The Greatest Generation Walk" as is the next photo.
The Walk runs across the length of the ship.  

Wayne helps Bob Hope with some newer wartime jokes. 
Lexie and I sat in the crowd of soldiers out front.

Driving through Downtown San Diego we visited PETCO Park where the Padres play baseball and free tours are available.  The trees and flowers here are so different from what is commonly seen in South Florida and I can't help taking pictures of some of my favorites.


A tree that captures my imagination.

To reach Coronado, we drove across the San Diego / Coronado Bridge from where the view was breathtaking. 
Ah ha!

Welcome to Coronado Island

At this park, Wayne looks back across San Diego Bay to see military ships.

Another beauty!
We didn't stop and visit the famous Coronado Hotel, but did manage a good photo or two from the street.
And we visited our first "dog beach" -- special beach areas that allow dog owners to release dogs to play along the shore and in the ocean.  Needless to say we did not let Lexie off the leash; opting instead to carry her in the handy "outward hound" and shade her "sun sensitive" skin from burning.

The plants behind me grow everywhere and have different colored blooms.
That's The Coronado Hotel behind me.

Another Dog Park photo. That's Sunset Cliffs behind me.
We were there yesterday.
We drove on down the Silver Strand to Imperial Beach and then drove the short few miles down to the US/Mexico border where we found it to be no different from the other border areas we've visited.  Again, we felt no need to go into the crime riddled country.

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