Adam and I have had a great time in San Diego, and while we are not visiting amazing national parks, we have seen some pretty fine natural wonders here in southern California. We have also gone to some great local spots for eating and drinking, cooked some tasty meals at home, subbed and scored goals for Brew Project FC, and played bocce ball and disc golf in the park. For everyone’s sake, I will limit the pictures of food, beers, and cocktails on this site, but just know that we are not missing any meals.
Starting with the cool outdoorsy stuff:
Mount Woodson a.k.a. Potato Chip Rock
Last Saturday, we drove up to Poway, CA to hike up Mount Woodson to “Potato Chip” rock. It was a gorgeous San Diego day.
Here we are in front of the Potato Chip. There was a huge line to take your picture ON the rock. Rather than wait, we snapped this shot and found some shade to enjoy our lunch.
La Jolla – Kayaking, Sea Lions and Seals
We also did a kayak tour of the La Jolla sea caves, which are part of the ecological preserve there. We joined a tour instead of just renting a kayak so we’d be allowed to paddle into the caves, not realizing that there was exactly one cave that can only be entered by one kayak at a time. So, we waited around outside the cave, watching sea lions. Surprise surprise, Adam would’ve strongly preferred to continue paddling. We will skip the tour next time.
After our two hour tour, which I ended by dumping us out of our kayak as we surfed back to shore, we went to see Seal Cove. In the 1930s, a local philanthropist built the sea wall to create a protected space for children to swim. Since then, it has filled up with sand and been taken over by seals. In the 90s, as the seal population increased, the seals took over the beach and the city closed the swimming area. Since then, there has been controversy between the people want the beach for swimming and the people who want the beach for seals. Although the seals are adorably awkward, the whole beach smells like rotten fish. You can see them live here at EarthCam.
The USS Midway
The Midway, an old aircraft carrier that has been converted into a museum, was really interesting as well. You walk up and down the decks of the carrier, listen to a free audio tour, and see how the ship really worked. I would NOT want to be stuck on one of these for any length of time, they are extremely cramped. The carrier also has small exhibits on helicopters, and the top deck of the carrier has all kinds of planes and helicopters that were used over the years.
We spent over three hours here and could’ve spent more. I didn’t realize until we were leaving that you could get a hand stamp, go have lunch, and then come back, which I would do next time.
And here’s the photo roll of the rest of our highlights:
Adam and I also visited Mission Bay for a quick boat cruise with a friend of a friend.
We also played a little bocce in Balboa Park.