San Diego – Still Taking it Easy

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.

Lake Poway is where the trail begins.
The trail begins by winding around Lake Poway, where people were paddle boating and fishing.

Team Tank Top had no problems with the ~3.5 mile hike UP to the "potato chip", but the way down is always rough on the old knees.
Team Tank Top had no problems with the ~3.5 mile hike UP to the “potato chip”, but the way down is always rough on the old knees.

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.

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_Kayak
Here we are with all our new friends waiting to go into a sea cave.

 

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.

These sea lions live right near the sea caves.
These sea lions live right near the sea caves, which have some hidden beaches in the back. These are shockingly good rock climbers given their limited mobility. They are also quite noisy.

 

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.

Just look at them all!
Just look at them all!

 

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.

Midway_Top_Deck
The Midway was completed in 1945, just missing World War II, but was used in the Gulf War and Vietnam before being decommissioned in 1992 and turned into a museum.

And here’s the photo roll of the rest of our highlights:

Sunset at Torrey Pines.
Sunset at Torrey Pines.

 

Brew Project FC is now 2-0 on the two nights that Adam and I subbed for the team. We both even managed to score goals, though
Brew Project FC is now 2-0 on the two nights that Adam and I subbed for the team. We both even managed to score goals, though not as many as Alissa.

 

Adam and I also visited Mission Bay for a quick boat cruise with a friend of a friend.

Making friends at Mission Bay
Making friends at Mission Bay

 

We hit up the Padres - Dodgers game, thanks to Katie Brown! It's great to be back in the same city with my ticket hook up.
We hit up the Padres – Dodgers game, thanks to Katie Brown! It’s great to be back in the same city with my ticket hook up.

We also played a little bocce in Balboa Park.

Love that form.
Love that form.

2 thoughts on “San Diego – Still Taking it Easy”

  1. Always good to hear from the Ogres. Just noticed that Adam is looking more and more like Jason Werth. (Nats LF)

  2. Of course I had to look him up! He is also starting to resemble Andrew Cashner who we saw pitch for the Padres. It’s getting out of control.

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