|Children's Beach, La Jolla|
|Another view of Children's Beach|
Headed out bright and early the next morning, in time to catch the first sailing on the Flagship Spirit of San Diego Harbor Excursion ( http://www.flagshipsd.com/ ) - one of our favorite things to do with out of town guests. If time permits, we love doing both the north and south tours, each lasting an hour. No tour is ever exactly the same; on this tour we saw a warship headed out for a long deployment as well as the First in Class SS America doing training exercises, with her sailors and marines "lining the decks" - a very stirring sight.
|Our ship, the Spirit of San Diego|
|This ship was headed to see on her way to a multi-month deployment|
|First in Class SS America on a training exercise; her sailors and marines were lining the decks!|
|Rich, Joan & Rodney relaxing on the back deck of the Spirit of San Diego|
|Fishing boat loading up on bait at the 'Bait Barge"; typically the barge is covered with seals and seabirds hoping to snag some bait.|
|This tug reminded us of Theodore from Thomas and his Friends : - )|
|The Patriot is operated by Flagship and speeds around the bay at speeds up to 50 mph.|
|We were treated to saltwater spray as the Patriot made a 180 turn near our ship!|
|This floating pen houses seals and dolphins being trained by the Navy to be able to detect underwater mines or unauthorized divers near navy ships.|
|$6 billion ship under construction at NASSCO|
|We disembarked from our ship and headed over to The Fish Market for lunch. MMMMM Lobster! From there we headed over the the USS Midway Museum.|
|Our guest in the "Boss" seat in the Bridge|
|Our guest at the wheel of the Midway|
After a full day on the Midway and the Spirit of San Diego, we had an early dinner in anticipation of a very early wake-up call the next morning. We were headed across the border and had to meet our coach at 7:15 AM...We booked a trip via Day Tripper Tours, a San Diego-based touring company specializing in day trips from San Diego. It was founded by a school bus driver who learned a lot about touring the area from taking school children on field trips! While most of their offerings are day trips, they do have more extended overnight trips as well. It was a good way for us to dip our toes into Mexico with a wonderful guide. http://www.daytrippertours.com/
|We had three destinations - Rosarito Beach, Puerto Nuevo and Tijuana.|
|The Famous "Papas & Beer" right on Rosarito Beach|
|Fancy riding a horse on the beach? You can do that!|
|It was very early in the day; the beach was full of scenes like this|
|Our guide recommended checking out the vintage murals in the hotel's lobby. They are actually frescoes which took over two years to paint.|
|There was a motorcycle club charity event taking place at the hotel; twice a year "Rolling Deep for Charities" sponsors a ride into Rosarito and distributes bicycles to children in the community. This Harley had a gorgeous Mexican tooled leather seat.|
After our lovely lunch at Ortega's, we headed back to Tijuana for a quick stop at La Vienessa Bakery for some awesome baked goods. Mexico, like the USA, is a melting pot; many of the local pastry shops / bakeries were founded by Austrian immigrants. A note about our day trip and crossing the border: Passports are required to go into and return from Mexico. There was a border crossing lane designated for coaches; in our case a Mexican Customs agent boarded our bus and gave us our visa forms to complete. We then walked through customs and a metal detector while our bus was x-rayed; we re-boarded the bus after it was cleared. Coming back into the US was very similar - got off the bus with all our purchases, and went through the same sort of customs / immigration lines as one would when re-entering the US at an international airport. It was a very full day; we crossed the border into Mexico at about 9 am and were back at our car by about 6 pm.
The next day we had our own sightseeing planned - a stop at the San Diego Glider Port in La Jolla, then a run up Mount Soledad, followed by a drive down the coast and visits to Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument and Coronado Island.
After our visit to Cabrillo, we headed to Coronado Island, across the beautiful blue arching Coronado Bridge. (I was driving so no photos!) We drove by the Coronado Hotel, then headed out along the Silver Strand, which prior to the bridge was how one got to Coronado. Finally we headed back toward home, for a nice Italian dinner and another relaxing evening at home (spent going through photos from our lovely weekend.) I hope you enjoyed this little taste of San Diego!