We had a great week with Scott’s parents, hanging out at the condo on Solana Beach, doing touristy things, being able to stay out after dark because we had a car to get us back, sleeping inside where critters couldn’t get to us and our stuff, taking hot showers that don’t require quarters…the smallest of things seem so luxurious.
We’ve picked up a Spanish phrasebook. After looking it over and being surprised by some of the entries, I wondered what kind of process is involved with selecting the items. Are there focus groups of travelers? This is a pocket-sized book so they must have needed to narrow the content to the most important. You know it’s time to go home when you are consulting the phrasebook for “I need a lawyer who speaks English” or “I need the morning-after pill”. I just hope I don’t confuse “Where’s the nicest beach?” with “Where’s the nudist beach?”. I’m still a little stressed about our foray into Mexico. Scott is cool as a cucumber – Mexico, Shmexico – I guess if you’ve ridden through the Gobi Desert you have a different perspective. He’s more worried about leaving behind the comfy bed.
We had a fun-filled week, here are some pics of what we were up to.
A day at the San Diego Zoo:
We visited the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, the longest serving aircraft carrier, from 1945-1992.
We jumped on a boat and motored over to Catalina Island and took a tour of its rugged interior. It was great to have motorized transportation to take us to the beautiful overlooks!
We had a disappointing tour of the Hotel del Coronado. If you feel so inclined, we recommend just going to the hotel, walking around, and reading the historical account on Wikipedia. The hotel is beautiful, but don’t pay for the tour, it’s painful.
When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world, with 350 rooms. The Hotel del Coronado is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort.
A face only a mother could love.
At the end of each day, it was nice to have a quiet, comfortable place to come back to. Thank you M&D Z for coming to visit us and booking such a lovely retreat!