- We were in the mood for some Sun and beaches ✓
- Short domestic flight from Seattle, the corner of the continent ✓
- We wanted something simple ✓
- Electric scooters ✓
- Abundance of seals ✓
- Nightlife ✓
- Tasty prawns ✓
We rode our scooters along Mission and Pacific beaches. I took more pictures of Pacific beach because it was calmer and prettier 🙂
As we rode north, Seal rock was not on our list, but I liked it more than La Jolla.
I want to be this exact seal in my next life:
Stinky stinky la Jolla. The snorkeling/ scuba diving is supposed to be great but it was just not our day.
We went to Coronado on my next trip a.k.a. Kirkland of San Diego. I mean a more ritzy residential beach 🙂
Can’t miss this one.
Touristy park with lots of real estate to walk around, street music, pools, gardens, museums and the San Diego zoo close by. We skipped the zoo.
USS Midway museum
This, I, an of course even Tripadvisor 🙂 would say is the no 1 attraction of San Diego. For $20 you could probably go up and down the Needle, here in Seattle. For the same price, you could spend hours here. I spent close to 3.
USS midway was an aircraft carrier through Korean, Vietnam and World wars II. With 4500 people on board, it was called the ‘city at sea’. It had it’s own kitchen, laundry, quarters, dining hall etc.
The engine below is said to have won World war II. The picture is static but the valves and cogs were in motion on the display.
Univac computer to measure and distribute gyroscopic data
1GB memory back in the day to the left, woven by women tailors and hence called LOL or little old lady memory. And it’s size reduction till date.
As a software engineer, my interest in American war museums is the roots and terminology of computer science. A lot of programming innovation came out of the department of defense like encryption in computer security. I saw what an actual controller looks like (a room with buttons and knobs, but hey). I steered an actual helm. Look at the picture of the adapter below. In the software industry today, these are entirely software constructs. I am Indian, as of now. I don’t take pride in or find American wars glamorous. American service people, thank you for your service. I don’t know if you had a choice.
Ok, back to present day and fun time in San Diego. Look at this fun view!
More jets! This carrier does not run out of jets!
You could even walk inside one and play around with the controls woohoo!
Let me add I toured it just by myself while my travel buddy took a sip at Bolt brewing close by.
Local things to do
We landed on what they called ‘day at the docks’ bang opposite our Inn. It had a music show, seafood, $3 boat rides and other fares. My featured image is from the day at the docks at Point Loma. I tried frog legs for the first time. The texture and taste is a cross between Tilapia and chicken. It has a truly amphibian taste 😉
We rode the giant dipper roller coaster at Belmont park
I started my second trip with a large margarita on Mission beach
The flight was ~ $120 in April and nearly twice that in August. I did not get in the water either time. So if that is the route you want to go, Spring is cheaper. The AirBnB cost was almost the same both times ~ $85 per night. The summer is too hot for us.
My original list of things to do:
We didn’t go to the zoo, Seaworld or veteran’s museum. We were all adults so no one was super stoked about the zoo. The memorial was not aligned with our mood either. My company did not want to watch animals in captivity for Seaworld. We did party in Gaslamp both times and mostly lost count or memory, hehe, of the bars and nightclubs we went to. Prohibition lounge had good blues music that I remember. And El Chingon seemed to be poppin’ with some reggaeton. Everyone looks like they are out of a rap video. This is the place to be. We went to old San Diego town one Saturday night. It was dead. This might be more of a day time attraction.
The seafood and especially the prawns are so much better in California! The drinks were watered down and more expensive than the pacific north west like anywhere in California. The dives do better. There was one called ‘sidecar’ close to our AirBnb at Morena. I regret not checking it out. Overall, San Diego is good for a trip with friends as opposed to solo. I had to throw any planning or time tables out of the window. If you go, remember, it’s all about the company 🙂