Monday, March 16, 2015

Coronado Island Part II

 













     We really enjoyed the evening we spent exploring the wharf area of the island directly across from the city of San Diego.  The park setting, the ferry crossing, and shopping in the tourist shops. It was wonderfully beautiful.  A perfect spot for can't-lose photo taking, for sure. I captured a snapshot of a young man taking a photo of a lamp post for a photography class he was with, and emailed it to him for his enjoyment. He returned the favor by taking a shot of us, as well.
     While out on our bicycle cart for two we saw a wedding party on the beach. A large portion of Coronado Island is composed of Navy military bases, for ships and for helicopter training. In fact, my 82 year old uncle Jim told me that he trained there before going to the Korean War. Sweetface and I loved the amazing sand art memorial someone built to honor our Navy heroes. My own Dad was a WWII battleship gunner himself, and might have trained there, too.
     Our last day there we took a drive to La Jolla, just north of San Diego.  We love the beach there, mostly because of the seals that can always be found lounging in the sun.  There was a baby seal whose Mommy must have been out fishing, who didn't mind if I caught a quick touch.  His fur was SO soft! The small downtown area next to the beach is filled with small upscale shops and hotels. We didn't buy anything there--except for the new Goodwill, of course. I managed to find a few choice things there, in spite of it's small size. One good rule is to shop the thrift shops that are in "Ritzy" neighborhoods if you want good "stuff".  I only wish I could visit there every day.
     Our last dinner the night before we left was in a tiny, quaint Victorian house within walking distance of our Hotel del Coronado. Chez Loma was incredibly "Romantical", and the food was fabulous. Well, mine was, anyway. Unfortunately, Sweetface sat across from me eating escargot with a kidney. (I will spare you the photo's of that.) He thought his was fabulous, too--go figure.  Dining there was a great way to end a memorable trip, for sure. We look forward to returning there again at our first opportunity.
     I was quite pleased that all of my photos, taken with my iPhone 5, turned out quite adequately, un-retouched at that. I may never drag my camera along again!


8 comments:

  1. I feel like I got to travel with you....just a little! Thanks for sharing the great pics!!! That little seal!!!!!

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  2. Love the sand castle too.....wow!

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    1. That took some talent. I hope it mades some Navy men feel good.

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  3. Just beautiful, Linda. My Dad was a gunner during WWII as well. Perhaps they served together.
    I love that little seal. You really did get to see a bit of everything!

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    1. Wouldn't that be amazing. What ship was your Dad on? I could look up the name of my Dad's. He went to a big reunion a few years before he passed away. It was the biggest thing in his life serving in the war.

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  4. I don't know the name of the ship. My Dad passed in 2001 and there was a reunion held a few years prior to that. Former shipmates had started calling him a few years before the reunion. I remember answering the phone at his house once and being told how my Dad kept up the morale of these young men while they were on the sub for extended periods of time and how much they all loved him. I still cry just thinking about that. What brave fathers we had, Linda, serving our country during such hard times. xoxo

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    1. I could cry when I think about how our brave military is now treated by our current "Commander in Chief".

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