San Diego July 2011

Decided to take a last minute trip to San Diego to avoid the oppressive heat in Tucson. Temperatures were reaching 115 degrees (46 Celsius) and it was time to find some more pleasant weather so off to San Diego we went. Once there we decided to take in the 4th of July fireworks show by going out on a harbor cruise ship and watching the fireworks from the middle of the bay. It was an awesome spectacle. The next day we decided to visit the mission at San Juan Capistrano. The grounds of the old mission are beautiful and it was a nice ride up the coast to the mission. On Wednesday, we opted for something different and decided to go up the mountains to visit the old mining town of Julian. This trip did not turn out as anticipated as it started to rain really, really hard about 1/2 hour after arriving. We ended up having some apple pie and ice cream, something the town is famous for, and then headed back to San Diego and on over to Coronado Island where we spent the rest of the afternoon at the Hotel Del Coronado beach. Drank more than we should have but, hey, it was a vacation after all.

July 4th

Decided to see the fireworks show in San Diego, something they are famous four. There are actualy about 4 events on the main bay itself but we decided to take a harbor cruise boat onto the one that would show off the main event in the middle of the bay with the San Diego skyline in the background. The event was spectacular even if a bit short at about 17 minutes. This was definitely worth the cost and I am likely to do this even again, perhaps next year.

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July 5th

We decided to visit the San Juan Capistrano mission. The last time I was here I was a young boy so was looking forward to seeing the mission again and seeing how well my memory remembered it. San Juan Capistrano Mission is famous for its swallows, who fly south every year on October 23 and return on March 19. Legend says the swallows took up residence here to escape an innkeeper who kept destroying their nests. The swallows arrive at San Juan Capistrano Mission in groups and make their nests from mud and saliva, building them under the eaves of the buildings.

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July 6th

On Wednesday, the sixth, we decided to do something different and decided to drive up Interstate 8 and headed up into the mountains to visit a little mining town we had heard off called Julian. The trip itself was wonderful especially once we got off the interstate and started heading up the mountains. The surrounding countryside was beautiful and the drive was a very pleasant one as we climbed higher and higher. We got to Julian which was a bit smaller than we anticipated and got to visit a shop or two before a major rainstorm hit the area with lightning and thunder all around. We decided to have some apple pie and ice cream (something the town is famous for) and see if the rain would let up but no luck. So, we decided to make a run for the car and head on back to San Diego where ended up at the Hotel Del Coronado beach. We ordered some drinks and proceeded to let the afternoon wind its way down before heading back to our own hotel. Ended up this evening like every other before it walking around Gaslamp Quarter and finding an outside cafe to eat and people watch.

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