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Friday, June 2, 2017

California, here we come, Part Four

After our trip north, we drove back to Los Angeles, relaxed a few days in Santa Monica, and then went onward to San Diego and the surrounding areas.

We stayed in Pacific Beach in a motel right next to the beach. I used to live in San Diego many years ago, so this trip was kind of a "down memory lane" experience for me.

One thing that surprised us was the somewhat unpredictable climate during our trip. The hottest days we spent in ... believe it or not ... San Francisco, where it's usually fresh and windy. This time people who live there actually complained about the heat! San Diego, the most southern area, on the other hand, was fairly cool, even cold at times, and it rained one day.

We explored the interesting downtown area of San Diego with its harbor and the fascinating navy ships.

Had to think of Moby Dick when I saw this beauty!

The Midway, an impressive airplane carrier, was built during World War II. It launched right after the war. Standing next to one of those amazing ships is almost scary. Can't imagine what it must have felt to actually live and work on one of those monsters!


My nephew, Captain Rico Spiegel, getting outfitted for his next cruise!

After a drive over the Coronado Bridge to Coronado Island, we explored the famous Hotel Colorado, definitely a place for the rich and those who don't mind to splurge! The architecture though was fascinating.

More to come. Stay tuned!


  1. Amazing city and usually quite mild temperatures. I´m sure you were happy to return and show the family around.

    1. Yes, I always enjoy San Diego, although it has grown so much since I lived there. My family patiently followed me to my old haunts!