46 Hours in San Diego
Phill had never been to San Diego before, and it’s been ten years or so (!) since I’ve been, so we decided to drive on down there for a little weekend getaway. Naturally, our first stop there was the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
I’ve been to the zoo before, not long after they got the pandas, but I never saw the pandas because the lines were way too long, so we decided to go see the pandas first thing.
They stretch the exhibit out, with langurs and other animals leading up to the pandas.
The son panda is there sleeping in the cave.
Meanwhile the mother panda kept her back to us while she ate. We waited a bit to see if we could see there faces, but they were being dicks.
Despite all the advertisements for their Africa Rocks exhibit, the Africa Rocks exhibit is not even close to being done. The penguins were open and it was cool to see them swimming.
Phill didn’t want to get a picture with the penguin.
On the way out a zoo worker told us a disgusting fact, that penguins cover themselves in their own shit. (Actually it’s poop and urine since they only have one hole.) They use it, instead of mud like normal animals, as sunscreen.
There was also a turtle.
The big waterfall that’s at the end of what is open for Africa Rocks.
From there we decided to check out the polar bears. So we walked all the way up and around.
At first the polar bear was being no better than the pandas.
But then he came out.
And he laid out on the rock for everyone to see.
There was also information on climate change, a.k.a. the world is going to end within the next hundred years.
On our way up to see the lions and tigers we passed this little exhibit that had gazelles. They look anorexic in their legs.
When we got to the lion, we found he was sleeping on the platform.
Phill thought I was taking a picture of him and the lion, but I was really taking a picture of him and the sign.
From there it was getting hotter and sunnier out so we decided to take the aerial tram back to the entrance. It providing some nice views of San Diego.
And rather lackluster views of the park.
Because we’ve been to a few zoos already this year we didn’t feel the need to see too much else.
So we saw the flamingos and said goodbye.After the zoo we were starving, and we knew we wanted to try some fish tacos that San Diego is known for so we went with Oscar’s Mexican Seafood. We got the shrimp, steak and a quesadilla.
Conveniently, right next door was Uncle Biff’s California Killer Cookies.We got a half dozen +1 cookies, including a couple of their famous California Killer Cookies, which are a mix of white chocolate and dark chocolate. The cookies had the perfect amount of chewiness and I can see why the spot is so popular.
We still had some time to spare before we could check-in to our AirBNB so we drove to Coronado Island and around the bay.
We found our AirBNB on the edge of new developments of carbon-copy overpriced condos. Ours was next to a Public Storage that the homeless decided to check around. Inside we found the studio to be nice and clean, although the view was not what was advertised.
From there we took a stroll over to the Gaslamp Quarter.
First stop was The Reef Bar.
I had the Banana-Rama.
Phill had a mango margarita. Both drinks were cheaper than their “happy hour” “deals.”
Then we went to Rockin’ Baja Lobster where we had more margaritas.
And some ceviche.
We walked around the Gaslamp Quarter a bit more and then headed to the ocean.
We watched the sunset. We walked over to the USS Midway:
Considering we were planning on seeing it on Saturday we didn’t look around too much. From there we went back to the AirBNB to shower and rest before dinner. And then we had our dinner at Herb & Wood, which pretty much concluded our first busy day.
Day two started with us walking to Starbucks and then the USS Midway.
Fortunately it was still overcast, keeping things slightly cooler.
The museum starts you in the hangar deck.We opted to spend another $16 to do the flight simulator.
Then we went up to the flight deck. Phill in front of the EKA-3 Skywarrior.It’s a big space, but at the same time it feels small, or at least, it would feel small if you were out on sea for months at a time.
There were a few helicopters you could go inside.
After exploring the flight deck we went over to the Bridge tour since the line wasn’t too long.
The guided tour took us through the captain’s bridge as well as the flight tower.
There were some tight spaces in there. It was interesting to learn about all that they do in such small spaces.
From there we went down to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th decks to see the “city at sea.” Including a couple of cafeterias.The fake food was making Phill hungry.
The chapel for some 4,000 people on the ship.
A spacious cabin.
And I was getting hungry too:Phill looking to do some work.
Like every American city, a much-needed jail.
The engine room.
There was so much to see on the USS Midway, we spent almost three hours there, and that was going fast through some of the stuff. It was definitely a neat experience and worth doing at least once while in San Diego.
We were now hungry again so we went up to Little Italy for brunch at Ironside Fish & Oyster.
Phill was ready to eat, and drink.
We shared the clam chowder which was pretty good. Phill didn’t seem to mind it was pork-based broth.
I think that’s because he was determined to have the biscuits that came with it.
We each had a lobster roll too, which were heavenly. Nicely stuffed and the fried onions on top were a nice bonus.
We were both getting a little tired after that, but first we had to stop at one of Heather’s recommendations.Extraordinary Desserts.
Phill was still full so he didn’t want to look at it. Or he didn’t want me taking a picture of him.
It was a tough decision but we finally decided on blueberry coffee cake and a lemon bar.
Then we went back to the AirBNB for a couple of hours so Phill could nap. I woke him up later and then drove us up to La Jolla to check out what the deal was there. The view of the ocean was pretty nice.
Phill was still tired and didn’t want to walk around too much, so we drove up to sunset cliffs just before the sunset and briefly walked along the cliffs there.
It was a lot more picturesque there. We didn’t feel like waiting another hour for the sun to actually set, so we drove on back to the AirBNB so Phill could nap some more.
For dinner we headed back to Little Italy to the Crack Shack that we passed by the other night on the way to Herb & Wood. The line wasn’t nearly as long as last night.
We each got a chicken sandwich, fries, and biscuits, which was way too much food. But it was all good. It still isn’t my favorite fried chicken ever, but it’s up there. We sat across a couple from San Diego and chatted with them over our meal about food, San Diego and LA. They were as nice as they were drunk, so it was a good time.