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Sunday, May 1, 2016

San Diego, CA

Driving on I-5 in So California can be a  trying and exhausting 30 miles between Oceanside and San Diego.  After the drive to La Jolla a few days previously, we thought the train might be a good plan. In our travels, we have found that public transportation can be easier than figuring out where to go and not have to find a place to park. This turned out to be true this day.

Oceanside is the most northern stop on the Coaster with an option to take Amtrak. We found a cozy seat on the ocean side on the upper level since the train was empty when we boarded.

Arriving at the Santa Fe station after a relaxing 45 minute ride.

This train station has been in use for 100 years.

The old tiles still nicely preserved.

There several stations around to rent a B bike.

Midway is the longest serving aircraft carrier and now a museum.

Fishermen selling the daily catch.

 The legacy of Bob Hope is commemorated by a major sculptural artwork titled “A National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military,” On Waterfront park on Port tidelands, with  views of San Diego Bay, the National Salute is a tribute to not only Bob Hope but to the servicemen and women he entertained over the years.
We listened to recordings of Bob Hope entertaining the troops back in the day as we walked through the statues.

Seaport Village is a nice place to walk and take in the views of Coronado Island. There are plenty of places to shop and eat. We just enjoyed watching the boats float by.

I have finished my first two weeks of work which are always the most tiring of the contract. The first week is orientation and second just figuring out the flow and where things are. Mike is getting things figured out on how he will do things here while I am working my 3 shifts a week. When we first started our travels, we were maniacs on my days off. We thought we had to see everything on my days off and go nonstop. Now we just enjoy the area and plan when we will see the must dos on our list. He used to find a job and we would have to work around our schedules to fit it all in. Now he is the house spouse and that is pretty nice for both of us.


  1. We took the train from Encinitas to San Diego (to catch the ferry to Coronado) last spring and loved it! Like you said, it's so nice to just sit back and relax. If you haven't been to Encinitas, that might be another fun train trip for you. :-) Sounds like you have a great lifestyle that you've created. We're still working on slowing down -- it's challenging when there are so many fun things to do!!

    1. We have ridden our bikes to Encinitas and you are right. There are so many great things to see and do in this country. If my job didn't slow us down for a while, we would be all over the place.

  2. I imagine that is a natural feeling that is hard to get away from at first ... the feeling you need to see everything when time is available, while at times that is impossible from all the great things to see in the San Diego area. You mentioned the drive from Oceanside to San Diego down I-5 ... that was one of the reasons I did not move back in 1994. Too many people for me. It's great to visit though.