Earlier this week, Jamie flew to San Diego for a work conference. The chance to get out of wet, humid Dallas for a few days, (and a free hotel room) sounded appealing…….so naturally, I tagged along.
While Jamie spent his days in meetings and seminars (pretty sure those are the same things) I occupied myself walking around the beautiful city. Thought I’d share my walk with y’all. I took about 6,000 pictures, but I’ll limit it to about half of those…… I started at Balboa Park and it’s amazing Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.
The El Cid sculpture.
Constructed for the Panama-California Exposition in 1915, the Botanical Building was, at the time, the largest wood lath structure in the world.
It’s still pretty impressive.
I took more pictures of plants and cacti than animals at the San Diego Zoo. Go figure.
This place is wicked-huge…and for some reason, mostly uphill.
Old Town San Diego is about a 10 minute trolley ride on the green line from where we were by the Convention Center downtown.
(BTW the “Green Trolley” is actually a RED TRAIN)
Old Town San Diego was once simply called San Diego, until folks started to move to the “New Town” San Diego because it was closer to the water and shipping.
When it was commissioned a week after the end of WWII, the USS Midway was the largest ship in the world. Too big even to pass through the Panama Canal.
She was at sea for 47 years before retiring from service and instated as a floating Naval museum in the port of San Diego in 2004.
A couple years ago, my brother Ben, who happened to serve on an aircraft carrier, had the opportunity to intern at the USS Midway Museum restoring an old F4F Wildcat.
This small fighter plane was fished out of Lake Michigan where it had been resting for over 60 years. (I pulled these pics off of Ben’s Facebook page)
What a thrill to see his plane hanging in the cargo bay of the Midway…..
Definitely the best part of the museum for me. By a landslide.
I was telling all the strangers around me that my brother worked on restoring that plane.
They were impressed too.
I squeezed in as much sight-seeing as I possibly could, way more walking than I had planned for. I was honestly planning on just laying by the pool and reading.
Wish I’d had a little more time to explore the city.
Maybe next trip.