As expected, the last two weeks here in San Diego have been packed full. Hard to believe that as of tonight an entire month has passed by. We will have to wait a while to let the experience of a one month stay sink in to
decide if we will try and put these types of stays into our travel plans. One thing is for sure, in a city like San Diego you do not run out of things to do. Let me start with the wrapping up of the beer exploration. The final count is 26 unique breweries and a few multi-visit locations on top of that. The second half of the visits looks like this:
A few friends have asked what have been the favorites, and to be honest it is pretty difficult to pick. It has been such a whirlwind of visits and so few that I did not enjoy. It was great to get to visit Mission and Ballast Point,
two brands that I enjoy on a regular basis, and get to try local-only variations of some of my favorite beers. Honorable mentions are certainly Council, Society, Green Flash, Alesmith, Modern Times and Amplified. Kilowatt and Belching Beaver where also unexpected favorites. Our list of total breweries visited since beginning our fulltime adventures is getting VERY close to 100, pretty excited about that. For a full rundown check out breweries we have checked out around the country, check out the brewery page on our website.
There has been sooo much more going on. We had visits from friends and family as well. My youngest sister Samantha came out from Phoenix and we managed to get in a full day exploring the city with her. Everything from great pizza and beer to wondering the Ocean Beach farmer’s market. Though short, it was awesome to get to spend time with her. A couple of my friends, David and Ed where visiting Imperial Beach with their families for spring break. One evening we headed over and spend the evening visiting and meeting all the kids. It was great to get caught up, and the evening ended with some great gourmet cupcakes.
We have also been fortunate to meet friends, both new and old here at Mission Bay RV Resort. Hans and Lisa have been a blast hang our with, and having lived here for many years prior to hitting the road, they are an amazing resource on the area. We played a round of disc golf at a local course, explored Ocean Beach on a walking tour and shared a few great meals. Based on their advice, we attended a great Sunday afternoon concert in Balboa Park listening to the Spreckles Organ. The Spreckles is an outdoor organ that was built as part of the Panama-California Exposition back 100 years ago. Since the grand spectacle of an opening for the fair, the organ has been played regularly every since. By April of this year the organ will consist of 5000 pipes and will become the largest outdoor organ in the world.
Quite a bit of time was spent on our bikes as well. Not sure how many “grand loops” of about 12 miles we have made around Mission Bay, but it is quite a few. The ride never gets old, winding around the bay through parks and city street. Biking along the boardwalk on Pacific Beach is an awesome people watching experience. On one ride with our friends Sally and Chester we made our second spotting of “slomo” the famous Pacific Beach roller blader. There is even a documentary about him, everyone just loves seeing him out there. Each trip around the loop Toni alters the path a bit so we get to see some new areas of the city. Additionally, we took a loop around Fiesta Island, another great people watching spot. We hauled the bikes over to Coronado in the Jeep and took exploring there as well, evening managing to tour around the Hotel Del Coronado, which is way more cool inside than I thought it would be. We sipped some cocktails at the sky bar at the hotel overlooking the crashing waves to experience how the other half lives!
Taylor Guitars is located here in San Diego and we headed over to check it out. For the past few months I have been toying around with the idea of taking up the guitar. Visiting Taylor and taking the amazing tour of the facility pretty much fanned the flames. The tour walks about every inch of the factory and we watched every step of the process as it was happening. Crazy how much work goes into a guitar, certainly have a great appreciation for them now. Our friends Peg and Ken that we met back at the Xscaper convergence at the balloon fiesta also rolled into town for a short stay. We had a great time out on the town one afternoon, which sort of turned into evening. Quite a few beers were shared and a great dinner at Ballast Point in Miramar. We had quite the nightcap at Kilowatt Brewing, a first for all of us experiencing some great beer totally immersed in black light! Quite entertaining.
CeCe also had a chance to experience the Ocean Beach Dog Beach a couple of times. It is a huge public beach are that is completed off-leash dog friendly. There are literally hundreds of dogs everywhere. Our little chicken of a dog was totally overwhelmed, as dogs of all shapes and sized ran up to greet and play with her. It was obviously exhausting and she just did not know what to do. It was so fun to just sit and watch all the dogs interacting with each other and having a blast. Two visits was about all she could handle. Toni managed to get her sewing machine out and complete a couple of t-shirts quilts, this time for herself. I have no idea how many of these quilts she has put together for other people, so it was exciting to see her get a couple of her own! Toni also had a quick trip out to Arizona to continue her work with the City of Tempe in putting together a public safety memorial. It was a quick visit, but she did manage to catch up with some friends and also handle a couple items with our rental properties.
So that about covers it for our first one month stop. It feels like we have been going at high speed the entire time and there are still some things we did not get to do. But, we are feeling a strong urge to get back on the road. Hope we remember how to get things ready to go! Tomorrow we are off to one of my all time favorite places in the world…..Disneyland! This means a few more days in a big city (well worth it to visit Mickey again) then we are back to the boonies where we belong!