August 3, Sunday
We awoke this morning, another beautiful day to drive to Acton, CA, which was about 6 hours away. We arrived at our Californian RV Resort around 4:30 that afternoon and just rested for our next day’s drive to Lancaster, home of Lance Travel Trailer Company, not far away.
August 4, Monday
We left for Lancaster early so we would be there at 8:15 for our travel trailer to be serviced. After eating a light breakfast, did our laundry & returned to Lance to check on everything. We learned that we needed to stay over one more day. The Lance people were so accommodating & we were able to stay on the property there so they could work on our camper early on Monday.
August 5, Tuesday
We left around noon from Lancaster and arrived at our All Season RV park around 3:30 that afternoon. This was our view of the lake and mountains; even though it was an older park, with some full time residents, it was very peaceful and the folks here were just super.
The park was only about 5 minutes away from our friends, Dwain & LuAnn who were renting a villa at nearby Tuscany Resort for 3 months. After setting up the camper, we were able to see them. LuAnn had prepared a delicious meal & the weather was so nice that we ate out on the beautiful patio overlooking the golf course there. We enjoyed our first afternoon together in several months. After dinner, we planned our itinerary for the week. No question about it, just like all the other places we visited, there is not enough time to see all the great things about our country . . . and we only have one week in the San Diego area!!!!
August 6, Wednesday
This morning, we went to Old Town San Diego to buy our tickets for the two tours that we would take this week.
Today, we boarded the Old Town Trolley which took us on a 2 hour tour of San Diego, where we saw San Diego Harbor, Seaport Village, Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado Beach,
Balboa Park, Zoo, Little Italy & other shops & restaurants.
We enjoyed our tour guide, Chris who told us about the history of the places we visited. We really enjoyed the beautiful weather but still needed a light jacket. As we traveled through this lovely & unique city, I found myself recalling the photos that had been taken when I was just a year old. My dad had been stationed there for the first year that I was born, so my mom & I went out to be with him at the Naval Base. It was so much fun to now experience this beautiful city again, as an adult.
After our tour, we walked around Old Town to an authentic Mexican Cantina; John was more fascinated with the FOWL than the food. The weather was so nice that we ate out on the patio & enjoyed the music & the delicious cuisine.
We even “lost” him for a bit while he strayed away to photograph the Historic San Diego Union newspaper museum. When he was 19, he photographed a boat rescue in the San Diego area and they published his photo on the front page. The photos in this slide show present pictures of the early days of printing. The “California Case” where the handset type was kept and the large “letter” press.
The sunset at Coronado Beach was awesome! Pelicans were diving straight down into the ocean for food.
Dwain drove us up to Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma.
We walked up to the Old Lighthouse which is on the Pacific Ocean. John climbed the steps to the top where he was able to get a few photos of the living quarters.
We learned that a dedicated keeper of the lighthouse was on- duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no vacations. Finally in 1891, they boarded up the old lighthouse and moved it down the hill to it’s present location On the bayside of the Point, we walked down to the statue of.
Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, who was the first European to set foot on the west coast of the United States. We were able to get some nice photos of the monument & San Diego’s beautiful coastline. We were able to photograph the military cemetery at Point Loma. John commented, that it took the death of so many to bring America to her greatness and safety.
August 7 Thursday
Our day started around 11:30 when LuAnn & I had our hair cut while Dwain took John to get a haircut Later they took our faithful Dodge Durango to the car wash, and it looks brand new all over again. The guys met us at Soup Plantation for a delicious lunch which featured unlimited servings of salad, soup, bread, pizza and an assortment of other foods & desserts at a very reasonable price.
We drove on to beautiful Oceanside where we walked down the pier & spent several hours observing & photographing the surfers as they exhibited their exceptional abilities on the surfboard. While John was taking photos, we decided to walk a little further to Ruby’s on the pier for a light snack. We enjoyed our time there to just sit & relax a few minutes. When we returned, John had photographed & taken video of the surfers & a beach preacher, so it was a nice way to end the day.
August 8, Friday
Dwain & LuAnn picked us up that afternoon and we started our day at Seaport Village where we boarded the amphibious “Seal”which is similar to Branson’s “Ride the Duck”. At first we were able to see the points of interest in San Diego, much of which had been covered on the Trolley tour, but what was so different about this tour was how we were able to experience this unique city by water. This tour was the most interesting way to experience the points of interest & viewing the seals, sea lions & seagulls in their protected environment.
We were able to get close enough to photograph their whiskers as they were sunning themselves on a barge. We learned from our tour guide, Big Maddie that the dolphins and sea lions were so intelligent that they were trained by the military to search for explosive devices in the ocean waters.
August 9 Saturday
This was a day of shopping, playing one of my favorite card games, Canasta & eating a delicious Chinese meal at Peking Wok in Bonsall to celebrate Dwain & LuAnn’s 53rd anniversary. That evening we went to the Welk Resorts; in their clubhouse we found some interesting items about the Lennon Sisters. We also drove up to the top of the resort roads and saw Lawrence Welk’s home.
August 10 Sunday
Sunday we went to church with Dwain & LuAnn, along with their youngest son, Dirk & his family.
The pastor, John Ettore had an inspiring message & we really enjoyed hearing about the teen’s recent Summer Camp. Several of the youth told of their spiritual experience with such enthusiasm.
After church, we all met to eat a light lunch. .We had a chance to meet Dana, Dwain & LuAnn’s middle son for a few minutes but had some time with their youngest son, Dirk, his lovely wife, Katherine & their two precious daughters, Grace & Abigail, a very talented young lady who plays guitar, piano & sings.
After lunch, Dwain drove us to Balboa Park where we enjoyed the Spreckles Organ concert on the largest organ in the Western Hemisphere.
We arrived at the concert 10 minutes early, but by the time we found the best location , got our umbrellas to shield us from the warm 80 degree weather, the concert was upon us. The Spreckels Pipe Organ contains 4,518 pipes, comprising 76 ranks. (This year on December 31, there will be a special Centennial concert there at the Pavillion to dedicate the new pipes which will be webcast.. This will be the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ once the new pipes are added, 5000 total.)
Dr. Carol Williams is the Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society and she performed an hour long concert filled with some classical pieces for the organ as well as a fugue by J.S. Bach & some familiar selections, America, Greensleeves, a medley from “Phantom of the Opera & last, our beloved National Anthem. There was also a guest artist from Arizona State University who performed. At the close of the concert with the flag waving high & a plane in the sky, the National Anthem was heard throughout the park & I thought how moving it was to see people who loved their country & honored the American flag that we hold so dear.
August 11 Monday
We decided to use this time to work on our 6 weeks blog here in San Diego. On our final day here, we met with our dear friends, who had set aside time each day to spend with us, for our last meal together. We had a wonderful time here in San Diego and we hope to return someday.