San Diego

I love California. Especially southern California. Beaches, palm trees, climate, what’s not to love? So, a few weeks back, I took some time off and went vagabonding. First, I had to drive through Utah and Nevada (where I ran out of gas). Since I left directly from the mill, I drove in the dark through eastern Utah and woke up here.

Quite a switch from the mountain meadow where I usually see first light. Traveling the west gets tedious for me, though. Some people enjoy the vast emptiness.

Driving a few miles, I decided to get breakfast at Frontier Village.

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It was a great place to stop. Food and service were good, and the prices were reasonable. I dont remember the exit number or anything, though. If you want to find it, you’re on your own.

One of the reasons that I love California is that things grow there. I have no idea what this plant is, but isnt it gorgeous? It grows along the sidewalk leading into Old Town San Diego. I spent a day there, just milling around, enjoying the vibe. Yes, it’s more touristy than I usually do, but why not? There’s a lot to see!

This big open square is where things happen. People watching here is as good as Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, and the weather’s nice all year round. You can ride your  bike, with a funky hat, or just get furry!

Below are some shots of Racine and Laramie Tobacconist. If you enjoy the occasional pipe or cigar, this is a place to visit. It was one of the first businesses in the village of San Diego, opening its doors in 1868. While they may look like it, these guys werent there then. Believe it or not, they’re father and son, and the vintage look is not a uniform. They just enjoy dressing in period clothes, for the enjoyment of the clientele.

The selection of tobacco products and accessories is exhaustive, ranging from inexpensive pipes and cigars to hand blended tobacco. Because they are a tobacco shop, it’s legal to smoke in the shop. They even have a small smoking lounge where you can sit, chat, and enjoy a nice bowl or stogie.

Lunch at Fred’s Mexican Food. If you’re in the mood for a tasty Mexican bite, you’ll find it there. The service is good and staff are friendly. I’ll go again.

Balboa Park

It’s another historic and beautiful attraction of San Diego. Both historic and modern, it reflects the Spanish influence the pervades the region.

While the architecture harks back to an earlier time, much of the art is very modern.

Of course, you never know what you’ll find around the next corner.

Beach Stuff

Of course! What would a trip to San Diego be if I didnt hit the beach every day? Tacos at South Beach Grill and Bar, Coffee at Java Jungle, with plenty of sunshine and waves.

So, that’s it for San Diego. I’ll be back! In the meanwhile

~Enjoy the Life you’re living!

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