First up on the agenda was a visit with another blogger! We had made arrangements to meet with Tioga George. First, at his apartment to see his garden, and then for breakfast.
We arrived at George's apartment at about 8:20, and sure enough there was George sitting outside the lobby waiting for us. Hugs all around, and then it was up to the apartment. He's got a nice little bachelor studio apartment in a seniors building and with a balcony that he's turned into a flower garden.
George, with his flower garden.
For those of you who don't know, George operated a blog that became very popular as it detailed his travels throughout North America with his motorhome which he called Ms. Tioga. They were always out "searching for adventure", and they spent a lot of time in Mexico. We eventually met George in 2013 at Hacienda Contreras and we hit it off. George has since retired from the RV lifestyle (he's going to be 79 this year) but continues to update his blog once a week or so. One of the reasons we wanted to visit San Diego was to see George again.
George had suggested that we go to D.Z. Akins, a popular Jewish deli restaurant near his apartment. We arrived there at 9:00am, and good thing we did because it got really busy by the time we left almost two hours later. Waiting for us was Stan, Colleen, and John and Janice!
We were stuffed. Some of us couldn't finish our plates of food. I did notice that the people who had been there before ordered smaller stuff. They knew the servings were large! But on the bright side, we wouldn't need anything more than a snack for lunch.
Janice, Ruth, George, Kevin, Helen, Tony.
We all had a wonderful visit with George and hope that we get to do it again some day. Thanks for taking the time to visit with us George!
We parted ways, and Ruth, Tony, Helen, and I decided to head down to the waterfront to see the USS Midway, the big aircraft carrier that is now a museum ship.
Close to downtown San Diego.
Lots of interesting ships at San Diego waterfront.
And there it is, the USS Midway.
Funny, it doesn't look that big from behind!
Amazing that it was built in 1945. Still looks quite modern.
You'll notice in the pictures above that the sky had cleared up and it turned into a beautiful day. Based on that, we decided not to spend the $20 USD ($26 CAD) each to tour the ship. There's enough to see in the area outdoors around here.
A nice day for sailing!
Sailor arriving home.
Tony and Kevin. Too funny.
The USS Midway.
We decided to drive over to Coronado Island, which is not really an island, it's a kind of a peninsula. Anyhow, it offers nice views looking back across the bay to San Diego, plus they have bicycle rentals.
San Diego, taken from Coronado Island.
We rented one of those "surrey" bicycle things with four wheels and two benches. All four people have to pedal! We rented it for an hour, but it's quite a lot of work on the legs and we returned it after about 45 minutes. There was a ten minute grace period and when we brought it back the guy only charged us for the half hour rate. Nice! So that was $20 USD ($26 CAD), but split between the four of us it was a pretty cheap 45 minutes of fun.
I had videotaped the whole ride and it was pretty funny. But I'm learning that the GoPro videos are large files (although the quality is excellent!) and I haven't learned how to reduce them in size, if that's even possible. So because we're still on cellular internet, we can't upload even a couple of minutes of video in a file that size without using all our internet up!
The pineapple freighter!
The beautiful Coronado Hotel, built in 1888.
Nice sand castle!
Back to Stan and Colleen's where Ruth made a bunch of homemade beef enchilladas for everyone for dinner. Great meal (again!) and we sure are eating well.
But, today it's time to move on. Thanks for having us Stan and Colleen! We're heading out for breakfast (again!) and then up the coast to O'Neill Regional Park where we'll be for the next four nights until Helen and Tony head back to England later this week.
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