Monday, September 21, 2015

San Diego - swoon city

Coronado Beach Campground

My sister, Martha, and I are currently cruising California in her 30 foot RV, Fifi.

Yes, still posting about sunny southern California, because I just can't get over how gorgeous it is. Martha and I drove down to San Diego from Santa Barbara, and our first stop was Coronado Beach, where the campsites are literally on the edge of the beach.

Martha's son, Garrett, came by with his girlfriend to visit, and surf, so that was really nice. And not much could have beat waking up to that view in the morning. It was a glorious stop, not even ruined by getting soaked to the skin putting all the hoses away when it was time to check out, and again when dumping before we left. Not even by the rain stopping as soon as we were done. sigh.

From there, we spent a night at Garret's before I dropped Martha off for her flight to Hawaii. Where she is still having the time of her life.

I decided to stay a couple of more nights in town, the weather was so beautiful and there is a very cheap hostel right on the beach. Martha and I had stayed there a couple of years ago, when it was part of the Banana Bungalow chain, but now it is just Beach Bungalow. 

Looks the same, management and staff are just as nice. And the location is unbeatable, not to mention the price. $31 a night, plus tax. Right. On. The. Beach.

There is a deck out back right on the boardwalk. I ate there every chance I got.

Except when I was eating at the little snack shack right next door. Same view, with pizza and a shake.

This is the Pacific Beach area of San Diego, and we love it. There are great places to eat and drink, the ones on the boardwalk are especially colorful and lively.

But the facilities of the beach are truly fabulous. There is a first aid station.

There are public bathrooms within comfortable reach. Fountains with water that was reasonably cool.

There are showers to get rid of excess sand, right next to the beach...

...and again next to the bathrooms.

Soooo very many benches, on that long boardwalk, to just sit and get lost in that view.

Bike rentals.

A great pier. I scooped up a spot in the shade of the pier, out of the hot sun, with a nice breeze blowing.

It actually got a little too cool in the shade, but it was no problem to move out into the sun.

I had a picnic on the beach with a few things I picked up from the supermarket.

I'm in L.A. right now, and probably for the next month or so, at least. But I'm pretty sure San Diego is in my not too distant future. Martha and I had made tentative plans to go there when we came back from Europe, but it didn't seem like it was going to happen when I actually got back.

Now, though, the timing looks like it could maybe work out for November. Martha is in Vegas most of October. The main problem is housing. I really don't want to commit to a long lease, because I'm hoping to figure out a way to get back to Europe by April, at the latest. 

But the other thing is that I think I can find more interesting work here. I'm staying near Burbank, surrounded by the movie and TV studios. So...still playing it by ear, waiting to see how things work out. 

In the meantime, though, I'm really loving California. Not at all a bad place to wait for the future to unfold.

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