San Diego Port Call | September 2019
When we found out there was a chance we’d visit San Diego this year, we told some of our friends in Tucson in case they’d be able to meet us there. The dates for the trip fluctuated a bit, as they always do with the military, but when I was sure enough to book tickets, I passed along the dates and some of them were able to make a weekend trip out of it. It had been 3 years since we’d been together, but we picked up right where we left off and had such a great day catching up and exploring the city together.
Here are some of the memories we have from our time together:
- Starting off the day with Winchell’s donuts and Better Buzz coffee, followed by antiquing at San Diego’s Largest Vintage and Antique Mall
- A trip to Cabrillo National Monument where the guys completed the Junior Ranger program. We just so happened to visit on the anniversary of Cabrillo’s landing at Point Loma so the area was busy with lots of festivities going on. I was excited to visit on such a clear day because we were able to see San Diego and the surrounding mountains so well — when Curtis and I visited 6 years ago, it was so foggy that we had next to no visibility.
- We went to the Gaslamp district downtown for some lunch and ended up at the Gaslamp Tavern. Also while downtown, we were victorious in some PokemonGo battles, learned how to play Intelligent Qube, and underwent the controversy of Lot 28.
- We walked around the busy but beautiful Balboa Gardens.
- That evening, Curtis gave the guys a tour of his submarine while the girls had a girl’s night in the hotel room, complete with White Claw.
- We ended the night at Denny’s, because every good day ends with delicious breakfast food.
- The next morning for our final hours together, we walked around the area where our hotels were located and enjoyed Better Buzz coffee, Marvelous Muffins, and played PokemonGo. We said our goodbyes, as they were off to tour the Midway, which Curtis and I had visited on our last visit and, quite frankly, we’ve seen enough boats/Navy-related sites since then. 😉
Thank you to Alex, Kathy, Henry, Austin, and Seneca for making the trip out to see us! We are thankful for these friendships that have stayed strong despite the distance and time apart. Can’t wait to see when and where our next visit will be! And a special shout out to Mitchell, who planned the whole trip but then got scared and cancelled at the last minute. We were thinking of you the entire time. 🙂