San Diego Cityscape

San Diego Cityscape

Although Coronado is most often referred to as an island, it is an isthmus.  We took advantage of a friend’s offer to care for her two ageing cats in exchange for the use of her condo.  What a deal.  The condo is on the fifteenth floor (actually 14 as there is no 13) with an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean from the living room/deck, dining room, and bedroom.  Pelicans dive from thirty feet straight into the water for a fish.  Pods of dolphins arch their fins above the surf just beyond the bogie boarders and surfers.  During the morning hours of the work week, Navy Seals are active.  On Monday and Wednesday they took an ocean swim.  On Tuesday there were 15 rafts each with a seven man crew on an exercise that included landing and launching.  The sound of the surf hitting the sandy beach is calming.  The beach has a wonderful, clean sand.  On Saturday we enjoyed outstanding salads under the shade of an umbrella at McP’s Irish Pub.  On Sunday we ferried to San Diego.  After alfresco dining at the Edgewater Grill, we explored some of the shops in Seaport Village.  Then we took a two hour harbor tour.  The San Diego cityscape is modern, clean and appealing.  Naval ships line the harbor, both north and south.  We saw an area where the Navy Seals do some of their special training.  A nuclear submarine was drydocked with its propellar concealed so that no one can determine its unique underwater sound.  A Hornet, a Navy strike force jet, took off from the Navy’s North air strip.  Sea lions lounged on a pier while sailboats also took advantage of the warm, sunny weather.  The Californian, a replica of the 1847 Cutter C. W. Lawrence, was also on the water.  An excellent, if expensive, dinner at the Coronado Boathouse.  Our first sunset was memorable, and we have several more days to enjoy Coronado and San Diego.

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