Coronado Sunset

Coronado Sunset

We traveled to the San Diego area this past weekend for a wedding celebration.  My wife, the bride’s godmother, had attended Erin’s baptism and first communion.  The wedding mass took place in All Hallows Catholic Church in La Jolla where the bride previously taught in the associated school.  The church itself is a modern design with distinctive glass windows behind the altar.  Jesus on the cross is centered on high amidst a backdrop of living trees.  The bride and groom — two fun loving, intelligent, responsible adults — already convey a mature, loving relationship.  Each of them is the first born and each has a younger brother.  Both sets of parents have been married for more than 30 years.  The reception took place in Coronado and represented a wonderful gathering of friendly people from a wide geographical area.  We were pleased to share a table with many who had traveled from Puerto Rico.  The sun set with memorable color thereby marking the beginning of the marriage covenant between this couple.

My Bike

My Bike

We stayed in a villa within the Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa which is directly on the San Diego Bay.  On our arrival we walked to the Coronado Ferry Landing for a late dinner.  While my wife enjoyed the pool near our villa, I walked around the Tidelands Park toward the San Diego Coronado Bridge.  Kids were playing baseball and soccer.  A birthday party offered inflatable castles for unlimited jumping.  The “My Bike” sculpture by Amos Robinson (2008) intrigued me.  Fisherman were poised in kayaks in the Bay while a young woman stood on a board paddling.  On Sunday, after purchasing new sun protecting hats, we ate lunch at another restaurant with a view at the Coronado Ferry Landing.  We spent the afternoon in Balboa Park where we visited the San Diego Museum of Man.  The Maya exhibit features several replicas of intricately designed stone.  The ancient Egypt exhibit displays several authentic artifacts and focuses on mummies.  “Footsteps Through Time” explains human evolution but is itself a product of a particular point in time.  The “Kumeyaay Indians of San Diego County” exhibit informed us about the local native population.  A special exhibit on “Curiosities of the Human Skeleton” introduced Chinese foot binding and African neck stretching among other unusual bone facts.  Perhaps we have been spoiled after visiting Singapore’s state-of-the-art museum and various Smithsonian museums.  This museum is in need of a complete renovation.  Where’s the money?  We enjoyed a stroll around cultural attractions housed in Spanish Renaissance style buildings as well as the rose garden.  We listened to the last song of a German dressed accordion player and watched the magic of Sleeveless Stephen Sloan.  Our visit to San Diego was relaxing and refreshing.

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