Oceanside/San Diego Trip

March 31, 2012

Balcony Sunset

Friday March 2: We flew to LAX with Mike and Sara today. Then we drove to Oceanside. We are staying at the Wyndham on the beach and pier for that manner.  The traffic at 3PM was very heavy most of the way but I have seen worse here. The view from our 6th floor condo is terrific. We look straight out onto the beach.  After settling in and watching the sunset over the water’s horizon we walked up to the local brew pub and had a before dinner drink. Next we strolled down to the Flying Pig Restaurant which is kind of out of the way and appears to be frequented by only locals who know each other.  We had a terribly long wait before eating but the wait was worth it.  Everyone’s meal was delicious. I had pork chops, Mike had flank steak, and Gwen and Sara had chicken and dumplings.

Saturday March 3:  For breakfast we dined at  Beach Break  in Oceanside.  It was well worth the Saturday morning wait and they have coffee for caffine lovers while you wait.  Then we drove to San Diego and toured the USS Midway, a large retired aircraft carrier docked in the bay. Along with touring the ship itself the Midway has a large number or WWII and later aircraft.  I could have spent the day there but hunger overcame all of us and we drove to Coronado  Island where we ate at the Brigatine .  Next we toured the Del El Coronado hotel.  Then we drove back to the Wyndham Oceanside and chilled.  For Saturday night dinner we had Thai food at a hole in the wall in downtown Oceanside.  It was really good.  Wish I could remember the name of the place!

Sunday March 4: we hung out at the hotel in the morning so I walked to a local coffee shop and had a large cup of Joe.  Later, we drove to Ocean Beach and ate lunch at Hodads which has the best burgers in the World.  Then we drove to La Jolla to view the seals.  Walking back to the car we toured an open house that the owner was eying to unload for $1.6 Million.  The house is a al steal based on the location and the quality of the house.  Then back to the hotel to chill for a couple of hours. Our evening out  was at the San Diego gas latern district.  We had cocktails at the Hotel Indigo rooftop bar and then had dinner at La Pueta.  Then back to the hotel to watch Sport Center.

Hodad's - the best burger in the Cosmos

Monday March 5: We saw Mike and Sara off this morning and head back to the Beach Break Diner for breakfast. We ate healthy this morning and the food was just as good as the other day. Next we drove to the Cabrillo National Monument at Point Loma.  Cabrillo was the first Anglo dude to step foot on California. He was Portugese and he did the deed in the 1500s.  The Point Loma light house is also there.  After the monument we discovered the Harbor Point Diner not far from the monument.  The burgers there were close to as good as Hodad’s.  Of course when you are in San Diego you must go to the Zoo.  If you go be prepared to walk a lot.  Much of the zoo is laid out in trails.  We did get to see the pandas but all they did was sleep which is what you would expect from Pandas.

We ate dinner at Piatti’s in La Jolla.  Italian and very good.

Goodbye bird friend on the pier

Tuesday March 6:  Drove back to LAX and flew home.  Took all day because flight was delayed.  Arrived home at 8:30PM.

Another cool plane on the hanger deck

Got'a be Movie Stars, but who?

The Coronado Hotel

Our Condo from Oceanside Pier

My friend the pelican sittin on the dock of the bay (er' beach)

The movie stars again on the Hotel Indigo rooftop bar