Lens Travels - Living our Dreams! travel blog

Nancy on her new bike

Exotic birds on display

Exotic birds on display

Exotic bird on display

Exotic bird on display

Our bikes

Guy paddling on his surf board

San Diego waterfront

San Diego waterfront

San Diego waterfront area

San Diego waterfront

Pricey looking yacht

Great tree

San Diego waterfront

San Diego waterfront

Bird of Paridise

Leaving the restaurant where we had lunch

Lunch at Joe's Crab Shack

Smal remote controlled sail boat

Beautiful yacht

San Diego waterfront

Goes on land and in the water

These things are everywhere on the waterfront

WW II Memorial

Downtown San Diego

Another Nancy candid camera shot

It started out as an overcast day with a good possibility of some rain, but we decided to chance it and ride our bikes on the waterfront area of downtown San Diego. Good choice as the weather turned out to be almost ideal for bike riding. It was a little cool initially, but we had a great ride. The weather is unseasonably cool right now I'm told, but for me it's great. Low 60's at night and upper 60's to low 70's during the day. How much better could it be. They say that it's usually in the upper 70's this time of the year which would be fine also.

Nancy recently bought a bike which is the ladies version of what I bought, and she seems to like it a lot. It's a hybrid between a mountain bike and the skinny tire road bikes. This seems to be a good compromise for the kind of riding that we like to do, and it worked great yesterday. We rode all over the waterfront area stopping along the way for pictures and just to take in all of the beauty of the place. What a delightful place this waterfront area is!!! Numerous parks, and lots of bike trails right along the water. Restaurants everywhere. We had lunch at Joe's Crab Shack right on the water and both Nancy and I thought their New England clam chowder and lobster bisque were very good.

By now you've probably figured out that I love San Diego. I'd heard so much good about it from lots of sources including Nancy, but now I've seen it for myself and I think it is the most interesting, charming and beautiful city that I've personally ever visited. The waterfront area is just outstanding, in my opinion!!!

It's not that hard getting around the area even during rush hours and I've not yet seen any evidence of serious smog as the sky was clear and blue yesterday. The weather is very moderate year round and there are several very nice beaches close by. When you cross the big Coronado bridge you enter another world which is green and lush with a quaint appeal, not to mention lots of beach area. Silver Strand State Park allows RV camping right on the Pacific Ocean which really appeals to me.

Both Nancy and I feel that we will be returning to the San Diego area on a regular basis as it is only about 6 hours from the Phoenix area. We hope to be able to camp at Silver Strand State Park, if possible. It's by reservation only and it's my guess that you'd have to reserve a beachfront site long in advance. I'll be checking that out soon.

After lunch we packed up the bikes on the Ranger and headed for the Gaslamp Quarter of the city. We walked around the whole area and there will be another post with pictures soon.

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