We stayed at Mission Bay RV Park for a month. We love this park. It's simple, clean with beautiful views. We have a great site with no one on our patio side. We've been hearing stories for years that the mobile home park that surrounds the RV park is supposed to be closing. They have apparently been in litigation with the residents for ten years. Each time we come here there are less and less units. Apparently they are close to a resolution. The RV Park across the creek from us, called Campland - which is a really gross park - is apparently going to close and they will take over the running of this park. Their land will be cleared and allowed to revert back to its natural state. If anyone's interested in the history - rather long - check out http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2011/sep/14/cover-trailer-park/. We'll see next year if anything's different.
Mission Bay Park consists of 4600 acres of land with 27 miles of shoreline. It's the largest park of its kind in the world. The area is so different from the stereotypical American lifestyle. At any given moment of the day there are runners, walkers, cyclists moving, even Larry riding his bike. It's a very well-used park.
We had a wonderful month. It was very relaxing and the weather was beautiful except for a couple days of heavy rain at the very end of February. We were booked on a Sunset Cruise (using a Groupon) on Valentine's Day but as we were waiting to board, the fog started rolling in. We figured it wasn't much use going if you couldn't see anything so they let us re-schedule. We drove downtown (where there wasn't a bit of fog) and ended up at Henry's Pub for Happy Hour.
We spent some of our time here trying to plan what we will do next winter. The idea we have at the moment is to do races in Pomona and Vegas then come to San Diego around November 15 for five months. Because of fuel costs, etc. we thought we might try a condo and put the RV in storage. We spent a good bit of time looking at condos and searching for storage for the RV. We did put a deposit on a one bedroom/one bathroom condo at Pacific Beach. We got it for a really good price. It is a bit outdated high rise built in 1972 but is on the ocean with an amazing view. We have a couple of options for RV storage - a couple indoor and some outdoor. We may or may not go this route next winter. We'll see!
Our friends Paul and Janet, from South Surrey, arrived on the 19th and we had a great few days with them. They parked their Airstream right across from us. On the 20th we toured the Midway Aircraft Carrier. It's very interesting and we were there for several hours. On the 21st we took Paul and Janet around LaJolla and the Children's Pool. We saw lots of seals and birds. It was Larry's birthday and we went to Saska's for dinner. It was excellent - casual and very good seafood. Paul was looking for a new regulator for his BBQ so on the 22nd we went to numerous places looking for one - unsuccessful! We stopped at Hodad's on Broadway for lunch. It had been recommended to us when we were at Henry's Pub. It had been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It is very basic - concrete floors, picnic style tables, huge portions - and lined up out the door continually! We managed to get two more seats on the sunset cruise so Paul and Janet came too. The sunset was beautiful but we also were accompanied by a big pod of dolphins and saw a couple of grey whales just before going down the return channel. Bonus! Costco had been one of our stops during the earlier part of the day and we had picked up a big bag of mussels and some fresh prawns. We BBQ'd them up - some at Paul's and some at ours - and feasted on that and salad at our picnic table. They left on the 23rd. What a great visit!
The 27th and 28th saw the before mentioned rain storm. It actually caused quite a bit of flooding north in LA and we had some wild wind. On the 1st we drove down to Pacific Beach and saw a lot of debris from the palm trees including one that had simply snapped off on top of a car. We also saw some excitement with about 5 police cars and numerous police taking down a guy down an alley.
On the 3rd we drove to the zoo to see about getting a membership. Using the address of the condo we were able to get a pass for $119 that would last a year. This would help us for next winter then too. On the 4th we went to the zoo and managed to cover half of it before Larry's scooter started to weaken. We got a ride back up the hill (the hills are very big) and will do the other half another day. It's still a wonderful zoo. On the 5th we drove out to LaJolla again and saw the cave area in LaJolla Cove.
On the 10th we met Marylou and John at Denny's for lunch. Maureen and Marylou have been corresponding for probably close to 50 years and haven't seen each other for about 25 years! Marylou has been deaf since birth and now has Parkinson's. It was the first time meeting John. They have been married for about 10 years.
With another Groupon we went on an afternoon fishing trip on the 11th. There weren't many fish caught - mostly small rock fish with one ling cod. Larry didn't catch anything although he lost a couple of big fish that ate his herring and squid. They were using live bait too so that was a little tricky - very slippery! We saw lots of birds, some more dolphins and a sea lion. It was interesting motoring past the naval base and having the huge helicopters going overhead. There close to 30 people on the trip.
On the 13th, while looking again for RV storage, we ended up in LaJolla but this time went up and over Mt. Soledad. There is an amazing viewpoint at the top with a 360 degree view of the area. Also a beautiful veterans' memorial. On the 14th, John and Marylou came over for a short visit. She wasn't having a good day but it was lovely to see her one more time. On the 15th we headed out about 10:30 for Hesperia CA.