First Winter Away - 2005 travel blog

Spreckels Pavillion

botanical garden

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

We're going to like it here in San Diego. We've been here before and it has always been my dream to live here because the climate is so ideal and the coastal scenery is so appealing. Since starter homes cost $750,000 we will be content living in our RV home in a resort right on the water. Each site is nicely landscaped, the laundry room will take care of our Mt. Everest of dirty clothes, and there are even some activities to join such as a potluck dinner and tour of Little Italy so we can meet our fellow campers. The pool and spa look enticing, but I haven't had time to put a toe in yet.

Today we visited Balboa Park, a 1200 acre green oasis in the middle of the city. It has hosted two world exhibitions and unlike Chicago, kept many of the buildings going and uses them today for at least 15 museums. We went there specifically to hear a concert at the Spreckel's Pavillion, where the largest outdoor organ in the US is celebrating its 90th birthday. Since I had trouble keeping track of one set of notes when I still played my violin, I really admire organists who have to use their hands and feet to take advantage of all the sounds available to them. I hope we can return to the park with our bikes and spend some time in some of the museums.

Tonight we look forward to seeing the Academy Awards with our eyes open. We have always tried to watch them, but on a school night we had a hard time staying awake to find out which film was the best picture. Here the show starts at 5:30 and it will never be a school night again!

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