2014 Cross Country 2 travel blog

Winnie peeking over the beach

Silver Stand Beach ends at the border of the US Navy Training...

View toward Mexico about 8 miles south

View toward Coronado

Kelp on the beach

Gulls seen on the beach

Pelicans diving for food

Pelicans in flight

SEAL wanna-be's?

It's 5 o'clock somewhere!

Always some wind to fly a kite

Pigeons perch where there are no needles

Barrel Drive-in

Surf's up

Don & Maggie waiting under the flag pole at Old Town San...

1st ATM at the Wells Fargo office in Old Town San Diego

Office copier at Wells Fargo office

Wells Fargo stage coach that used to bring travelers overland to San...

Fresh salt water taffy

Decorated gourds

Lucha Libre masks worn by the luchadores in Mexican professional wrestling

Big cargo wagon used to transport commodities - The dump trucks of...

Root beer for sale

Dia de muertos - Day of the Dead

Moravian Star relic from an Old Town tin shop

Lighted Moravian Star

Some of the flowers in bloom in Old Town

Dancers with colorful costumes and skeleton faces

Sue & Vince and Maggie & Don hamming it up

Mexican Talavera Folk Art Crosses

Day of the Dead skulls

Day of the Dead skeletons

Yesterday we spent most of the day at Silver Strand. The state park is nestled in between two Navy facilities and is a couple of miles long. Since the last time we stayed here in 2012, they've added electric and water to each of the RV camping sites, but not sewer.

It seems that there were a lot of bait fish schooling along the shore as there were a lot of pelicans diving into the ocean to catch the fish. Other birds including gulls, sand pipers, and other shore birds are common also. Along with the birds, there was a group of what looked like novice surfers.

We went to Don and Maggie's house for pizza and football. It was a near perfect day with the Eagles beating the Giants 27-0. The only problem was we couldn't stick around for the final gun because we had to be back in the camp before 8:00 PM or risk being locked out. If you get locked out, your need to park your car somewhere outside the park and walk about a mile to the camp sites. We made it back just in time.

Today I had to take my iPad to the Apple store in the Fashion Valley Mall. When we got there, it was going to be about a 45 minute wait to meet with an associate at the Genius Bar so we decided to get something to eat. We ate at True Food, a natural food place. it was all natural, organic, gluten free, etc. I should have know that it would't be cheap. I had a tiny Mediterranean Salad and Sue had Spaghetti Squash casserole and 2 drinks for the reasonable price of $41 plus a tip. It was okay, but not $41 okay. After lunch we headed back to the Genius Bar to have them look at my damaged iPad. My choice was a refurbished iPad for $299 or a new iPad Air for $599. The bill is going to be paid for by Statkus Engine Center in Albuquerque. I ordered the refurbished iPad and hope to be able to pick it up in 3 or 4 days.

After finishing up at Apple, we met Don and Maggie at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. San Diego became California's first Spanish settlement when a mission and fort were established in 1769. It passed into the hands of the newly made Mexican government before gaining statehood in the United States after the Mexican-American War in the 1840's. There are restored original historic buildings including 5 adobe buildings as well as some reconstructed sites and some building built in the 20th century in the style of the 1800's. There are some museums (Wells Fargo, old stable, etc.), retail shops, and several restaurants set up for the tourists.

Old Town is decked out for the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos), a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The actual celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with All Hallows Eve (Halloween), All Saints Day, and All Souls' Day. It's a combination of native pagan tradition and Catholic theology. The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations. We had dinner at a Mexican Restaurant and were entertained by Mexican dancers dressed in colorful costumes and with skeleton faces. Good food, good entertainment with good friends. A delightful day.

I think the rest of the week we are going to mostly stay close to Winnie and enjoy the beach and the near perfect weather that is characteristic of San Diego. The forecast is for mid-70's, a sea breeze and lots of sun. Stay tuned.

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