Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Beaches

San Diego Metro KOA
Chula Vista, CA
January 25, 2017


In between rainy days, we have had a couple of fun sunny days. Monday, Jan. 16, we met Lisa and Hans  at Ocean Beach for a walk and lunch.  It's always fun connecting with them and catching up. So much so, I didn't get many pictures of us !  
OB is home to the OB Municipal Pier which is one of the most visited landmarks in San Diego.  It was officially christened in July 1966 and just celebrated its 50th anniversary. 



The pier extends 1971 feet.  Hans informed us the pier is the longest concrete pier on the west coast. 




It's unique T-shape at the end of the pier adds 360 feet to the south and 193 feet to the north.  

There is no fishing license required to fish from the pier.  Herring is the most common fish caught and there is no limit.  But, the only fish we got a glimpse of was a shark !












I love this view of the pier from the south end extension.














The tide was in so we strolled through neighborhoods.   It's so diverse and charming.  According to Lisa the streets have changed very little since the time she grew up here.






 





 Walking and talking always works up a good appetite. I love fish tacos so Hans and Lisa suggested South Beach Bar and Grill...great company, awesome view of the ocean, and yummy food.  

The next day on Tuesday, we enjoyed a nice easy bike ride along Mission Beach - Pacific Beach Boardwalk, also known as Oceanfront Boardwalk .  We ride south to north about 4 miles one way. 

Biking along the boardwalk has it's challenges...dodging bicycles, skaters, and walkers...there is an 8 MPH speed limit. 


The south end of the boardwalk (on the right side with wide open beach views) is residential with quaint old homes, apartments and condos. I dream every time I ride by there !






About halfway, is Belmont Park...home to the Giant Dipper.   
 It's a historical wooden roller coaster located in Belmont Park on Mission Beach.  This piece of history was built in 1925.  With high speed and exciting dips,  it's a favorite among locals and tourists.  



The Giant Dipper was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.  It consumes 2.8 acres, is 2,600 feet long, it's 70 ft high with a 60 ft maximum drop. 



Unfortunately, the Dipper is closed this time of year for maintenance.


Up next is Crystal Pier, where the boardwalk changes from residences to shops, hotels and restaurants with outdoor seating.  


Construction on the pier, which started in the early 1920s, progressed in stops and starts. 




The Cottages were built in 1930 and have a history of guests enjoying the unique experience of "sleeping over the ocean".  

The end of trail for us is the north end where the trail runs  atop a 75-foot bluff.  


Ronnie and Carol enjoy the view and the sunshine !


On Thursday before the rains and winds settled in for the weekend and beyond, we met Hans and Lisa at The Blue Guitar, a guitar shop in San Diego.  




Joe watches on as Hans and DeForrest, the owner, talk guitars.
 

We all enjoyed lunch at El Pollo Loco.  Joe and I chose the stuffed chicken quesadilla...way to much food, but guess who ate every bite !







So until next time, take care and...

HAPPY TRAILS !

13 comments:

  1. What fun to spent time with Hans and Lisa:) It is always so nice to tour around with locals.

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  2. Spending the winter in San Diego at the beach must be close to Heaven.

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    1. It's awesome! And a nice change from the desert Jeri.

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  3. What a unique pier. I like the view too.

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    1. Just about everything here is unique Gayle! One reason I love it so!

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  4. Lisa took you to the best fish tacos on the beach! South Beach is pretty packed on the weekends. If you do the PB pier again make sure she includes Kono's for breakfast :) Beautiful pics of the beach areas.

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    1. Thanks Jeff. We will add Kono's to the list!

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  5. Looking forward to seeing you two in Tucson!

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    1. Safe travels Lisa...see you in a few weeks!

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  6. It is such a pretty area, and even better with locals who know all the best spots. Love the long pier and the trails along the ridge.

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    1. There's nothing quite like a beach fix in the middle off winter

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  7. The locals are the best tour guides most especially if they are your friends. Love all your captures, Gay. Hope to enjoy SD one day.

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