Saturday, January 30, 2016

Heading East...

San Diego Metro KOA
Chula Vista, CA

 Today has turned into packing day. The forecast calls for rain and gusty winds beginning Sunday evening with a dip in the temps. We hope to dodge the winds and the snow/ice on the mountain passes leaving San Diego a day early. 

Our stay here has flown by. It is amazing how a couple of months can become memories so quickly. 

We have enjoyed visits with Ronnie, Carol and Cooper. Carol is an awesome cook and we have had the pleasure of joining them for dinner at their home.  

We have been entertained by other visitors as well...and enjoyed lazy days (some of them wrapped up in a blanket) on the patio.

 The Tan Clan has had lots of exercise between visits to the beach every week and playing here. 

 The days the sun decided to show resulted in beautiful skies to the east...the view we have from our front window.
 The Sweetwater River runs beside the KOA. There is a walking/biking trail along the river. 

I stopped on a bike ride to photograph the Willets.

 All of a sudden, a group of birds flew out of the someone had tossed a bucket of pearly beads into the air...

 which instantly turned into black diamonds.

A marina and restaurant, a sandy sitting area, or Pepper Park offer a spot to catch your breath and rest your legs.  Or you can continue on the trail for a view of the Sweetwater Watershed.

We enjoyed one last get together with Dave, Lynn and Richie (Their home was parked at the Chula Vista RV Resort there.) at the Galley At The Marina. A dinner of "made fresh everyday clam chowder" and the Thursday special of fish and chips. The sunset was showy, the food yummy, and company delightful...our table was the nosiest with lots of laughs! See you all in Tucson...

 Until next time, 

Happy days and happy trails!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Charming Coronado

San Diego Metro KOA
Chula Vista, CA
January 27, 2016

According to archeological findings, the La Jollan Indians were seasonal visitors to the island we call Coronado over 1,000 years ago. 

In 1602, when Sebastian Vizcaino (a Spanish explorer), sailed past the rocky islands he named them Las Yslas Coronades. His crude map of the bay provided the world with it's first picture of Coronado. 

 "The Islands Crowned" have a rich history and long time-line of events with results being the elegant resort beach community we can enjoy today. The Navy played an important part in the islands history. The Navy first set up camp in 1911 and by 1917 had established a Naval Air Station. In 1963, Coronado was granted the name of "The Birthplace of Naval Aviation". 

Additionally, in the early 1900s, the community boomed with new residents building homes and businesses.

Our morning visit was two-fold. First, a stop by Hollands Bicycles. They have been part of the community for over 90 years. The shop is well stocked with all types of bicycles, and a large selection of accessories. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. 

Then we walked. There is definitely a slow pace on the island. Yummy smells from the cafes fill the air, folks greet each other with a smile and a "good morning" and its pleasantly quiet. The sidewalks we meandered were colorful, peaceful, and inviting. I had a great time taking pictures!

Until next time, happy trails!