Chula Vista, CA
January 15, 2019
Coronado Beach Doggie Park
A clean and pristine beach
along with beautiful views
and friendly pups (and their owners) make Coronado Beach Doggie Park a must do when we visit San Diego. No better way to put a smile on my face, a skip in my step
|(and a skip in Jack's step too)|
and fill my heart with happiness than to watch Dover, Sally
|Yes, they practiced for hours to perfect their moves!|
|Our little athlete!|
The off-leash doggie beach is located on the north end of Coronado Beach and backs up to the Navy Base.
Much to my excitement, there are 70 miles of beaches in San Diego. I never know when or where Ocean Beach turns into Mission Beach and Mission Beach turns into Pacific Beach and so on. What I do know is that it's amazingly beautiful and I am definitely in a happy place.
For several years we have joined Carol and Ronnie for a bike ride on the boardwalk that meanders along Mission Beach. We don't have bikes anymore so when Carol wanted to go ride bikes there last week, Joe and I joined them, but we walked. I was really glad we walked ! We parked at the end of the beach near the volleyball nets.
Hummm...walk the boardwalk or walk the beach? That's a no brainer ! We had barely gotten started when we saw Carol and Ronnie go by.
It was a gorgeous day for a beach walk...
At Bellmont Park, we continued our walk on the boardwalk to get a feel for the "laid-back" neighborhood lined with cute little homes and eateries.
FYI...The Giant Dipper, located at Bellmont Park, is a wooden rollercoaster built in 1925 and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
Mission Beach spans nearly two miles of ocean front. The boardwalk curves along the beaches on both the ocean and bay sides of the community.
FYI...thong bikinis are technically illegal on Mission Beach. But if the mood strikes to wear one, the law is not typically enforced !
|Some alleys that join Mission Blvd to the beach are very charming.|
The USS Midway is a maritime museum located at Navy Pier in downtown San Diego.
|A beautiful skyline from Navy Pier...|
When commissioned in 1945 (a week after the end of WWII) it was the largest ship in the world.
Work was done in 1957 to install a deck-edge elevator and an angled flight deck. In 1966, the flight deck was enlarged from 2.8 acres to 4 acres.
Before being decommissioned in 1992, it served in the Vietnam War and in Operation Desert Storm.
We began a self-guided audio tour in the hanger deck.
The flight deck and hanger deck have more than 30 restored aircraft and helicopters displayed. Joe served on the USS Ranger during the mid sixties. He saw many of the aircraft that were also on the Ranger.
"These aircraft and helicopters span decades from the Battle of Midway in 1942, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, to today's tactical aircraft. Each one represents an aspect of the USS Midway's long history."
After we perused the flight deck, we joined a guided Island tour led by one of the many volunteer docents. The first deck in the island houses the flight deck operations room and the navigation room.
There is a chair for the air "boss" and the "mini" boss with a view of the entire flight deck.
The Commanding Officer's chair is on the top deck in the island along with the Gator chair where the carrier is steered.
There are a couple of amazing statues also located close to the Midway on Navy Pier.
The first one is the "Kissing Statue".
The statue is 25 feet tall and officially known as "Unconditional Surrender". It depicts the famous embrace between a sailor and a nurse celebrating the end of WWII in New York's Times Square in 1945.
Also on the pier is a National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military. The statue of Bob Hope shows him entertaining the troops. What was really cool was an audio box playing sound bites from some of his times entertaining the troops. When Joe was on the USS Ranger in the mid sixties, Bob Hope visited them twice in the Gulf of Tonkin... once with Ann Margaret !
I will close for now. Until next time,