San Diego Metro KOA
Chula Vista, CA
January 25, 2022
Did you know that Coronado Island is not completely surrounded by water like most islands? It is referred to as a tied island. A tied island is connected to the mainland by a tombolo. So, what is a tombolo you might wonder (I sure didn't know!)...it is a bar of sand joining an island to the mainland. There are three ways to get to Coronado Island...Silver Strand which is the tombolo that connects Coronado to the mainland, the Coronado Bridge over the San Diego Bay or the ferry. We took the bridge today. It is a little intimidating with 2.1 miles of four lane traffic with a a nice curve and short concrete walls on the outsides and down the middle. Joe never gets to see these views.
We had plans to meet Jeff and Fran for lunch at the bay. It was one of those beautiful, perfect San Diego days so we decided to go early and walk. Orange Avenue offers a nice stretch of sidewalk from the Hotel Del to Bayside with lots of variety and interest along the way. We also ventured down a few side streets...just because !
I do have a "thing" for gates and doors.
|The Christ Episcopal Church built in 1894 was surrounded by camellias.|
Camellias remind me of Georgia. They have always been a favorite.
Coronado is a Spanish word that translates to crowned in English.
"The Crown City" is a nickname often used by locals when referring to the island. I had not noticed all the crowns. Pictures of crowns on signs and crowns in store windows were everywhere.
And speaking of locals, Charlie Chaplin and Dick Van Dyke, are among the rich and famous who have called Coronado Island home. Today, we learned from Jeff that L. Frank Baum, who spent many winters in a rented home on Coronado, wrote The Wizard of Oz on the island in the winter of 1900.
Coronado Island has a lot of beautiful green space (parks) and easily accessible sandy beach/ocean space, but almost 30,000 people live on the island and thousands of tourists visit there every year. It is most impressive that even with all the structures and folks that fill up the remaining space, there is no clutter.
So neat and orderly...
That makes Monday a wrap. I had mentioned in the last post Ocean Beach would be the next post. It is still on hold.