San Diego Metro KOA
Chula Vista, CA
January 10, 2022
Old Town San Diego is a state protected park in San Diego and rightfully so.
It is known as the birth place of California. History states that in 1769 Father Junipero Sierra, along with a group of Spanish soldiers established the first permanent settlements on a hill overlooking the San Diego River and what is Old Town today. Presidio Park, built by Father Sierra, is a beautiful Mission with lots of history that I wrote about in a blog post five years ago in January 2017. It was the first time we met Jeff and Fran and what a treat it was to have locals as guides that day as we explored the park. If you are interested, the "featured post" side bar (top right) is a link to that fun day.
|Thank you Jeff and Fran !|
For the years since then, when visiting San Diego having lunch with Jeff and Fran is something Joe and I look forward to. Today we met them at Casa Guadalajara (Jeff and Fran's choice and what a great choice it was!) in Old Town. Their company, laughter and conversation was the highlight.
|The patio setting at Casa Guadalajara was perfect!|
And it's worth mentioning that the food we were served was nothing short of a masterpiece of yummy goodness that I forgot to photo.
We have visited Old Town several times, and I still enjoy perusing the streets there. The colors make me happy.
Joe's mom always said, "Things don't just grow in California, they flourish." I couldn't agree more !
|At first glance, I thought this tree was decorated...|
|What an interesting flower...|
There is so much history in Old Town. Much of the history and the stories center around old buildings...homes, businesses, barns, etc. that are now museums. One building, The Church of the Immaculate Conception, is still a functioning church. Today, it serves over 300 families and visitors from around the world. It was dedicated in 1858 and the cornerstone to the present church was laid in 1868.
It is often called the Old Adobe Chapel on Conde Street today.
|Stained glass window from inside the church|
|The bell tower...the church was seismically retrofitted to withstand earthquakes in 2019.|
But sometimes, the history of a place is found in the food we enjoy ! And aren't we happy about that? Handmade tortillas made from scratch the old fashioned way usually draws a crowd. The dough gets hand pressed and rolled out and with a lot of practice...no presses needed here... a perfectly round tortilla is born. Everyday in Old Town, over 3,000 corn tortillas are made using between 300-400 pounds of corn and 5,600 flour tortillas are made using about 700 pounds. Now that's a lot of tortillas ! The dough rises and bubbles while they cook on large flat grills and the air fills with the smell of deliciousness. Yet another reason to enjoy perusing the streets !
|Tortillas date back to 10,000 BC to the Mayan time.|
I'll close with a few more favorite photos ...
The week is off to a wonderful start. It actually began at San Diego's biggest farmer's market on Sunday...more on that later. Until next time,