Sunday, January 30, 2022

Wrapping Up San Diego

San Diego Metro KOA

Chula Vista, CA

January 30, 2022

Ocean Beach

Our morning in Ocean Beach didn't turn out exactly as planned.  

OB Municipal Pier was officially christened in 1966 as the San Diego Fishing Pier.

We enjoyed a walk on the OB Pier.  I have read that this pier is one of the most visited landmarks in San Diego.  It extends 1,971 ft into the ocean and is said to be the longest concrete fishing pier on the west coast.  Herring is the most common fish caught from the pier and you can catch as many as you can carry...there is no limit !  The pier is a "T" shape.  The "T" is undergoing construction so our walk ended at the cafe.  The views from the pier seem endless.  This photo captures Mission Beach all the way to La Jolla (I think) and maybe even beyond.    

 We watched a pod of about eight dolphins swimming...

and enjoyed the efforts from the surfers. 

By this time, we had hoped the sun would have warmed the day more and that a low tide would invite a beach walk.    Neither of those happened.  

We did however take a stroll down Newport Avenue.  Newport Ave. is a three-block shopping district lined with the tallest, skinniest palm trees ever.   Coffee shops, vintage shops, ice cream parlors,  microbreweries and restaurants all add to the casual feel and small-town charm in this historic beach community. 

The store fronts, like this coffee shop porch, add lots of colorful and artsy vibe.  


Murals are painted everywhere.  The effort began in 1999 as a way to beautify OB and instill a sense of pride.  The artists have captured the essence of a seaside town with themes that range from surfing to cars, and flag-waving Americans.  

A self-guided walking tour of the murals can be downloaded 

Lunch at OB is always a treat.  Hodads - The World's Greatest Burger is right there on Newport Ave and they do smell yummy, but my choice remains South Beach Bar and Grill.  It has been a favorite since we spent a morning with Lisa and Hans back in 2017 and had lunch there.  For me it is all about the oysters.  First, fresh oysters (The quac, salsa and seasoned chips Joe gets are pretty dang good too!)...

followed by fried oyster tacos.

And I ate every morsel of this mouth watering yummy concoction ! 

Chula Vista Marina

I love taking photos at a marina.  It's like a special neighborhood for small boats to huge yachts all docked together just waiting.  So, we jumped at the chance to join Ronnie and Carol for lunch at the Galley at the Marina which overlooks the bay. 

After lunch, we decided to take a stroll to the nearby park. 

I have photographed lots of coots throughout the years, but in all those pictures, I never saw them out of the water.  They are noisy and very comical.  I was so wishing I had my camera and big photos don't zoom in so good.  I always assumed these medium-sized water birds were ducks. I was surprised to learn they are not.  On land, they look more chicken like with a plump body and rounded head, a short tiny tail, and large feet.  Those feet sure caught my eye.

Coots walk instead of waddling and are often clumsy, awkward fliers.  Maybe one reason they mostly stay in the water is that they require a long running takeoff to get airborne.

It was one of those beautiful changing sky days.  Looking at the photo below, one would not guess it was mid-day.  My phone documented this picture at 2:05 pm...

this photo at 2:15 pm

and this photo at 2:18 pm.

The metal sculpture, titled The Fisherman, was added to the park in 2006 as part of the Port of San Diego Tidelands Collection. 

Gorgeous windswept trees...

and views of the Bay Bridge and Coronado Island sure give this park a captivating charm in addition to being a place to play.  

I have always enjoyed the ocean and beach.  Growing up my family spent many vacations in Florida along the Atlantic coast and Joe and I and our family enjoyed many vacations along the Gulf.  When deciding to travel full-time back in 2012, I knew the Pacific Coast was a "must go there" destination.  There is something mighty and majestic about the ocean that is certainly a draw for this small-town Georgia gal.

San Diego is definitely a fun get away and a nice change of scenery for us.  But, one thing we did learn about ourselves is that we do miss home...the sticks and stucco home that is.  In real time, we left San Diego a few days early (actually to avoid some very windy travel days that were forecast).  We both agree (well, today that is) that really long trips are no longer in our future.  Home is safe, quiet, comfy, and roomy yet cozy .  And there is always something to do...somewhere behind that mountain of huge tumbleweeds is the gate to the front yard and there is another mountain even bigger in the back corner by the fence.

And every backyard needs violas this time of year.  If you leave, you plant them again.    

We still plan to travel in the MH as that is the only way we can enjoy travels with the pups.  But out goals have changed.   Vacations to explore our home state of Arizona are in the works...there really is a lot to see and do and we have only scratched the surface. 

I am excited as I write this post because Ronnie and Carol will be visiting Tucson the first two weeks in February.  I can't wait to share some favorite places and see new to us places with them.  So, stay tuned !  Until then, I'll close with a few photos from SD.

The puppies had their treats and we did too !

I had pineapple and coconut cheesecake.




  1. Nice visit to OB. We really enjoyed the bike ride to OB from Mission Bay. Your photo tour does a great job of sharing the highlights. We, too, are planning to spend time visiting our home state. The more I research the more I realize there is to do and see here in NV. Glad to see the puppies getting their treats. Little Jack is right there front and center trying to be patient.

    1. Jack is always up front and center and sweet Sally is always in the back…so she usually gets her treat first…👍. Any time at the beach is a good time for me.

  2. Nice review of OB! South Beach also has some nice fish tacos, but our current favorite are the grilled mahi at the W.O.W. Café.
    Welcome home!

    1. Thanks Jeff…I’m thinking it would be fun to have lunch on the Pier. Definitely a go for next time.

  3. We say the same thing about Montana--there are places even the Cowboy hasn't seen! Home is a good place to be and I think the pandemic has made many of us realize that even more. Lovely visit to San Diego guys!

    1. Yes, we very much enjoyed our visit to SD, but there is no place like home. And I guess after living all those years in the MH, which was way cool, we do enjoy things like really long hot showers and sometimes lounging in pjs till mid morning because no one has to walk the pups. It’s all a compromise!

  4. Love OB and it's been way too long since I've been. The murals are wonderful and remind me there are a large number of them in Tucson, also with an available guide, that I need to go see! I'd have been enjoying those tacos right beside you (and the cheesecake too!). Arizona certainly has some of the most beautiful and diverse places to explore so you're plans sound great. The Kaibab Plateau, especially the Vermillion Cliffs, is a favorite for me.

    1. We have seen many of the murals here in Tucson, but I think I need a guide as well…it has been hap hazard and not organized in any way. Thank you for the suggestion…I will definitely be adding Kaibab Plateau to he list.

  5. You've done a great job capturing the area and your visit. We haven't beene there in quite awhile, but it's on the list, thanks to you! It's fun to have interesting places to visit, near or far and the list is almost endless here in Arizona!

    1. Thank you Sue! SD is definitely a favorite. We r thinking about a summer visit next time. Wickenburg is on our list...