Today marked the end of our coastal road trip as we travelled from LA to San Diego. We passed yet more stunning beaches on the way down, providing us with yet more choice of retirement homes.
On arrival into San Diego we first visited Point Loma, which is a long finger of land sticking out on the west side of San Diego. It is the site of the Cabrillo National monument which commemorates the first European explorer to set foot on the Western coast of the US in the 16th century. It also has some of the best views across San Diego, especially when it’s your first time there as you can pinpoint pretty much all the landmarks like it’s a giant 3D map.
From there we headed across to Coronado which is an island that is home to a posh hotel, lots of very expensive houses, and the US Navy’s Master Helicopter Base, so the husband felt right at home. In fact he’s now considering requesting a transfer over here (if only it were that easy). We took a quick self-guided tour of the base. Well, not that quick in the end, I suppose. The thing with Government property is that it doesn’t appear in too much detail on public maps, and that particular base was pretty huge. We didn’t do too badly, although we did end up along the airfield at one point and found ourselves having to give way to a plane, which is not as bad as it sounds. Just not something that you do every day.
Later on we had a potter around various areas of the city as a brief introduction to the delights that are to come over the next few days. We ended by miraculously finding yet another British pub, which rose like a great red beacon in the evening twilight. We were pleased to find that it was showing proper rugby on the telly as well as British tennis, although it was somewhat confusing that most of the customers were watching ice hockey and were cheering at what seemed like utterly inappropriate moments to those of us who were watching proper sport. Anyway, I ended the day with a pint of Boddies and a cheese toastie which involved both proper cheese and proper bread, two food items I have seen very little of during the past two years. All in all, a good result.