Memorial Day in San Diego and our Fourth Mission

Yesterday Dan and I drove down to San Diego to spend Memorial Day with cousin James. Conveniently, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala (California's First Mission) was right on our route. So we stopped to pay our dues (and admission fees).

Checking out the Hut

Dan got to sit on the original (and only remaining) wall of the Mission

Father Junipero Serra
 After a quick stroll through the garden, church, and museum we headed off to meet James at his place in Point Loma.

James lives in a great neighborhood a mere two blocks from the Harbor so after hanging out we headed out to Mitch's seafood where we assessed the local fresh catches on the chalkboard and made our orders. We ate overlooking the water where we saw a sea lion swimming around in the Harbor. Then we took a walk to Shelter Island and tried to see if anyone would invite us to join their BBQs (no one did).

After getting back to James' bachelor pad we headed out to La Jolla to check out Mt. Soledad, a Veteran's Memorial at the top of La Jolla that offers great 360 degree views of San Diego.

James and Dan enjoying the view
 At the base of the memorial family or friends have dedicated spaces to honor or memorialize their loved ones who are veterans.

Muriel A. Thompson, a Corporal in the Marines, struck me as a woman ahead of her times!

The views were great from the top, but as you can see, San Diego was pretty socked in on Memorial Day.

Gray Day in San Diego
 After heading back down the windy roads of La Jolla we headed to Ellen Browning Scripps Park (yes, the same Ellen Browning Scripps who established the college where I work) and walked along the cliffs until we found some sea lions. James spotted a sea lion pup who was nursing! We stood watching this little pup nurse for quite some time before we headed back to James' place for our Memorial Day dinner.

Nursing sea lion pup
Chef James cooked up a tasty meal of veggie dogs, mango-jalepeno dogs (two thumbs up), pasta salad with veggies, old fashioneds (featuring his homemade brandied cherries!), and cherry pie a la mode to finish things off (doesn't get more patriotic than that!).

We had such a great time visiting with James - thanks for hosting us, cuz! Until next time . . .


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  2. I was surprised to see clouds in San Diego. I guess the perenially sunny days in LA do not extend that far!


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