May 25, 2012

Trip Start Apr 28, 2012
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Friday, May 25, 2012

We awoke to a cool and overcast day of 58 degrees, and because of the weather we decided to drive around the area rather than concentrate on one or two tourist items. We drove west to the Pacific Ocean at Coronado, which has just been voted by a travel magazine as the best beach in the country.  I disagree strongly with this evaluation.  We took a walk on the beach and it was a very nice beach but not a spectacular beach, the town appeared to be basically a residential area with some motels, but not a vacation beach town.  There was a chilly wind blowing off of the ocean, so we only took short beach walk.  We continued south to the town of Imperial Beach and took a short walk on their beach.  Imperial Beach has the character of a beach town with motels, restaurants and souvenir stores.  We spotted a restaurant "Jersey Boys Diner" and decided to give it a try; it was a small restaurant featuring dishes with some relationship to New Jersey, where the owner was from.  It was a wonderful meal and we are glad we stopped.  After lunch we headed south to the Mexican border, Valerie wanted to see the fence, we heard about on the evening news, we only saw a small section of fence and decided to head back north, the area didn't feel all that comfortable.  We headed north on I-805 and to Ocean Beach on the coast, where we continued up the coast through several small towns and ended up at “La Jolla”, most of the towns were residential areas with a beach, and all appeared to be very prosperous towns as we did not see many empty store fronts.  At the La Jolla beach, which consists mostly of rocky cliffs, we took a walk and saw two groups of seals totaling about 30 seals; most were sleeping on the rocks along the waters’ edge, while only a few were seen swimming around.  We stood and watched them of some time, but nothing exciting happened.  We then proceeded to return to the camper; unfortunately it was rush hour and the trip was somewhat difficult.

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