Here We Come San Diego, California Part 1

We have boarded the jet and have been flying for a time, we are really excited to get started on our travels in San Diego.

We land at the Linberg International Airport.  We feel the weather as we walk outside after getting the luggage, WOW just another perfect day in SOCAL.  Temp is about 75 degrees with very low humidity it is the perfect shorts and tank weather.

We walk across the street to grab out shuttle to the hotel.  We want to get our bags straight before we hit the city.  We are on the bus looking out the window.  WOW some say, other just drink it in.

We get to the hotel and get checked in to our rooms, all spacious all neat and all on the top floor over looking San Diego harbor.

We look out our windows and we see several sailboats all parked in the marina, we look out past them and we see Coronado Island where there is 3 aircraft carriers sit, they are massive in size.  Few of us have seen them before but others are staring in amazement at these huge ships.

We are looking out over the Island and we see to the right, Point Loma we are going to be going there today to over look the ocean.  We look over at the left and we see a hill going up on what would be the other side of the "valley".  Teijana Mexico is on that hill.  We might get to that later in our trip.

LETS GO I say and begin our adventure in sunny San Diego.

We go down and get in our car start to travel.

We start out by going to the marina, we see the Star of India a big 3 mast ship, it has been restored and the canvas is perfect shape.  The ship looks like it could have just sailed in to San Diego from a older time when sails ruled the seas, the ship talked to its captain and the it was beautiful to see the curves of the ship and how the wood was crafted, bent, molded to show the purpose for which she was built.

The Story of the Star of India:

"The Star of India is the world's oldest active ship. She began her life on the stocks at Ramsey Shipyard in the Isle of Man in 1863. Iron ships were experiments of sorts then, with most vessels still being built of wood. Within five months of laying her keel, the ship was launched into her element. She bore the name Euterpe, after the Greek goddess of music.
 
Euterpe was a full-rigged ship and would remain so until 1901, when the Alaska Packers Association rigged her down to a barque, her present rig. She began her sailing life with two near-disastrous voyages to India. On her first trip she suffered a collision and a mutiny. On her second trip, a cyclone caught Euterpe in the Bay of Bengal, and with her topmasts cut away, she barely made port. Shortly afterward, her first captain died on board and was buried at sea.
 
After such a hard luck beginning, Euterpe settled down and made four more voyages to India as a cargo ship. In 1871 she was purchased by the Shaw Savill line of London and embarked on a quarter century of hauling emigrants to New Zealand, sometimes also touching Australia, California and Chile. She made 21 circumnavigations in this service, some of them lasting up to a year. It was rugged voyaging, with the little iron ship battling through terrific gales, "labouring and rolling in a most distressing manner," according to her log.
 
The life aboard was especially hard on the emigrants cooped up in her 'tween deck, fed a diet of hardtack and salt junk, subject to mal-de-mer and a host of other ills. It is astonishing that their death rate was so low. They were a tough lot, however, drawn from the working classes of England, Ireland and Scotland, and most went on to prosper in New Zealand."

We move down the marina to the HORNBLOWER CRUSIES & EVENTS.

We all get on the ship to take a harbor tour for the next two hours.  Oh the motion of the ship and feeling of the ocean on our face, the taste of salt on our lips. 

The tour starts our and moves south down past Coronado Island toward the Coronado Bay Bridge with is very tall as we pass under it.  Look up and out towards the ocean we see the vast blue looking out and as we pass by Coronado Island we see smaller vessials and beaches.  Before long the ship starts to turn around it has been a half an hour already and we have just cleared the harbor.  We are out in the ocean, as the ship turns we get a fantastic postcard shot of downtown.  The skyline is breath taking with the buildings and shops, we see sights that most others will not see in their lives.

We travel back in where we came and we see a series of naval ships that are not being used or are in for maintance, hospital, fuelers, cargo, personel each as differnet as the next to see such a line of ships as we pass into the harbor.

A boat is coming up on us fast, a zodiac, it has 12 men in the boat, there are ones falling off into the water until only 3 men remain on the boat.  They are all lined up, our captain has moved our ship away from them and has gotten on the PA and said that the SEALs are doing training and for us to watch.  The zodiac turns sharply and comes about, one of the men in the boat has a loop hanging over the side, the men in the water raise an arm the zodiac with out slowing drives by each man and they catch the loop and haul themselves into the boat.  When all 9 are back in the boat the zodiac makes another sharp tuen and goes by our other side, we applaud them for the show, they wave back and then they're gone.

Our ship hasn't stopped we are coming into the port the first hour of our tour is over.

20 minutes later the ship is pulling out again.  We go to the other side of Coronado Island this time, we see helicopters lifting off and hovering on the island, we hear the "whopping" of the blades and the whine of the turbine engines as they lift off and see the dust being kicked up.  We see planes of differnet shapes and sizes on the island, F-14's, F-16's, a few prop planes that we don't know from seeing them.   We travel on for a while thinking that we are going to end up where we were the last time we turned around but we are wrong.  We tavel out past Point Loma and the light house there.

Again we turn and have a view going right up the California coast, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach is about all we can see, we are moving back into the bay.  We look in at Point Loma and see the Hotel Del Coronado.

The History of The Hotel del Coronado

As a National Historic Landmark, the Hotel del Coronado has a rich and colorful heritage that sets it apart from neighboring Coronado hotels. From Marilyn Monroe to Charles Lindbergh, from state dinners to the ghost of Kate Morgan, The Del is an American treasure with more than 120 years of fascinating stories to tell. Today, we invite you to create new great memories at this cherished hotel in Coronado.

We are still traveling back to port, we see the seals (not the navy SEALs) they are sunning themselves on the docks provided for them, lounging around and the males are barking at us.  A few have even popped up the in wake of our boat and looked at us as we look at them.

We continue on and we see the marina and our hotel as we pass it by, and now we are back in port getting off the boat getting ready to go to our next location.

Read Part 2

mtvlm mtvlm
41-45, M
Feb 18, 2009