Del Mar: Beach Bum Days

Saturday, 15 June 2013 22:02
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The "Surfliner" train runs right next to the oceanVery little "road" in the road trip over the past couple of days, but it was fun being a beach bum for a day.

There was no driving on Saturday. I was in Del Mar, and all the basic necessities were within walking distance--sun, surf, and sustenance. Basically, I hung out at the beach for a day. The motel was about as convenient as possible for beach-going, as it was built right at the edge of the sand, so I just alternated between reading a book on a beach blanket and going swimming in the Pacific. It wasn't all play, though--I also took some time to rough out a plan for lodging and stops for the next couple of weeks.

The Del Mar Beach Motel. Classic motel design, right on the beach. The view from the back of the Del Mar. About a 5 foot walk to the beach. Hummingbirds: Notoriously hard to photograph.

Today I drove down to San Diego and spent the day at Balboa Park. I hit the San Diego Zoo, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Photographic Arts (since I need all the help I can get), and the Botanical Gardens. That only covers a fraction of all of the stuff that's in Balboa Park; it's a really great area with a lot of things to do. I don't think I really did San Diego justice overall, but the parts I did see were fabulous.

Some great buildings in Balboa Park Inside the botanical building "Downwind" is not the best direction from which to approach ocean life.

Southern Californians do like their outdoor activities...I drove down the Pacific Coast Highway to San Diego from Del Mar, and then back up the PCH/101 to my stopping point for tonight, Dana Point. There were hundreds of people along the way surfing, biking, running, playing volleyball, you name it. Apparently all those "Baywatch" episodes were only exaggerating the cleavage, as otherwise the scene on the beaches was pretty accurate.

A resident of the reptile house Up close and personal Flamingos, hanging out at the pool Not sure how they sleep like that...
Lunchtime I'm not sure, but I think he was coming on to me One of the elderly residents of the zoo  

Tomorrow I'll be hanging out in Dana Point for the morning, then heading up to Anaheim to visit some friends at Disneyland. I'm thinking that Southern California is probably going to be my most "tourist"-intensive area of the country, as I'm planning on staying a little farther off the beaten path elsewhere. Still, while zoos and theme parks and other attractions that are teeming with tourists aren't usually my thing, they can be fun in small doses. I suspect that I'll have had my quota by the time I leave Los Angeles next week...

Allosaurus at the Natural History Museum One of the more 'interactive' exhibits Landshark!


#1 SJMike 2013-06-17 04:41
You going to stop at the Peterson Museum in LA
#2 laceytrynn 2013-06-17 07:04
I think your photos are great!
#3 Mom 2013-06-17 07:36
How where the Panda bears?? I am so enjoying this trip!!
#4 admin 2013-06-17 09:00
The Peterson Museum is on the list for LA...and believe it or not, I didn't see the pandas--the line was over an hour long, and I wasn't quite that eager to see them in person. The zoo is totally set up like a theme park; you have to go through gift shops and snack bars to get to the 'cool' animals.
#5 Zippy67roadster 2013-06-17 09:17
Looks like a great trip so far. The Perterson is a must stop for a car guy.
#6 Ferruccigirl 2013-06-17 13:28
Your pics are awesome! My son is going bananas that you are heading to Anaheim. Loves Mike Trout of course. Have a great time. Loving the blog! : )
#7 danabart 2013-06-17 13:35
Ferruccigirl brings up a good point- The Angels are playing at home all week. I know you're not a big baseball fan but if your traveling across America you really ought to see America's Game. And the Big A is a great place to see one.
#8 TravelDuoAD 2013-06-17 17:22
We are excited to follow along. Sorry we are going to miss you in our part of the world. We are just coming back from Alaska. Have a great trip.

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