Keeping busy in San Diego is not too hard. We spent our 4th year visiting Mission Bay RV Park and still managed to keep busy all the time. What did we do?
Hiking – While walks right out of the RV park are easy and we can either go along the path around the bay or over the foot bridge and walk down to Mission Beach. Both directions give plenty of exercise with lots to see. Sometimes we walk down to Mission Bay, end up getting lunch, which leads to beers which ends up as taking the entire day. We also went inland for a few hikes Las Penasquitos Canyon Waterfall and Tecolote Canyon Trail for a little more effort than you find at the beach (but not much).
Beer Drinking – We can walk or drive just a few miles to get great beer. Modern Times is still holding as the favorite and San Diego Tap Room is a favorite to try a wide range of San Diego Beers (plus they have great Monday night burger specials).
Eating Out – We managed a few meals out, with friends trying Scotch Eggs at a The Whiskey House, scouring the Convoy neighborhood for the best Asian and of course Pizza nights at The Sandbox.
Friends – We had friends visiting from Denver, Seattle and Bend – we got to hang out and enjoy the area and explore some new areas like Coronado Island. We also met up with friends from Temecula and even drove north to visit friends and family in Orange County and Los Angeles.
Games – Board games, baseball games and video games were all packed into our visit. We had many great evenings with fellow RV friends in the park playing board games and mixing up cocktails. Beer and video game Sundays in North Park filled one of our days – all the games are free one Sunday a month and it is fun to play pinball, packman and frogger.
Sunset Watching – From our original site we could see the sun set or walk down to the boardwalk and toast as the last slice of the sun set over Mission Beach.
Parks and National Monuments – We finally made it to Cabrillo National Monument to hike around and take in the sights. It is an impressive place with lots of historical significance around WWII. We also made a trip to Torrey Pines State Park to do some hiking and picture taking. A couple trips to Balboa Park filled our days with a visit to Spreckles, the worlds largest organ which plays for free every Sunday and taking a docent led tour of the park explained the history and significance of the various buildings. Free tours are Tuesday and I strongly recommend them.
Boating – We made it down to the boats several times to visit friends and lounged around on decks but didn’t sail. There is always the next visit.
Exploring – We did a little exploring of North San Diego county, driving to Oceanside, Mission San Luis Rey and returning via the coast to explore all the coastal towns between Oceanside and Pacific Beach. Of course we also explored a couple of RV parks in the area to see if we had any other sites we might want to stay at next year.
Baseball Games – Afternoons are made for sitting in the bleachers at baseball games with good friends, beer and lots to laughter. Of course following it up with adventures in the Gas Lamp district in Downtown San Diego is a great way to cap the evening.
Travel – Mission Bay RV Park is so close to the San Diego airport it makes for an easy trip to escape. With such a long visit (2 months) we didn’t feel bad in flying off to visit family and friends in Seattle, Denver and Bend.
Movies – We did have a few rainy days and filled our time with work and a couple of trips to the movies. We can go for months and months without setting foot in a theatre. But once the weather goes south we practically sprint to the theatre. It was great to see a couple of blockbuster movies on the big screens.
San Diego has become a comfortable place to spend a month or so waiting for the weather to improve before we head North. We loved our time in San Diego, but are really noticing the increased amount of kids/people in the park. Historically it was noisy just on the weekends. But on this last visit, with the high number of traveling families, it was kid filled all the time (not just spring break). Of course it wasn’t just the kids bringing on the noise – our bachelor party neighbors and their karaoke machine were not exactly quiet. Thankfully we can close up the house and turn on the fans to shut out the world – or roll on to another location.
Prior to San Diego, we spent a few nights in Temecula and Palm Springs as we decompressed from our international travels. And upon departure we went back through Temecula for a few nights on our way toward Utah to meet up with friends.