Alright, ready for a picture heavy post of a fun 40 hours in San Diego? Here we go!
For dinner, we went to Balboa Park for Food Truck Friday, which was so tasty. The park contains a couple of museums, a botanical garden and beautiful architecture.
Ted Williams! Yessir, Teddy Ballgame played two years in San Diego!
Saturday was simply fantastic. I went for a 3-mile walk along the beach. I then followed that up with an hour of stand-up-paddleboarding around Mission Bay.
Below are the dragon boat races that I had to avoid while cruising the bay.
Next up was lunch. I was starving. So I called for another Uber and look what was playing in the headrest of the driver's seat:
AleSmith Brewery is one of the best bars I've ever stepped foot in. There weren't any brewery tours, but there was everything else including a food truck to purchase a jalapeno cheeseburger. Mmmmm... They must have known I was coming! I took my burger upstairs to watch the airshow going on at the Marine Corps Miramar Airport.
|I swiped this one from the interwebs.|
Here's a couple of photos of the bar and brewery.
I spent a good 45 minutes in the museum and enjoyed every second of it. I knew a lot about Tony Gwynn going in, but the one thing that stuck with me was he drafted into the NBA and MLB on the same day. Wow!
Next up was Clairemont Sportscards! The three owners were there and they were the best of hosts. They offered me a bottle of water and were happy to look for cards that might fit into my collections.
Next up, PETCO Park!
|View from our seats.|
What impressed me the most about the ballpark was how much pride the Padres organization has in its history.
I'm also impressed with how closely tied the organization is to our military.
We sat in the upper deck and were given vouchers for hot dogs and sodas as part of a family section. I missed out on going to Baked Bear as Josh D. suggested in the comments of my previous post. That, alone, is probably my only regret about the whole trip.
As we walked into the ballpark I did score an awesome Ken Caminiti bobblehead for my collection though!
The Padres lost 5-4 to the Diamondbacks. Wil Myers didn't play and neither did Paul Goldschmidt. Oh well. We left after the 7th inning stretch to head back to the hotel so we could rest up for a busy Sunday of travel.
It was a fun time in San Diego overall and one I wouldn't mind duplicating again someday. Hopefully for a longer duration next time!
Thanks for reading!