Last month I was lucky enough to have a long layover in San Diego for work. There are many times when I just want to get extra sleep on these long overnights, but I can never waste a nice day in California!
I didn't have any actual plans for where I was going, I just hopped on the Green Line trolley ($5 for an all-day pass) and headed toward Downtown. I knew I wanted to check out the harbor, so I took a guess and got off at the Little Italy station. It must have been my lucky day, because it was only two blocks over to the harbor from this stop.
This is the Star of India. I don't know a lot about it, but I do know that it's part of the San Diego Maritime Museum and it's the oldest active sailing ship in the world. Maybe sometime I will check out the museum, it might be interesting!
I spent some time walking along the waterfront, looking at the boats and enjoying the nice weather.
After visiting the harbor, I hopped back on the Trolley and made my way to the Gaslamp Quarter station. This is such a cute part of town and at night this is the place to be. There are tons of restaurants, bars and shops.
I walked a couple blocks over to check out Petco Park, where the San Diego Padres play their baseball games. To be honest, I'm not a big baseball person...so this wasn't too exciting for me, but it looked like a nice field!
At this point I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I thought about going down to the border (by Tijuana), just for the heck of it. I got on the Blue Line trolley, but once I got closer to the border I wasn't as excited about the idea...so I chose the beach instead! I got off at the Palm Ave station, then took the 933 bus to Imperial Beach. Public transportation is always an interesting experience on it's own...but it's cheap and I was able to get where I needed to go!
Most of my day was spent here at Imperial Beach. I loved walking around in the sand, looking at sea lions swimming around, watching old men fish off of the pier and searching for sea shells. Oh, and just soaking up as much sunshine as possible!
San Diego is another one of those cities I would move to in a heartbeat. Perfect climate, great food, lots to do...yeah, I could be happy there. A girl can dream!