Shortly before we moved away from El Paso, we went on a vacation to San Diego, CA. Our friends, the Moon family, went with us. Chris Moon was in my CID Special Agent class. We stayed in a condo about one block from Imperial Beach. The weather was too cold to enjoy the beach. Only surfers in wet suits braved the cold water.
On the first day, we went to the beach to see the Pacific Ocean. Having been in the desert for so long, a body of water never looked so good. We wish we could have spent a day enjoying the water. Here is a photograph of us at Imperial Beach. Also on day one, we took a two hour boat tour around the bay. This tour was one of my favorite events. During the tour we were able to see numerous Naval vessels (one that just returned from the War). We were also able to see the famous Hotel del Coronado. There were also several sea lions lounging on platforms in the bay.
On the second day, we ventured off to the World Famous San Diego Zoo. What an amazing zoo. First we took a 45 minute bus tour around the zoo. After seeing a few of the animals while walking we rode the Skyfari (an aerial lift) to the other side of the Zoo to check out the swimming polar bear and the famous panda (Hua Mei).Hua Mei was the only panda to live past 4 days after being born in the United States. We were fortunate to see Hua Mei as she was going to be shipped to China in August.
On Day three, we went to Balboa Park to check out a few museums. The entire park was nicely landscaped and featured many historic buildings. While there, we visited the Automotive, Aerospace, Veterans Memorial, and Railroad Museums. I enjoyed the Auto Museum the most. The photograph above was taken at the Automotive Museum. Brian and Aaron got a kick out of the Aerospace Museums (the pictures will explain). Susan’s favorite museum was the Railroad Museum. On the last day, we went to the Old Towne District. After checking out a few of the shops, we explored the San Diego Sheriff’s Museum.
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