We woke with surprise to a rare grayish morning with a chill in the San Diego air. It is our last full day in San Diego and we had planned another trip to the beach; instead we decide today was the day to go to the new library. San Diego Central Library was sensational.
The architecture is innovative with a myriad of spaces for different events, a wonderful BaseBall Library near an open space reading room. The Children’s Library has superb Dr. Seuss murals on the wall and exhibits of other authors like Maurice Sendak.
We took escalators up to the second floor, passing great Visual Arts screening on the wall. There are indoor reading rooms, conference rooms, galleries and outdoor spaces. There is parking underneath the building. Views take in the Coronado Bridge, art spaces nearby in old buildings and PETCO Ball park, home of the Padres.
San Diego Central Library is the new home of the biggest BaseBall Library,” west of Cooperstown”. It is right next to the comfortable, open reading room with views over San Diego icons like the Coronado Bridge and the Trolley Station.
The outside of the building was as remarkable as the inside, with viewing platforms overlooking all of the revitalised San Diego Downtown area. The giant steel dome creates a wonderful landmark in the San Diego skyline.
Over one entryway, a quote read:
“The three most important documents a society gives are a birth certificate, a passport and a library card.”
James and I along with Donna Tormo received a lovely invitation from our friend Peggy San Filipo, come and see Tucson. Peggy, Donna and I are old skiing/life/work buddies from Aspen, hard to note that was decades ago.
We did a walk in Sabino Canyon in the Santa Catalina mountains of Arizona. There were large numbers of Saguaro cactus, water holes and large boulders of gneiss. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny.
James and I still travel with both ladies. For years we met Donna in different places: San Diego, San Francisco, Baltimore, Houston and New York on our trips back to the US and also travelled Italy together. Peggy has visited us twice in Sydney and for years we have met in Los Angeles just before we would head back to Sydney.
There was quite a bit of eating, drinking, laughing and talking going on all weekend. There were walks and taking photos. Visiting the Hotel Congress and visiting a very lively downtown Tucson and seeing where they captured Dillinger. We had a great dinner at Cafe Poca Cosa on Saturday night with friends Arta and Celeste.
James and I are enjoying San Diego, it is not just Mexican food, relaxing with Anna & Harv or beautiful vistas, but all the opportunities we have to catch up with old friends. We celebrated day of the Dead with Anne, met Kayla La Morte in a revitalised downtown San Diego and visited Anne Hoiberg at Liberty Station.
Brad, Gaila and Kim at Hooley’s in East County
Marylou and Anna – Chez Beales
Anne Hoiberg and James discussing wine making and the Women’s Museum.
Today was a beautiful San Diego day, the on shore winds meant the usual marine layer with its haze was missing. We had a nice walk on Coronado Beach, finding sand castles and hawk training, a brilliant blue sky. We could see the Coronado Islands and ships in San Diego bay.
Sand Castle and life guard tower
Harv and James on the Coronado Boardwalk
We are off for a few days to Tucson to see Peggy San Filipo and Donna Tormo and Linda, Sarah and Amanda on the way back.
We have had an exciting time since we left London, too busy to blog. We are going to share some photos and catch up on the blogging today.
We are staying in San Diego East County with Anna and Harv in Fletcher Hills. We have been visiting east of Fletcher Hills in Buckland Springs with lifesaver legends, having bonfires and hearing bout the good ole days. We are also happy to go west and visit the Harbour and La Jolla which are nearby.
Harv, Anna and James at Embarcadero Park.
We visited Embarcadero Park, which is a reclaimed area facing the Navy shipyards. It is a part of Seaport Village and has plenty of cafes, kites and views.
Embarcadero Park and Marina, Embarcadero means Landing Place
On Wednesday, we went down to La Jolla Cove for a walk along the cliffs. We started off watching (and smelling) the sea lions and seals. Pungent is not be strong enough to describe the smell. As we walked along we saw a pod of dolphins come into the area probably chasing a school of fish because the pelicans were also doing sweeps of the waves trying to catch fish too. They entertained us for quite awhile taking turns to capture our attention.
Pelicans and gulls on cliffs above the Children’s Pool in La Jolla
As we walked towards the Children’s pool, we passed a cliff and gulls and pelicans were there to preen and rest, before flying off in formation. It was a wonderful site because we were on the cliff top and their formations were swooping right past us.
San Diego hospitality has been unsurpassed and we are enjoying life in the Hills with Anna and Harv.