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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

It Got Better...

The first stop on the cruise was San Diego.  Yes, that was where we registered.  Yes, that is where our travel buddies and best friends live.  We, knowing the area pretty well and having access to the car we left in the parking lot, set off for a day on our own.  

David disembarked first and went to pick up the car.  He drove to the cruise terminal, picked us up and we headed straight to The South Beach Saloon (first building on the right) in Ocean Beach for the best fish tacos in the country!!!  Yes, we've done this before...:)



We watched the surfers for a while and then ate lunch.



Ocean Beach is always entertaining.  Home of Hodad's and funny signs.





And then headed to Balboa Park to see the rose garden (Kathy's idea of heaven) (and I'm glad we did because there was nary a rose in bloom at Butchart Gardens in Victoria) and the cacti garden.



This rose was as big as my head and extremely fragrant!













We walked those fish tacos off, returned the car to Marge and Dave's garage and called a cab to take us back to the ship. 

Next stop:  Los Angeles.

13 comments:

Susan @ A Slice of My Life said...

My husband lived in OB when we first started dating. It's a fun, funky town that brings me lots of great memories. :)

Kimberly said...

The roses are beautiful!! Couldn't you just have joined the cruise there? LOL

Bilbo said...

Great pictures!! I think cacti are among the most photogenic of plants.

Retired English Teacher said...

Sounds great. I love Balboa Park. I'm glad it was in bloom for you!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful pictures! I love me some fish tacos. So far the ones at Ram's Head are my favorite. Do you have a local favorite?

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

I"m sure glad it got better! Your check in sounded like agony!! Beautiful roses! Can't wait to hear about the rest of the voyage....
Grace

Mage said...

Right now, on the drawing board, I am doing a piece on Hodad's. I'm waving. I'm right up the hill grinning.

George said...

The roses are beautiful. Seeing this garden must have gone a long way to make up for the snafus of the registration. I like your photo of the pier as well.

Betsy Adams said...

San Diego looks like a great place. LOVE those roses.. You knew I'd say that!!!! ha

Hope the cruise gets better and better for you all.. I would hate all of that waiting like you had to do... GADS!

Hugs,
Betsy

Theresa said...

Wow, look at those roses!! Come say hi, there is a cool giveaway this week :)

Barb said...

Hi Kathy, Looks like you've been on an adventure. I've never cruised. Love those spectacular rose pics.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi, I realized today that I wasn't following you... Didn't realize that --although I knew I wasn't getting many of your posts. Signed up again. Maybe I'll do better. ha ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Kay said...

We haven't been to San Diego in such a long time but your photos make me want to go back.