San Diego was my home for a small chunk of my life. I experienced many firsts there–driving on the highway like a maniac, sushi, dipping my toes into the Pacific Ocean, superb Mexican food as well as fast Mexican favorites carne asada fries and the California burrito. Going back was an interesting experience for a number of reasons but I think the most interesting was how much it had changed, and how much busier it was.


Hotels: Omni San Diego (Saturday), Hotel Indigo

Steps: 35,125

Miles: 16.22

Modes of Transport: Lyft, Lime Bike, Lime’s e-Scooter, Bird eScooter’s

Flights: Alaska Airlines BWI – SAN (First Class), Alaska Airlines SAN – BWI (Coach)

A Palm Tree on Coronado Island
A palm tree near Peohe’s on Coronado Island

I spent Saturday morning resting after my six hour flight. I had the chance to ride First Class so I had extra leg room. I still had some pretty swollen legs despite begin able to stretch out a bit more than normal. However, it was a pretty exciting experience. On Saturday evening, we took the ferry to Coronado and ate at Peohe’s.

On Sunday morning we switched to Hotel Indigo for the remainder of our stay. Our hotel room wasn’t ready but we were able to leave our luggage with the hotel staff and went in search of breakfast. We decided on Cafe 222. It was pretty delicious.

After breakfast, we wondered around a bit. I tried an electric scooter for the first time and had a pretty great experience–anything that doesn’t result in a broken/sprained appendage is a great experience.

We venture to the USS Midway Museum to take in the harbor as well as a history lesson. We spent time touring the museum and taking in the breeze. I didn’t realize how much I had missed the smell of the ocean until I stood on the deck of the USS Midway and took it all in.

Food and Drink

Carne Asada Fries – I used to eat these several times a week so one of the things I was looking forward to was scarfing some down. I tracked down a Roberto’s and quickly ordered them. They were delicious and I wish I could have taken some home with me.

Half Door Brewing Company – This brewery happened to be across the street from our hotel so we stopped in one night since we didn’t quite feel like heading to bed. The beer was awesome but the highlight for me was the Impossible Burger. It really does taste, fell, smell, bleed, etc. like a burger. I’ve become obsessed with them.

The obligatory stop at In N Out – My usual is a double double and fries, both animal style.

Ballast Point – I had to check out Ballast Point’s taproom while I was in town. The beer was, of course, delicious. The wings, not so much. Beers tried: Wahoo White, Tart Peach Kölsch, Moscow Mule Ale, Sour Wench Blackberry Ale, Sea Rose.

Old Town

Old Town is the first part of San Diego. It’s a weird place to be. You can see the airport from parts of Old Town, planes fly overhead often. The highway runs right past it. The first Wells Fargo in San Diego is inside the limits of Old Town and you can take money out of an ATM there.

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is beautiful. It’s protected so the water is clear and clean. It’s a pretty well known snorkeling spot. The sea lions and seals are friendly, they are used to the people there and will let humans get pretty close.

Coronado Island

We underestimated how cold it would be on the water so we had to stop and buy hoodies at a souvenir shop. Despite the cold, we made it to the beach just after sunset. We stayed until it grew dark.

Ocean Beach

On our last day in San Diego I wanted to relax. We ended up at Ocean Beach. I sat with my toes in the sand and jus

Published by Vito Anastasia

Vito is a Business Intelligence Analyst with a love for civics. He is an active advocate and activist, especially in the LGBTQ community. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his dog and cat.

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