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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Weekend in San Diego

Todd and I went to San Diego last weekend. Since he had a work conference that took him to California and I had never been there, we decided to make a little vacation out of it.

We went to Coronado Island and walked on the beach, saw the beautiful Hotel del Coronado (where I want to stay next time we visit). We had dinner at Anthony's Fish Grotto right on the harbor.
We took a tour of the USS Midway, a retired aircraft carrier, which was a pretty eye-opening experience to what the military men and women deal with while protecting our country. I have to say, there is no way I could do it, so I just want to thank all those who do, it's definitely a sacrifice you and your families make and everyone should thank you for it.

We also spent some time in the Gaslamp District, a unique, charming part of San Diego with many local restaurants, bars and pubs. I had to watch the Iowa - Ohio State game and luckily we found another Iowa fan and converted a few other patrons at the Gaslamp Tavern.

We went to Old Town and had a fantastic Mexican dinner at Cafe Coyote and margaritas at a couple of places. I got some great roasted garlic and citrus pressed olive oils in a little shop from a local farm and we wandered through many shops and stopped to listen to a local band for a while.

We happened upon Dog Beach in Ocean Beach and saw a beautiful sunset, surfers, and tons of people playing with their dogs. Such a fun place, our dogs would have loved it. We headed to Ocean Beach originally to find Hodad's, on the recommendation of a local that we met in Old Town who claimed they were the best burgers you could get. Judging by the line out the door to get in the restaurant, we figured they would be worthwhile and they were some excellent burgers. The inside of the restaurant is covered with license plates from all around the U.S.

All in all, it was a great trip to San Diego and such a nice, relaxing weekend.

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