I have had and continue to have the good fortune and ability to travel. I must admit, up to this point, I have yet to experience a place with better, more consistent weather than San Diego. And although, the weather does change, the changes seem to be within a realm.
This recent trip to San Diego does not disappoint. A pair of slacks, a pair of shorts, a couple of T-shirts and a sweatshirt, and I’m set. A bit cool in the morning and evening, near 80 degrees mid-day, partly cloudy to clear skies and a beautiful ocean breeze….ah! Does it get any better?
Our first stop of the day – Coronado Island. We take the famous Coronado Bay Bridge to the island and spend the afternoon exploring.
Son and I grab a quick bite to eat at the local Taco Bell. We are soon reminded that the Naval Air Station is just up the road as Military personal enter on their lunch break. The Naval Aviators are easily recognizable in their green jump suits/flight suits. Son and I can’t stop glancing at the three aviators sitting at a table across from us. Logan finally says, “Mom, stop starring. I know what you’re thinking”. My response, “So, smart a*s, exactly what am I thinking?”
“Two of those dudes look just like dad when he was younger”. Ok, busted. Although I did not know hubby during his military days, I’ve seen plenty of photos of him in his green flight suit. Hubby actually shipped out of San Diego on an aircraft carrier. Yes, flying a plane on and off an aircraft carrier takes skill, but more importantly guts and hubby definitely has guts. Hubby has all sorts of tales to tell about his Navy days. A chair, a campfire, and a margarita and the evening’s entertainment will commence….interject a little exaggeration here and there and I promise one won’t be bored. In addition to all his other talents, Al is definitely a gifted story-teller….
Ah….to be young again….one can dream! Logan and I drive to the other side of the island, park the car parallel with the ocean, and walk across the sand to the waters edge. Our last time here on Coronado Island was fifteen years ago for Logan’s tenth birthday. At the time, my brother and his wife lived in California and we lived in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Al, the kids, and I arrive in San Diego the day before we were to meet brother and wife at Sea World to celebrate Logan’s birthday. We arrive in San Diego a bit too early to check into our hotel room. Al, having spent time in the area, proceeds to drive over to his old stomping grounds on Coronado Island. It’s Sunday, but more importantly it’s Mother’s Day and much to our surprise, the Navy was having an open house. The aircraft carrier USS Nimetz was in port and open to civilians. OMG, Al’s excitement could not be contained.
We spend the next few hours exploring the USS Nimetz. This was definitely a special bonding moment between father and son. It was the highlight of the weekend for Logan and birthday memories he has cherished. All the while father and son were enthralled with their surroundings, 7 year old daughter whined about wanting to know where the dolphins were. Tomorrow, honey, tomorrow! I admit to a little whining on my part as well, but let’s not go there.
Well tomorrow came and daughter was in seventh heaven. She got to feed and pet a dolphin. The delight on her face was priceless. Son on the other hand, wanted to know why he couldn’t go back to the aircraft carrier. Oh well, at least each child had their memorable day, and as parents we shared in their joy as lasting memories were forged.
Logan and I reminisce as we walk the beach heading toward the famous Hotel Del Coronado. Good times, good times!