Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Day of Fun in La Jolla and Coronado, 2/03/2016

Today we went back to beautiful La Jolla so Amanda could enjoy the beautiful sights there. There were lots of harbor seals on the beach at the La Jolla Cove and we were able to walk down to the cove to get an up close look at them. 

The pups are just too cute and we saw ones of various sizes here. Along the cliffs, the seals seem to just congregate in piles. At first glance they blend into the rocks, but when you look more closely you realize there are more seals!

The seals also love to sun themselves on the rocks. And we saw many swimming in the cove as well.

There are interesting rock formations in the cove caused by the pounding waves against the cliffs. 

And I find the ever-present pelicans very picturesque as well.

Amanda enjoyed exploring the cove and the beautiful ocean views here. We saw folks swimming in the cove (with wet suits) as it is a very popular scuba diving and snorkeling site. Below is a photo of the lifeguard station at the cove (very high tech compared to the lifeguard stands on the East Coast!)


Before leaving La Jolla, we made a quick stop at the the La Jolla Playhouse. With a career in theatre, Amanda always enjoys seeing theatre venues in various parts of the country. The La Jolla Playhouse is a well-known Tony Award-winning, professional, non-profit theatre that has received more than 300 awards for theatre excellence. 

We were able to peruse the lobby. It's a beautiful facility!

Next we drove to Coronado to see the Hotel del Coronado and Coronado Beach. Built in 1887, the del Coronado is one of the few remaining wooden seaside resorts in the US. It has hosted presidents, celebrities, and many of the rich and famous!

The Dragon Tree, native to the Canary Islands, was planted at The Del in the late 1800s. It was a back drop in the movie, Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe that was filmed here in 1958.

We enjoyed a cocktail at one of the numerous hotel restaurants along beautiful Coronado Beach. 


Amanda had a list of restaurant recommendations from friends that had lived in the San Diego area, and The Crack Shack was our selection for dinner. What an awesome place! Chicken dishes are featured here and it was fantastic (with reasonable prices, too). 

You place your order at the window and your food is delivered to your table. There is outdoor, covered, seating with heat lamps and fireplaces strategically located. 

We had fun checking out the decor. Amanda is famous for posing with sculpture and works of art. Here are a couple of examples...

As you can see, the chicken theme is evident throughout the venue. And did I say the food was delicious? Beer and wine is also available. 

We took a walk around the De Anza Cove on Mission Bay at dusk near the RV park where we are staying. The evening light was beautiful. 

What a fun day!

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