Out and About in San Diego

I was ready for an adventure once all my classes with the Friendship Quilters were done… not that the classes weren’t enough reason to fly across country in themselves but it’s always fun to actually see where you’ve been…

Handwork classes are very sociable so I’d been asking for suggestions and had a few ideas to research once I got back to my room on Wednesday evening after a super dinner out with Elaine. Shelley was to be my Thursday minder and I had checked out what she might be amenable to.

I had all my bags packed and was ready and waiting when she pulled up to the hotel at nine AM. We loaded the bags and set off for Seaport Village, down by the waterfront in San Diego. We were headed for the SEAL Tour office where we could buy our tickets and embark on the specially built amphibious vehicles that would take us on a ninety minute tour by land and water!

Just the right length of time for a mini adventure and still get to the airport on time.IMG_4003Thursday mornings in November aren’t exactly peak tourist time so we got a choice of seats for an excellent view as we drove along Harbor Drive.
IMG_4004 The trip took us along the sea front before we entered the water and headed over to see the wildlife off of Shelter Island. Time for a photo shoot!IMG_4040 The sea lions were very happy to pose for the camera.IMG_4060The guide told us it was rare to see blue herons (on the right at the back)… I’m not sure if he says the same to everybody.IMG_4048 It was a lovely day to be out on the water but all good things must come to an end and we soon headed back to shore.

Shelley told me I needed a photograph to prove I was there, so here I am looking just a little wind swept!IMG_4112
The flight home was uneventful. Just the way you want a flight to be. I sat in a window seat so I could watch the sun setting but of course it was behind us. I did take some videos to impress the easily impressed Benjamin when next I see him!

There were interesting rock formations to look out on all across Arizona before it got too dark to see any more. My phone says this is Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff but I can’t see anything like it on Google maps. I would like to know what those blistery looking things in the foreground are.



I’m home now until January. I have plenty to do so I won’t get bored. My dad is flying in on Sunday, followed by various children and their spouses… and the grandchildren of course. It’s that wonderful time of the year again!


  1. Mary said:

    Always fun to read about your travels and you are so clever to make a point to see the communities and environs as you travel. Then in January we will get to take a class from you!

    November 19, 2015
  2. Whiskers said:

    The forests near Flagstaff are not the kind you think of with lots of trees. It is more sparse there. The “blistery” items you mention could be the tops of old volcanoes. There are several well known volcano peaks in the area. Look for “Sunset Crater”.

    Thanks for the mini-tour of San Diego. I used to live there, and belonged to Friendship Quilters at one time.

    November 20, 2015
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks for the info…Looks just like the pictures on Google maps! I’ve always gone for an aisle seat. I think I’ll be sitting by the window in future.

      November 20, 2015

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