We visited Southern California in between our trips to San Miguel de Alende and Myanmar. Following are some of our favorite pictures.
The Japanese gardens in Balboa Park in San Diego.
The cactus gardens in Bbalboa Park. I really enjoyed all the unusual varieties of cactus.
Many of the buildings in Balboa Park could pass for being in Seville.
A statue of the iconic photo celebrating the end of WWII on the San Diego waterfront. The USS Midway is in the background.
This memorial to Bob Hope and the USO is also on the waterfront.
I loved these trees on the waterfront.
This man made a living balancing rocks in columns.
Some images from the San Diego Zoo. The center picture is a red panda. He is almost cuter than the giant panda.
The first mission in California.
Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument
Pelican on the beach at La Jolla.
Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. California takes the environment seriously. You are not allowed to eat in the Reserve.
This scene in Torrey Pines reminded me a little of Bryce Canyon.
I love the patch of purple wild flowers.
Coronado Beach. This was a long and wide natural beach. And, yes, the sky was always blue!
There were a lot of nice trees.
The famous and expensive Hotel Del Coronado, known locally as the Del. we didn’t stay there but enjoyed looking around.
The Wind and Sea Beach was two blocks from our apartment.
It was a ritual to go to the beach to see the sunset each day. There was always a crowd.
We visited the Reagan Library on our way back to LA. This is the Air Force One used by him and other presidents. The surprise to us was that it was not very plush inside.