|Tuesday, April 17, 2007, we headed west on I-8 from Yuma, Arizona. The sand we saw in Yuma must have collected into dunes about 15 miles west of Yuma. There were a couple miles of beach sand, blown into dunes. It was not the pure white sand we saw in New Mexico. The rest of the drive was sandy desert until we got about half way to San Diego. Then we started to climb the mountains. We gained in altitude about 4000 feet and a one place the RV had such a hard pull that our speed dropped to about 45. The diesel engine has never been pulled down that much before. We then had several miles of flat plateau area and then the drop into San Diego. We dropped the 4000 feet in only a few miles. A lot of 6% down hill grades where we had to use the engine break all the way. It was about a 3-hour drive and we arrived at the Mission Bay RV Park in San Diego by mid-afternoon. It was right on the bay where you could have a parking spot next to the bay for $70 a night or away from the bay for $40 a night. Guess which one we took.
Wednesday morning we drove the Jeep to Historic Old Town to catch the Trolley Tour of San Diego. The trolley is a narrated tour where you can get off at any stop and re-board at any stop to continue the tour. We took the Trolley to the harbor area where we took a two-hour narrated cruise of the harbor. We went past the Navy Submarine base, Naval Air Station, Coast Guard Station, Cruisers, Aircraft Carriers, Destroyers, Navy SEALS Training Base, Sea Lions sleeping on a barge and the Coronado Bay Bridge, which we will drive over later. After the cruise we re-boarded the Trolley where we went by the two sports complexes, convention center, downtown points of interest and then crossed the 200-foot tall Coronado Bridge to the island of Coronado. We got off the trolley here and had some lunch. We re-boarded the trolley where we finished the round trip by going through Balboa Park The Park has a concentration of many various museums and then another section of the park is the famous San Diego Zoo. The trolley then completes the round trip at the Historic Old Town. Carol shopped at several shops and then we returned to the RV.
Thursday morning we drove the Jeep to Balboa Park museum area. The only museum I was interested in was the Model Railroad Museum. It contained three clubs, one for O gauge, HO gauge and N gauge. Each club had their own layout, but I was disappointed in the HO club because, all the track was laid but many sections did not have any scenery. We then drove to the other section of Balboa Park where the Zoo was. We spent the rest of the day there. It was smaller than I had expected but I really did like the transportation system they had. We took a 35-minute narrated double-decker bus tour of the park We then took a aerial tram ride over to the back of the park and walked back to the front. It is a very hilly park so it has many hills to climb. One place had an inclined moving walkway, which eased the uphill climb. There is also an express bus to move you from spot to spot, but the bus stops never seemed to match where we were or where we were going. We enjoyed the zoo but we were tired.
Friday we are heading for the Los Angeles area.