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    • Day 10

      San Diego

      July 4, 2023 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      San Diego - Surfers Paradise! 🏄🏼‍♀️🌸

      Sit üsem letschte Itrag isch scho wieder vöu Wasser de Colorado River ab, aber üsi Täg si aktuell eifach immer vo Morge bis Abe erläbnisrich und zuesätzlech hemmer i üsem erste Nationalpark, Joshua Tree, kei Empfang gha. Aber aues i de reihe na! Ufghört het üse letschti Itrag in Los Angeles. Die Site, wo mir vo dere Stadt gseh hei, si sehr schön und hollywoodmässig gse! Witer simmer am Tag druf richtig San Diego und si nach 2 Täg früeh ufstah und de ganz Tag umelaufe, nah gsi, für e chillige Tag. Drum hemmer üses Zmorge ganz gemüüüütlich igno. Mir ässe meistens es Müesli mit griechischem Joghurt und Früchte, trinke e Orangejus (Chanti und Nädi) oder es Kaffi (Luisa), mitem stolz koufte Biagletti oder choche amene Sunntig ou mau es Ei 🥚. Üse Camper het zwar inzwüsche sehr vöu z biete, z.B. e Mikrowälle, det transportiere mer aber lieber üse Toaster, wo mer für 10 $ im Walmart kouft hei. De Alex vom Camping in Santa Barbara het das e sehr interessanti Transportart gfunde😂. Platzoptimierig isch sitem Start vo üsem Campingabentür sowieso üsi Houptbeschäftigung Nr. 1!

      Aber ebe, zrugg zu San Diego. Die Stadt het üs vom erste Momänt a fasziniert. Bis zum Strand simmer dür paar richtig cooli Ami-Quartierli gfahre - wie mer das vom Färnseh könnt. De Pacific Beach het üs de ändlech die langersehnte schöne Stunde am Strand bote und mir si sogar im chaute Pazifik go bade. D Luisa het üs s Surfe gründlech erklärt. Und übrigens; D Amis hei Nationalfiertig gha und vieli hei de Tag am Strand verbrunge. De Camping isch nachher richtig luxuriös gsi und het sogar e riese Pool gha, judihui😍. De 4th of July hemmer im heisse Wihrlpool gfiret und üsi Nachbere hei mit Liechter und crazy Deko Gas gä. 🇺🇸

      Am nächste Tag hemmer San Diego erkundet. Gstartet simmer im Balboa Park mit wunderschöne Gebäude und em Spanish Village, si witer uf Downtown is Gaslamp Quartier und de Wolkechratzer und de mitem Schiff uf Coronado Island zu de Riche und Schöne (füre Apéro het üses Budget knapp glänget). Wie sichs so nöch ade mexikanische Gränze ghört, si Tacos ufem Spisplan gstande und ou de Cheesecake ide Cheescake Factory isch himmlisch gseh - d Kalorie ignoriere mer mau.😉🍰 San Diego, du hesch üses Härz🫶🏼🌴🌸🇺🇸🏄🏼‍♀️.
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    • Day 31

      San Diego, California (USA)

      February 3, 2023 in the United States

      Chissà se il nostro compagno di tavolo, ex parlamentare della Lega, c’avrà pensato. Quella lunga attesa per espletare le operazioni di immigrazione ha infastidito tutti. Eppure non abbiamo fatto una traversata di fortuna su un barcone, non siamo stati lasciati al largo di Lampedusa per giorni, eravamo a bordo di una lussuosa nave da crociera della MSC e non di uno scafo di una ONG.
      Ecco, durante l’interminabile coda per il controllo dei passaporti, io c’ho pensato.
      Siamo comunque sbarcati in tempo per accedere all’escursione, un giro in battello per la baia, completo di tramonto e portaerei. A San Diego c’è una base militare tra le più grandi di questa parte del Pacifico.
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    • Day 40

      Road to San Diego

      February 13, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Auf der Fahrt nach San Diego haben wir in San Bernardino beim McDonalds Museum einen Halt gemacht. Damals kostete ein Burger noch 15 Cent 😯 Die Menükarte war die Erste bei McDonalds, die Verpackungen ebenfalls.

      Um die teilweise traurige Geschichte von McDonalds zu verstehen, empfehlen wir den Film Founder. 🍔🍟

      In San Diego angekommen suchten wir am Abend verzweifelt ein Restaurant, welches NICHT Fast Food war und man auch nicht für ein Spaghetti Teller 35$ zahlen musste. (Köstliches / gutes Essen ist rar)
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    • Day 21

      San Diego Tag 1

      October 1, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Erster Tag San Diego! Wir sind zunächst einmal zum Balboa Park gefahren und sind dort ein wenig umher geschlendert, bis wir dann den Fußweg zur Old Town angetreten haben. Das ganze ist sehr sehr mexikanisch/spanisch, war aber super schön. Hier laufen gerade überall die Vorbereitungen für Halloween und den Dias de los Muertos (Tag der Toten). Wir haben ganz klassisch also Tacos und Tortillas zum Mittag gegessen und uns dort die vielen kleinen Läden und Stände angeschaut. Danach ging es dann noch in das Gaslampen Viertel. Auch sehr schön mit vielen Läden zum Beispiel auch für Socken. ;)Read more

    • Day 20

      Flug nach San Diego

      September 30, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Heute ging es dann mittags zum Flughafen (selbst da gibt es Spielautomaten) und dann ab nach San Diego. Im Flugzeug gab es insgesamt nur 12 Passagiere, aber immerhin 6 Mitarbeiter. Da der Flug nur ca. 1 Stunde gedauert hat, war das auch sehr entspannt. Wir sind dann ins Airbnb gefahren und habe eine sehr nette Vermieterin. Abends ging es dann nur noch für eine Kugel Eis raus und dann ab ins Bett.Read more

    • Day 6

      Off to San Diego

      April 9, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      We are off on our road trip across the US. We are leaving magical Disneyland and heading south to San Diego. We have our car, bought some camping stuff at Target and now need to do get our car roof rack.

      Before our trip we looked at the items we wanted at Walmart.com and we needed to grab a roof bag for the car to hold some of our stuff. We have a bag each, a camping bag, a tent, a stroller and we each have a smaller bag. Add a cooler (esky) and food, a small SUV won't hold it all. Well, none of the 8 Walmart's in the area had the roof bag we wanted. We then went to Pep Boys and we were sold a temporary strap on roof racks along with a roof bag to hold the luggage.

      Josh spent almost an hour in a McDonald's parking lot while Inara slept in the car and Brandon and I had lunch inside. I wonder how many McDonald meals we will have on this trip, as it's easy, cheap and almost everywhere.

      We were driving down the highway I-5 south, only having driven 15 miles, when the bag lifted up, taking the roof racks and luggage with it unto the highway. Luckily we were in the left HOV lane and the van behind us was not riding our butt and was able to swerve. We quickly stopped on the left emergency lane and Josh jumped out to grab our stuff, hoping we didn't lose Inara and Josh's clothes bags.

      It all ended well and the kids were great in the whole ordeal..Brandon even calmed Elisa, saying mommy. "Daddy will be OK, it will be ok", as Josh had to go on the major highway to retrieve the items. A cop even stopped by from the other side of the highway to see if we were OK and if there was an debris left.

      We finally made it to the San Diego Metro KOA, a bit more squished with all the luggage stuffed into the car. A highlight of the day was that the 2 min pop up tent really only took a little over 2 min and Elisa was able to do it on her own. This was a good buy.

      We had a great yummy and cheap Mexican meal that we all enjoyed just a few minutes from the KOA.

      I hope this is the worst situation that happens on our adventure.
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    • Day 25

      San Diego and Tijuana

      August 26, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      We've spent four days in our final and southernmost destination. The first two days we camped on Silver Strand State beach. A very nice place to camp, almost right on the beach with several miles of beach to walk or jog and enjoy the many shore birds. My favourite was the pelican. I loved watching them hovering and circling about five metres over the ocean and then diving straight into the water for fish.

      During the first full day in San Diego we bought all day metro passes and took the bus into downtown. We walked and shopped and then caught a train out to Fashion Valley, a large shopping centre and shopped some more. We then caught the train back but got off in Old Town to walk around. We also decided to return to Fred's for a Mexican dinner. We had been there before on our last trip to San Diego, about five years ago.

      On the second day, we had to pack up the trailer and move it to the KOA as SS only had room for us for two nights. It was only a 20 minute drive. Before doing so though, we started our day as we have on most days, with a 30 minute run on the beach after coffees.

      After setting up camp at the KOA, we hopped in the truck and drove to the Mexico US border. We parked at a large outlet mall for free instead of paying $15 at the official lot. We had no wait or trouble getting across the border and had a great day, walking along Avenida de la Revolution and up to a large farmers market and shopping centre. We caught a cab back to a spot near the border and did a bit more shopping. Then walked back to the US and shopped in the huge outlet mall where we were parked. On the way back to the KOA we picked up groceries and then had a late dinner back at the campsite.

      Today was our last day, and although it was cloudy decided to go to the beach. We went to Ocean Beach first thinking it was where we were last time in SD. It was busy with a surfing competition going on. We asked and found out we wanted to go to Mission Beach, only a short drive away.

      On arrival at the boardwalk we were approached by a family leaving to catch a plane who had two extra boogie boards they didn't want and offered them to us for a very good price. So, we now had four good boards. We all got out on the water and had a good time catching waves. It wasn't too warm though so we didn't stay as long as we might have otherwise. But it was getting time to make dinner and we had lots to look forward to doing back at the KOA.
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    • Day 11

      San Diego

      September 19, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Wir haben es gestern Abend doch noch geschafft, San Diego zu erreichen, allerdings by night. Wir wohnen in einem Quartier, 10' von Down town entfernt. Auf den ersten Blick waren wir etwas verunsichert, auf Grund der etwas heruntergekommenen kleinen Häuser, aber das Air B&B ist überraschend hübsch eingerichtet. Es wundert sicher nicht, dass ich mich in der gut ausstaffierten Küche geradewegs wie Zuhause fühlte!
      Nach einem mexikanischen Frühstück, es muss ja nicht immer Confibrötli sein, oder?! sind wir in die Innenstadt gefahren, wo wir eine große Menschenmenge inkl. Grossaufmarsch der Police, der Feuerwehr, welche sowieso überall stets im Einsatz zu sein scheint, und auch der Presseleuten, vorfanden. Viele mit großen Spruchbanner. Es stellte sich dann rasch heraus, dass Mister Präsident Trump gerade am Lunch sei in einem der angesagten Hotels, und San Diego einen hoch offiziellen Besuch abstattete. Aufgeregt warteten alle darauf, ihn zu sehen. Mehrheitlich um ihm zuzujubeln. Sehr zum Leidwesen dieser Menschen hat er aber ungeachtet dessen das Hotel verlassen.
      Claude ging es heute leider immer noch nicht so gut, er hat auch noch Fieber bekommen, so sind wir früh wieder nach Hause gegangen. Diese Tatsache hat uns bewogen, eine Nacht länger hier zu bleiben.
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    • Day 22

      Lunch With A Friend, Aquarium & Zoo

      March 18 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      The past three days have been awesome! Saturday I had lunch with a Harley buddy and got my first Lap of the 48 stop. Sunday morning I spent at the Birch Aquarium, followed by a St Paddy's Day fish & chips lunch by the beach and a soak in the campground's pool-side jacuzzi. And today I spent entirely at the San Diego Zoo! I've attached just a few pics to make you jealous 😉.

      So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish [and mammals and birds and reptiles!!]! ✌️

      HD Dealership Challenge: 1 (total 58)
      RTE-X-USA: 0 points (total 27)
      10 Rides for 2024: 0 (total 1 of 10)
      MCGTTX 2024 Stops: 0 (total 0 of 50)
      IBA Lap Around the 48 Stops: 1 (total 1 of 9)
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    • Day 19

      Day 19: Santa Margarita to San Diego

      March 15 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

      Picking up from two days ago, the wine and fire were very relaxing, and I managed a great rest despite the cold.

      The next day, yesterday, I just hung out at camp and packed what I could until around 1630, when I filled up the tank and had an extraordinary dinner in town at a restaurant called "The Range." I had asparagus cream soup to start 😋, grilled halibut on a bed of smashed potatoes and pan fried spinach with the perfect dab of a garlicy Dijon sauce all topped with ultra thin fried onion strings 😱. I decided to go all the way and finished with a strawberry trifle and cup of decaf coffee. O. M. G. it was sooooooo good.

      Another good sleep with two pairs of socks this time, and I was up at 0530 to break camp.

      By 0700 this morning, my heated gear was thawing me out and Luci and I were on the road to HDs all the way south. Taking Highway 101 to I-5, I hit a lot of traffic everywhere, so I got to practice my lane splitting skills. It is definitely not for the faint of heart 😳.

      I only had a couple of sort of close calls and got to my San Diego KOA at a out 1500. Plenty of time to set up camp and make a run to the store. Now I'm having an adult beverage, hoping the temperature stays above 50°F tonight ✌️.

      I'm having a great time and wish y'all could join me!!

      So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

      HD Dealership Challenge: 8 (total 57)
      RTE-X-USA: 0 points (total 27)
      10 Rides for 2024: 0 (total 1 of 10)
      MCGTTX 2024 Stops: 0 (total 0 of 50)
      IBA Lap Around the 48 Stops: 0 (total 0 of 9)
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    National City, ناشنال سيتي, Нешънъл Сити, نشنال سیتی، کالیفرنیا, 내셔널시티, न्यासनल सिटी, 91951, Нашонал Сити, Lungsod ng National, NLN, نیشنل سٹی، کیلیفورنیا, 纳雄耐尔城

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