You know, how you know something is going to be really bad but you do it anyway. Well, that's what we did. We left Pismo Beach and headed for Coronado, CA on Dec. 23rd. We took HWY 101 to I 405 straight through LA during holiday rush hour traffic. Going down the 405 was the longest scariest three hours of our lives. Mike cranked up the music to drown out my gasps. I spent most of my time praying. With our nerves frayed and knowing we wouldn't get to Silver Strand State Park before they locked the gates, I began calling RV parks south of LA. Oceanside RV park saved the day. They had one pull through site left. We took it. We will never go through LA again! The next morning, Christmas Eve, we felt a lot better and quickly packed up for Coronado.
Pulling into Silver Strand State Park lifted a weight off our shoulders. I booked a site on the last row because there wouldn't be anyone behind us and it gave us extra space. Lyra liked the sand behind our rig. She still is terrified of the ocean. With the sand dune blocking her view of the waves she loved it. Christmas morning we rode our bikes through the tunnel under HWY 75 to the San Diego Bay and down the strand. The wind was brutal so we decided not to go all the way to Coronado. Mike put on his swim suit and was determined to get in the water. I stayed bundled on the beach.
We spent most of the day after Christmas on the Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego. A fantastic museum. The docents who are all retired military were stationed throughout the ship. They told about specific parts of the carrier like how planes land and take off. Plan on spending at least 4 hours and we suggest doing the bridge guided tour. It's included with admission but the line is a bit long. We were there on a holiday weekend so it might not be as bad on a regular day.
Our last mission on our Coastal Trip was the Mission San Diego. Walking into the mission church admiring the hand painted ceilings and decorative flower vines framing the windows is like stepping into another time. For hundreds of years this place was a stop for many travelers and the center for learning.
Our stay ended with a walk around the famous Hotel Coronado. The historic hotel was bustling with holiday guests and visitors. They even had an ice rink by the beach. Coronado has been a wonderful place to spend Christmas since we couldn't be with our family this year.
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.