If you've ever wanted to check out San Diego and the #1 beach in America but just looking for the right opportunity, this is your chance. :)
We will meet 11am at Edwards Market Place movie theater off of I-5 and Jamboree Rd in Irvine to coordinate carpool.
Flexible itinerary as follows, subject to change with flow of our group:
We'll grab lunch at Ferry Landing Marketplace just off of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in Coronado, probably Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q for its cool name. There, we can take in San Diego's picturesque skyline. Hopefully, we can also catch sight of our majestic nuclear aircraft carriers. San Diego is home base for America's Pacific fleet.
Piggy plant combo Ribs and Pull Pork and Smoke Sausage
Salad with pulled chicken
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
Then head off to national historic landmark Hotel del Coronado and Coronado Beach (voted #1 beach in America 2012, even besting Hawaii's Waikiki!).
The hotel was built in 1888 - same year USC Trojan football team was born :) Fight On!, and every American president since Eisenhower had stayed here. Marilyn Monroe starred in Some Like It Hot with Hotel del Coronado in the movie.
After blistering in the sun on the beach, we will head back over the bridge to Gaslamp Quarter to grab dinner, walk the streets to take in sights and sounds of nightlife. This is SD's version of Hollywood/Santa Monica.
Many buildings in Gaslamp are historic landmarks as well.
Nearby is San Diego's convention center with a challenging flight of stairs we can run up and down to work off excess calories consumed during dinner. :D (What you see in photo is only 1/2 of the stairs, 2nd half of stairs are hidden over the top.)
Expect to start heading back to Irvine about 10pm unless everyone wants to stay later.
Please share costs of gas and parking with drivers.
Please be prompt in arrival at Edwards by 11am. We will start leaving within 15 minutes of 11am.
WALKING AND APPAREL
There will be a fair amount of walking on pavement and beach sand. Please wear comfortable shoes.
San Diego weather is like Los Angeles. It can get cool by the beach and at night. Please dress accordingly.