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Old 08-27-2014, 08:38 AM   #1
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Hello All.

You may know me as the tough Adventurer who crosses barren wastelands and visits nuclear missile silos, but to be honest, I do have a soft and fuzzy side.

I love animals.
I live with a wonderful fuzzy companion named Mr. Purr who also loves KTMs.


And I've always wanted to visit the San Diego zoo.
Well, last weekend I went to San Diego and checked out Coronado Island, the area around the San Diego Lighthouse, and of course the San Diego zoo.

So if you have ever wanted to see the sights around San Diego and like animals, settle in and enjoy this Ride Report.

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Old 08-27-2014, 09:41 AM   #2
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Day 1: Home to San Diego. Coronado Island, and Lighthouse

So early Saturday morning, I had the KTM 950 all packed up, and was on the road by 7:00 am.


Traffic was light as I headed south on HWY 57.


I-5 south was pretty empty as well and we were making good time.


The sun was coming up and there was still fog in the valleys.


And we stayed in the fast lane making good time to San Diego.


I have an aunt in San Diego and this was an opportunity to go visit her.


Here's the happy KTM, loaded with camera equipment.


After parking the bike, and changing into street clothes, we went to Coronado Island to see the famous Coronado Hotel.


This is where they filmed "Some like it hot" with Marilyn Monroe.






It's one of the largest all wooden hotels in North America.
Very nice lobby.


Here's the same shot, but with a different lens.


And a fun view of the inner courtyard.


More to come...
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:54 AM   #3
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:44 AM   #4
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Hello All.

You may know me as the tough Adventurer who crosses barren wastelands and visits nuclear missile silos, but to be honest, I do have a soft and fuzzy side.

I love animals.
I live with a wonderful fuzzy companion named Mr. Purr who also loves KTMs.


And I've always wanted to visit the San Diego zoo.
Well, last weekend I went to San Diego and checked out Coronado Island, the area around the San Diego Lighthouse, and of course the San Diego zoo.

So if you have ever wanted to see the sights around San Diego and like animals, settle in and enjoy this Ride Report.

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If you're in the San Diego area, besides the zoo, the Wild Animal park in Escondido is excellent.

Edit: It seems it is now known as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:24 AM   #5
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If you're in the San Diego area, besides the zoo, the Wild Animal park in Escondido is excellent.

Edit: It seems it is now known as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/
Don't worry. I've got that on my list of places to visit too.
I'm going to wait for it to get cooler before I go.

Thanks!
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:42 AM   #6
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:57 AM   #7
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:05 PM   #8
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I've got that on my list of places to visit too.
I'm going to wait for it to get cooler before I go.
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Day 1: Continued - Coronado Island, and Lighthouse

After visiting the grand hotel, we went to the other side of the island to get a nice view of downtown San Diego.


From here you can get a good view of the tall buildings of downtown.


You could also see some of the large Navy ships.


There was also the Yokohama Japanese Friendship bell.


Next Cabrillo National Monument and lighthouse.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:39 PM   #10
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Day 1: Continued - Cabrillo National Monument and Lighthouse

Our next stop was Cabrillo National Monument and the lighthouse.

The lighthouse sits way on top of a hill, and offers great views.

(I guess they figured that putting a lighthouse in a deep canyon doesn't work to well...)

The view from the hill is pretty nice.


From up top there I saw some really modern Navy vessel making it's way out of the harbor. Does anybody know what kind of boat this is?


Also from this vantage point we could see surfers about 1000 feet below.


But the lighthouse is what we came to see.


I went inside and climbed up the narrow staircase to the top.




Here's the special reflecting lens. What an amazing piece of manufacturing.


After checking out the lighthouse, I saw a sign for a "sighting station".
What's that?

Well it turns out that in WWII this was a strategic location for spotting enemy ships and aircraft, and defending the Navy yards in the bay.

It also turns out that one of the "bunkers" was open for visitors.
How cool! I love stuff like this!
I descended the stairs and soon I was inside.


How cool is this!?
Soldiers would man these positions 24 hours a day, taking four hour shifts, and keep an eye out for enemy vessels.
Nice view.


And if they spotted anything they would triangulate it's position and a 16" gun located nearby would fire these at it.


I tried to go see the gun, but it was off limits.

So after exploring the hilltop, we went down to see the ocean.
Erosion had created some interesting patterns.


By now it was getting late and we headed back to my aunts house.
We decided we would take a walk and go out to dinner.

Along the way I saw a nice Bird of Paradise flower.


We walked across a cool suspension bridge.


We had Thai food for dinner, and Gelato for desert.


All and all, a really nice day.

Tomorrow, we go to the ZOO!!!
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It looks like a littoral combat ship.
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I think I know that bridge. Was it in Hillcrest just north of downtown?

Might be too late since you already went to Coronado, but Las Cuatro Milpas should be on the list...

Damn I miss San Diego...
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From up top there I saw some really modern Navy vessel making it's way out of the harbor. Does anybody know what kind of boat this is?
Littoral Combat Ship, specifically, LCS-1 USS Freedom.

The other isn't actually a Navy ship other than being gray, its a military sealift command T-AO, mobile gas station basically, the crew is primarily civilian, there are maybe 15 military on board main for comms duties.

I work on the point with that monument behind one of the gates. Office with a view that, I never have to check the surf report, that is for sure.
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