San Diego afternoon
After Jenn & Kelsey re-energized a bit Monday afternoon, we decided to drive downtoan and check out Balboa Park, which turned out to be a really nice way to spend a couple hours. Having never been here before – and Jenn realized that this visit actually marks the first time that the three of us are vacationing somewhere that’s entirely new to all of us, which is cool – we were just blown away by the place.
It was sunny and pleasant and perfect for exploring the garden area.
First, we descended into the Palm Canyon, marked at its upper end by this extraordinary tree:
Next up was a pass through the 95-year-old Alcazar Garden -
And then, at Kelsey’s request, a stroll past the Lily Pond.
(Lots of colorful koi in there, too, along with at least one red-eared slider.)
For dinner, we went over to the touristy and overpriced Seaport Village – a resort staffer where we’re staying recommended it when we asked about a waterfront restaurant, and we didn’t know better – but the food was very tasty, and Kelsey tried coconut-fried shrimp for the first time, and I tried mussels, and we did enjoy a nice view of the bay and the naval base, and the three of us had a good time just walking around together after supper while the sun went down.