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Tall ship in San Diego

Make a splash on the SEAL!

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Sometimes, in order to see the best of San Diego, you have to leave the driving to someone else.

The first time I remember hearing about driving was when our family was driving home to Brigham City, Utah, from Salt Lake City one snowy, dark, winter night. Dad was tired and mom offered to drive. After pulling over and switching seats, mom proceeded to take us on down the highway. I don’t remember how long it was, but mom was driving when we skidded on some ice and spun around, coming to a stop at the edge of the road, which happened to be a cliff with a long drop-off to the canyon below. Fortunately, the guardrail, while damaged, did its job. Dad said something about how things go bad when you leave the driving to someone else. He might have said something about women drivers, but I’m not going there……………….

I’m here to tell you, though, that you should make a Splash on the SEAL and leave the driving to someone else.

Make a Splash on the Seal

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SEAL tours are unique in that they start on land, either at Seaport Village or the Star of India, drive around to Shelter Island and then into the water. Going into the water is a unique experience itself; it just doesn’t seem right. They will motor around San Diego Bay for a while and take you out to see Mother and Father Nature’s seals and the submarine base before driving up and out of the ocean and back to your starting point.

Make a Splash on the Seal

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The whole narrated trip takes about 90 minutes and costs only $36 for adults, $19 for children age 4-12, and free for children under age 4.

seaport village (1)-500If you buy your tickets online, there is a discount.

Reservations are required but you cannot make reservations online. You’ll have to go to Seaport Village or the Star of India to make your reservations. The Star of India stop is seasonal — “seasonal” usually means during tourist season, about Memorial Day through Labor Day — so I’d recommend making Seaport Village your point of origination. Besides, if your ride is more than 30 minutes in the future, there is megastuff to do at Seaport Village and Marina Park.

A walk around Marina Park or through Seaport Village provides you with beautiful views of the Bay, the Coronado Bridge, Coronado, and downtown San Diego, as well as shopping and dining.

Some of what I saw when I made a Splash on the SEAL:

Marina Park at Seaport Vilage

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Most of the kites are demonstration kites from the coolest kite store ever, located at Seaport Village just steps away from the flying kites. Except when the kite store is closed, there are always kites flying to keep the children (and your inner child) entertained.

Balanced rocks at Seaport Village in San Diego

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Marriott towers and Harbor Club towers

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Into the water we go!

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Pelicans on the SEAL tour in San Diego

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Seals and sea lions from the SEAL tour in San Diego

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Seals and sea lions seen on the SEAL tour

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San Diego County has the free world’s largest concentration of military personnel, so it’s highly likely that you’ll see military helicopters, planes, and ships when you make a Splash on the SEAL. By the way, SEAL stands for “SE And Land” tour.

Navy ship in San Diego

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Helicopter shower

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USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

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Submarine and tugboat

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I got that submarine picture with my 300 mm lens; the tours are only allowed to get within a certain distance of military vessels.

Atessa IV mega-yacht in San Diego

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Tall ship in San Diego

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San Diego

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Tall ship in San Diego

How to get yourself good and tired… and sore

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One of the great things about San Diego is that there are so many ways to get around:

San Diego Trolley

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Amtrak

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Cruise ship in San Diego

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Tall ship in San Diego

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The Californian

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Jet ski

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Those are just a few. Obviously there’s the ubiquitous car, motorcycle, and bus, too. So yesterday I traveled 11.1 miles and today another 15.1 miles, all on this:

Russel Ray's bike

Russel Ray’s bike

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Yesterday’s ride was west, to the beach, specifically the end of the San Diego jetty where the San Diego River meets the Pacific Ocean and where a colony of fine, furry, four-legged felines live:

Feral cat at the San Diego jetty

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Today’s ride was east, into the boondocks, where the wildlife is a little more wild:

Bird in the wild

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Of course I have billions and billions and billions of pictures, but you’ll just have to wait because I am sore, sore, sore, needing a good soaking in the hot tub with a margarita close at hand.

And then, get this, the glutton for punishment that I am, I’m going on an 8-mile hike out in the boondocks tomorrow with the San Diego Urban Explorers, urbanites who explore the boondocks, not people who explore urbanity like you might think. Our goal tomorrow is to get to Lake Morena where, rumor has it (and in this case I discovered that the rumor is true), there are caves. Yahooo! Who knew there were caves in the San Diego County boondocks?!!

Morena Reservoir

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Panoramas from downtown San Diego

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After I finished at The Festival of Sail yesterday, I wandered around downtown San Diego looking for more opportunities to take some pictures to use for  Photomerge in Photoshop CS6. I had a lot of fun exploring some buildings that I had never been in and got some pictures to create these photomerges.

The first picture is a photomerge of two pictures taken from the new skybridge downtown. It shows the San Diego Convention Center, the tracks for the San Diego Trolley, downtown Marriott (the two black towers), and the two Hyatt towers (white).

San Diego Convention Center

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Next up is a panorama of San Diego Bay, a photomerge of five pictures taken from the 15th floor of the Holiday Inn north tower. The ship at the left is the USS Midway Museum, and across the bay you can see the USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear powered aircraft carrier currently docked at the North Island Naval Station.

Midway and North Island in downtown San Diego

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The following is a tile mural in the lobby of the Holiday Inn downtown. A photomerge of three pictures.

Holiday Inn mural, downtown San Diego

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The following is a photomerge of five pictures of Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. The tower at the left is the combo Omni hotel/condominiums. The upper flower condos have a beautiful view of the ballpark, and most of them are owned by players from the Padres and the Chargers. The big building at the right is the new Central Library, the dome of which will be the second largest dome in the United States and the fourth largest in the world (see more of the library in my post here: America’s second largest dome is nearing completion).

Petco Park, San Diego

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The following photomerge of eight pictures shows mainly the tracks of the San Diego Trolley. The new skybridge for pedestrians is one of my favorite places to watch trains, which I do quite often. Although the Trolley is light rail, the BNSF heavy rail tracks run through here, too. They are the two tracks on the left. Unfortunately, BNSF trains tend to be a couple of miles long so they are not allowed to run through here during the daylight hours, making real train watching here less than ideal since it has to be done at night. Petco Park is at the right, and the greenish towers in the center is the Omni hotel/condo talked about above. The white towers at the left are the Hyatt, and the black tower (actually two towers) in the center are the Harbor Club towers, where Bruce Willis & Demi Moore once owned the 5,000-SF penthouse when they were still married to each other.

Downtown San Diego near the Convention Center

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Of course, since my whole purpose for being downtown yesterday was to go to the Festival of Sail, I have to end with a photomerge of a tall ship, this one using three pictures:

Tall ship at the 2012 Festival of Sail, San Diego

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