Well I am back from Tampa, Florida; a bit redder & browner, and a lot exhausted. It was a great trip, beautiful weather (which is a nice change from the mid-western winter) and great company! We (husband and I) made it down to Longboat Key, a gorgeous beach that the locals hide very well. You need to be an informed visitor to find it, but I’ll tell ya how: heading south on 789, over the bridge into Longboat Key go right immediately, (it looks like an entrance to upscale condos) veer to the right and drive straight back to the very small parking area-go early to get a spot! We also did some great fishing off the old bridge next to the Skyview on the bay, where we spotted sea turtles! Yes sea turtles-highlight of the trip for an animal lover like myself! Only one more gulf resident left on my list-manatee! We, being a couple without small children, visited several hotspots. Whiskey Joe’s on the West Courtney Campbell causeway, is a great way to spend the day! Great Food, Great Atmosphere, and an outdoor ‘play’ area that includes beach volley ball, corn hole (also known as “Bags”), rental jet skis, outdoor food & beverage service, and live music! It gets packed the minute it opens, so again, get there early! Well enough about that trip, now on to my next adventure-San Diego, California!
San Diego is my next stop, in June 2017 and I am very excited! I have never been to California, and can’t wait to visit this beautiful southern city. San Diego, Spanish for “Saint Didacus”; is a major city in California, United States. It is in San Diego County, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, approximately 120 miles (190 km) south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico. With it’s beautiful Pacific beaches and 200 deep canyons and hills separating its mesas, creating small pockets of natural open space scattered throughout the city and giving it a hilly geography, it is a wonder land for the active.
San Diego has a very rich history and many cultural backgrounds. The original inhabitants of the region are now known as the San Dieguito and La Jolla people. The area of San Diego has been inhabited by the Kumeyaay people. The first European to visit the region was Portuguese-born explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sailing under the flag of Castile. Sailing his flagship San Salvador from Navidad, New Spain, Cabrillo claimed the bay for the Spanish Empire in 1542, and named the site “San Miguel”. November 1602, Sebastián Vizcaíno was sent to map the California coast. In 1821, Mexico won its independence from Spain, and San Diego became part of the Mexican territory of Alta California. In 1822, Mexico began attempting to extend its authority over the coastal territory of Alta California. The fort on Presidio Hill was gradually abandoned, while the town of San Diego grew up on the level land below Presidio Hill. The state of California was admitted to the United States in 1850. That same year San Diego was designated the seat of the newly established San Diego County and was incorporated as a city.
I can not wait to see southern Cali, so stop back in and hear about this next adventure! This time I promise to be more of a shutter bug and share some of the sights I see!