Trippin’

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Sand Castle at Coronado Beach

Sand Castle at Coronado Beach

I’m sorry. I wanted to write a witty, fun narrative of my recent trip to San Diego but, though I have tried twice already, it comes out stilted and forced. The highlights? I saw my friend Matt for the first time in 3 years and it was as if we had seen each other just the night before. The lows? I got sick on the drive down and had to spend Wednesday night and most of Thursday in, or very close to, the motel bathroom. I even had to take a nap the next day, I was so exhausted. But by 2:30 I was finally feeling better and went to the Gaslamp Quarter to wait for Matt to get out of Comic-con. I walked around for about 3 hours in 100 degree heat when I couldn’t find my car. Then I sat in it until Matt was free. That night we had a great  Mexican dinner (OK, mine was not great, but the Margarita was super!) then I dropped him at the place he was staying and I returned to my motel. The next morning I checked out and drove to Coronado and walked along the beach where I took the photo above. The photo below was taken near the Gaslamp Quarter the day before.

My drive back home took only 5 and a half hours.

Home For the Homeless

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36 thoughts on “Trippin’

    1. If there was a train between Las Vegas and San Diego I would have taken it. But the closest station to Las Vegas is in Needles, CA. About two hours away. The traffic was the worst part of the trip= even worse than being sick.

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  1. You got sick… then walked around for about 3 hours in 100 degree heat … So sorry to hear that.
    Hope you have fun in SD. Coronado is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn. But I’m not convinced it was the heat. I mean, it could have been, but I was in an air conditioned car from 8 in the morning until 6 at night and it hit me about 3 or 4 in the afternoon. And lasted almost 24 hours.

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  2. You know I had to come and visit your site when I saw the title trippin’ 🙂 Great shots but sorry to hear you spent some time sick.

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  3. I’m amazed you didn’t get sick again after walking around for so long in that heat!! It’s been really humid in the UK which always makes my Crohn’s a bit dodgy and leaves me pretty exhausted. I know what it’s like to have to stay close to the toilets 😦 Were you originally going to do Comic-con too? It’s on my bucket list 😉 So many of my favourite authors and fantasy artists are there every year!

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    1. I never thought of going to Comic-Con myself. Matt had gotten a free ticket with a friend and they went together. I met him in the evening for dinner. I guess I could have gone but never looked into a single day ticket. I used t o be a collector but somehow lost interest. But I did get to see some of the people who dressed up. They looked great. Very imaginative and detailed.

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      1. Yeah, the dressing up is all part of the fun 🙂 I have seen a few amazing outfits at festivals! I think I would go as a book character that’s never been in film then I could really use my own imagination to go with the author’s description. I’ve been reading sci-fi and fantasy since I was a kid! Early art was very much inspired by some of the great fantasy artists too 🙂 You should go sometime! I think it’s one of those things that ought to be experienced at least once 😀

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  4. Being sick on vacation is the worst. I hope you are feeling better.

    I find the contrast between the 2 photos very interesting. Was it deliberate? Sand castles on one hand vs the homeless on the other.

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    1. I am feeling better, thanks! The contrast was definitely deliberate. On the one hand you have people spending from $529 a night for a room at the Hotel Del Coronado where the first photo was taken while other people sleep in a tent on a sidewalk less than 6 miles away.

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  5. Sorry to hear you were ill on your vacation, and not managing many photos…..but the two you have posted here are great and, as others have commented, brilliantly contrasting,

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  6. Poor you! Being sick on vacation really s…s! But I´m glad you´re feeling better now!! The pics are great! The sandcastle is one hell of artwork! And the beach looks amazing!! The tents are a shock though… I didn´t realize it was like that so close to where other people go and spent to much money (like a hotel as you said, or going out). Here in Berlin you don´t see many homeless people on the streets, at least not during the day, although there are plenty!

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    1. Yes, I was shocked when I saw them. The neighborhood where the shot was taken is only 3 blocks away from an area that has restaurants, shops, and high rise condos or apartments. It’s an area in transition.

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      1. Transition sounds not so good for those poor people living in those tents – where will they have to go to next, I wonder? I saw in a documentary something very similar happening in Japan where living conditions are very crowded: the poor and the rich side by side and nobody seems to be able to make a difference… it saddens me so much thinking about it.

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  7. What a miserable trip, except for your time with Matt.
    Even still, these two photos are excellent, even if the subject of the second one is not.

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