Aircraft carriers across the Bay
Bougainvillea in full bloom at the airport
Sailboats anchored along the way, cruise boat in the background
Along the walk way are signs about the creatures with whom we share the bay.
Our neighbors in and above the water
The San Diego Embarcadero stretches all along the San Diego Harbor, from the cruise boat terminal past the USS Midway to the convention center, with museums, hotels, restaurants and shops. It's a little crowded around the cruise boat terminal as people get on and off the ship, but fine for walking, biking, jogging, and just enjoying the day. The USS Midway, about halfway down the Embarcadero, is the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the Navy and is now a museum with over 1 million visitors each year
As we continue on past the USS Midway, we come to the commercial fishing fleet.
Fishing boats at rest
Fish for sale, fresh off the boat
We continue on to the San Diego Convention center, about 4 miles from where we parked and started walking, and turn away from the water to enter the Gaslamp Quarter, 16.5 blocks of entertainment, dining, shopping and hotels located in historic buildings dating from the Victorian Era. The term "Gaslamp" refers to the gas lamps that were common in San Diego in the 19th and 20th centuries.
View of downtown from the Convention Center
Entering the Gaslamp Quarter across from the Convention Center
As we wander through the Gaslamp Quarter, we start to think about lunch and spot the Gaslamp Union Kitchen & Tap with an open table outside. Although the craft beer list is appealing, we settle for Diet Cokes and some great food. We share fish tacos (beer battered cod with cabbage, jalapeno cream and pico de gallo on corn tortillas) and a blackened chicken wrap (with corn and red pepper salsa, avocado, cotija cheese and roasted red pepper aoli). Both are excellent.
Sitting outside at the Gaslamp Union Kitchen & Tap
We relax and prepare to wander back to our car and head up the coast to Carlsbad.