When the weather was good, we spent most of our outdoor time exploring. We didn’t always know what we were looking for, but we liked to keep our eyes open to see what we could find. The San Diego we came to know during the first few weeks of our month’s stay centered on the Pacific Ocean, the bays, and watching birds along the coast. We had put off famous sights that are on many tourists’ “must-see” lists and all inside activities. When the first cool and cloudy day rolled in to San Diego, we decided it was time to head for famous Old Town.
A few days later we headed for Balboa Park, an “urban cultural park,” where a number of museums, theatres, and even the zoo are located, surrounded by greenery and flowers.
We’d never heard of the Mingei International Museum, “dedicated to art of the people (mingei) from all eras and cultures of the world.”
When we explored the cultural area of the park, we wandered through the Spanish Village Art Center. Under the shade of a large tree stood this larger-than-life sculpture.
We liked San Diego but mostly for its compelling ocean and outdoor scene. It was so different from what we are used to. Dropping in to museums and Old Town satisfied us for an interesting change of pace. In a month’s stay, we didn’t even scratch the surface of what we could see and do, but maybe it was enough.