Friday, 13 April 2012

Day Two - San Diego

Following such a long few days getting here you would probably expect that we slept in a little bit longer than planned. However, once we got going we got pretty busy. The first port of call was to visit a shopping outlet called Los Americas Premium Outlet. What makes this place so special is that it is right on the border line between the USA and Mexico, in fact it's so close to the border, that the border fence (which is huge) is also the border of the car park. We spent a few hours here shopping for just about anything you can think of. Chargers Jerseys for Schuyler, shoes for Maureen, Kyle and I and watches for Joshua and Schuyler. The outlet was pretty huge and took us into the mid-afternoon to complete. After this we headed into San Diego city to visit a card store for the boys and to visit Westfield Horton Plaza to see Kam at Ezy Toys (my preferred online diecast aircraft retailer). Unfortunately, Kam wasn't there and I actually didn't buy anything...yeah, you heard me right.

We then left Maureen and Joshua to explore Horton Plaza whilst Schuyler, Kyle and I visited the San Diego Air and Space Museum. The Museum is great, but unfortunately, they close early, so we were left with on 45 minutes to explore. The highlights of this museum are the Apollo 9 Command Module, beautifully restored Mustang, Spitfire, Corsair and Me-109 and the magnificent A12 (older version of the SR-71 Blackbird) and Sea Dart which stand outside the front of the Museum.

Here's some pictures:



Given that the museum closed so early, we had a little bit of time to kill so we decided to do some spotting of aircraft on approach to San Diego's main airport. The approach looks a little scarey as the aircraft needs to cross the crest of a hill before dropping down onto the strip. We first took some shots at Balboa Park (the site of the Air and Space Museum) then we moved closer to the airport. Here's some pictures:


We then headed back to Horton Plaza to pick up Maureen and Joshua, but not before we ventured in to pick up some new Basketball shoes for Kyle...he was pretty excited. We attempted to have dinner at the Red Lobster but it was severely packed and we would have to wait a while, so we settled on Arbys and were so impressed, we rang the bell (it's what you do apparently).

We didn't get to bed until around midnight, but managed to get in a Skype call back to Maureen's family.

Here's the shot of the day.

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