50: The dolphins greeted us

(Tonight’s sunset at Mission Beach)

It has been a long, long, LONG day.  Having taken the time to figure it out, M and I have been awake and on the go since the equivalent of 11pm last night.  And it’s only 5:30pm here in California right now.  We’re going to try to stay awake for a couple more hours so we can get adjusted to the time change.

We just came back from the beach where we watched the sunset.  A pod of dolphins were frolicking in the surf.  Really.  They were frolicking.  Full, curving body jumps out of the water.  They looked like they were having a fine time playing in the waves.

(Yes, it’s THAT Carnival Cruise ship)

We arrived in San Diego a couple of hours after the Carnival Cruise Ship that has been in the news lately.  We wondered if it would contribute to traffic difficulties, with the media here to greet the ship and a Veteran’s Day parade going on at the same time.  It didn’t.

We had lunch (or maybe it was dinner since that’s how our body clocks have interpreted it) somewhere around Shelter Island (which is where I took a few photos of the cruise ship with the city of San Diego in the background).

(Fish taco)

I am once again on a mission to find the best ceviche in San Diego.  The ceviche we had today was great, but it has been a long while since I last sampled some of this marvelous seafood cooked in citrus juices so I am withholding judgment until the end of the trip.  Besides, I’m too tired to attempt a restaurant review.  The food was fresh and delicious and it gave us the energy we needed to keep going.  I did not take pictures of the ceviche.  I was too busy eating it.  I did, however, capture one of the fish tacos I had.  M ordered lobster tacos and we shared/split our orders.  We do that a lot when we eat out, having mini conferences about what to order so we can share the food and thereby taste more while not necessarily eating more.  (No, we don’t do the order one dish and split it thing.  We order two dishes that we both agree we want to try and then split it up.)

No Greetings From San Diego post would be complete with a palm tree.  There it is up against a gloriously blue sky.

After lunch and a quick trip to the grocery store, we made our way to the condo we’re renting for the week.  M is here for work and we’ve found in the past that renting a condo for the week is cheaper than staying in a hotel.  AND we’re practically right on the beach.  Yes!

Tonight’s sunset was amazing.  We stayed out on the beach for a while watching the dolphins frolic as the sky went from yellow to orange to a deep red.  Stripes of all three colors were layered across the horizon.

I can’t begin to tell you how good it is to be by the ocean once again, to put my feet in the sand and to listen to the waves as they come crashing and rolling in.  And even if I could, I’m too exhausted to do it.  Maybe tomorrow, after a good night’s sleep and a day at the beach I’ll find the words or the energy or both.

P.S.  I was trying to beat the auto-post I had scheduled but didn’t make it so you get two posts today.  I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but at least I didn’t miss a post.  🙂


19 Comments on “50: The dolphins greeted us”

  1. Marianne says:

    Robin, this is fantastic! Wonderful, beautiful pictures. I love the sunset. The fish taco looks yummy. San Diego looks awesome. I could feel my toes in the sand too. I loved San Diego when I visited there many, many years ago. I can’t wait to see more photos.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Marianne. 🙂

      This is, I think, my third visit to San Diego. I would live here if I could. But since I can’t, I am grateful for the opportunity to visit every now and then.

  2. ladyfi says:

    Wow – what glorious pictures! And dolphins frolicking in the surf – it doesn’t get better than that!

  3. Kala says:

    Those colorful fish tacos look fabulous. And now I am really hungry!

  4. Sunsets on the beaches can be so minimalistic yet so much awe inspiring. Seeing the vast sky and the ocean. It’s just beautiful, but that doesn’t even suffice.

    • Robin says:

      Capturing that awe inspiring moment is almost as difficult as trying to describe it, Visioplanet. I’ve found the same with mountains. Photos, no matter how good they are, just don’t seem to match what the eye and soul see.

  5. cismonok says:

    Look closely – some of the palm trees are actually cell phone towers in disguise – 😉

    Enjoy your stay!

  6. Marcie says:

    That image of the sunset is WOW! WOW! WOW! Absolutely stunning!!!

  7. Christina says:

    Wow – do I really live there? 🙂

    The cruise ship story really hit home not just because it ended up having to be towed here, but also because I’ve taken two of those week long Mexico cruises from our local harbor in the past. Though not on Carnival!

    I swear some of the best ceviche I’ve had was right here at the cafe at work. Still, I’ll ponder upon the possibility of finding a good batch for you on Wednesday.

    • Robin says:

      Oh good! With two of us looking for good ceviche, I’m sure we’ll find the absolute best. 😀

      This evening I met a group of folks who were on The Ship. I was surprised to hear them say they had a good time. I also noticed they were being put up at the Marriott. M’s theory is that the people who bitched about it got sent home early while the rest are having a good time in San Diego. lol!

  8. photobyholly says:

    Beautiful sunset! The palm tree against the blue sky is so pretty!! Interesting that you got to see the ship that was stranded… funny that happened at the same time that I went on my very first cruise!!

  9. Karma says:

    So pretty! I hope you have a very wonderful time – and I hope you get some dolphin pictures!

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