Bayside: Blogpost 1, Snowbird Flight 2018

First up, Vitamin D and warm temps in sunny San Diego. The words “City by the bay” played in my head as we arrived. Not that this was the city Journey was singing about but just the same the jingle was fitting for me. An easy flight with a short layover in Oakland via Southwest and boom. San Diego. We shuttled from the airport, utilizing the free service to our hotel and meandered out for a bite to eat at about the only place we could find in Little Italy after 10 called Craft and Commerce. Tasty fare and attentive service with an open air fire table atmosphere. A truly nice start to this set of days. Wandering back along the deserted streets to our room, we hoped to whittle away the calories from the rich, flavorful Vegetable Fettuccine and Braised Short Rib Bolognese.

Grocery shopping became our first priority on day one as we laid our plans to reach our goal of fitness and good eating habits during these adventures. (At least until we hit the temptations presented by cruising. To Europe.) A room frig solidified our decision to limit our restaurant frequenting. Nearly four months on the road makes for lots of extra pounds if wise choices are not made. (This serves as a lecture to ourselves!) We used Ralph’s Market as our supplier and shopping our first day added a 2.2 Mile trek to get our walking habit started. We practiced our skills of shopping the outer edges to insure a low number of processed foods. Wine at incredible prices with an additional temptation of buy 6 bottles mix and match get 30% off has us set for here, with cushion.

Sunset from the balcony of our room at the Wyndham Bayside found us consuming early dinners of veggies, cheeses, fruits and shrimp a couple times during our stay. The beauty of the view was not to be missed and added great value to an already awesome value room.

70 degrees in January makes for excellent creature comfort. Walking the Bay Area, Seaport Village, Gaslamp downtown SD, Little Italy and Balboa Park served to get us on track for 5 Mile treks as a daily routine. The USS Midway with its onboard fleet was an awesome sight. Taking in the steel bodied ship and it’s aircraft set my mind to day dreaming about the good the molybdenum mine in our backyard, the Boise National Forest, could do. This mineral deposit being pursued by American CuMo Mining could do amazing things for the stability and independence of our county not to mention our country, both in its defense and infrastructure. Strange thoughts but important to me.

NFL Football playoffs playing in the background while sunning on our balcony and people watching was a great way to spend our Saturday and Sunday. Sunday the balcony offered a birds eye view of the Martin Luther King Day Parade. A little poolside time mixed in gave me an opportunity to start my ann