Friday, July 20, 2012

San Diego

 Stacy sailing to Coronado/San Diego Harbor 
September 2007

Good Morning, San Diego!

I arrived last night and will be flying out this evening so I probably won't see much (pictures, if any to follow next week).  I am so grateful that Brian and I visited San Diego back in 2007.  This old photo was taken on our way to Coronado.

As always, I like to post a bit of history/trivia.


1.  San Diego is the birthplace of California. The first European exploration of the West Coast was by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator sailing for Spain, who landed in San Diego on September 28, 1542.

2.   San Diego County has the most missions in the state, with four in all: Mission San Diego de Alcala, Mission San Luis Rey, Mission San Antonio de Pala and Mission Santa Ysabel.

3.   The first person to drive over the landmark San Diego-Coronado bridge, which opened in 1969 connecting downtown San Diego with Coronado, was Ronald Reagan.

4.  The Hotel Del Coronado has hosted ten United States presidents, including the first state dinner held outside the White House in 1970. The resort also unveiled the world’s first electrically lighted, outdoor Christmas tree in 1904.

5.   San Diego has hosted two World's Fairs, the Panama-California Exposition in 1915 and the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935.  The expositions left a lasting legacy in the form of Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo and popularizing Mission Revival Style and the Spanish Colonial Revival Style of architecture locally and throughout Southern California as a regional aesthetic, and influencing design in the nation.