Walking Weekend in San Diego

I haven’t been in my car since I got home from work on Friday afternoon. I love weekends like this.

I slept in (for me) on Saturday, getting up a little after 8 am. I got dressed and went to my favorite French cafe where I worked on poems and a little work. I stayed until about 12:30 pm, then went home and tried to decide what to do. Rather than agonizing too much, I decided to go for a walk. I packed my purse with my iPad and a notebook, in case I found a place to write or read.

I set off and when I walked out my building’s door, I noticed big crowds of people, many dressed in graduation robes, making their way toward Petco Park. It was the commencement ceremony for National University, and there were a lot of graduates!

I continued around the ballpark, then on to the MLK promenade that runs parallel to the trolley tracks. I crossed over Harbor and continued through Seaport Village to the Dockside Market, where I saw these two playing and hoping for some fish scraps from one of the boats:

I continued through Ruocco Park, crossed Harbor again and followed it north toward the pier. Just past Broadway, I finally came across the Lane Field monument which is so nondescript, I’m sure many people miss it.


I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I’d left the house to maybe find a place to eat, but I wasn’t quite hungry yet, so I went into a coffee place for an iced mocha and to use the restroom. When I came out, I heard music across the street that sounded familiar, so I jaywalked over to see my friend, Robin Henkel, set up outside Carnita’s Snack Shack with the vocalist, Whitney Shay.


I listened to a song then chatted briefly with them, then headed on down the road. At Harbor & Ash, I noticed lots of stuff set up in front of Waterfront Park – it was a taco festival. I thought about going in, but it was $35, so I decided against it. I wandered through the park area that wasn’t blocked off, then crossed PCH on to Cedar, turned left on Kettner and went to Date St and perused the Little Italy Farmer’s Market that was just shutting down. The market used to be on Cedar but it has moved. They’ve done some construction around Little Italy with new fountains and a pedestrian area. It looked nice. I walked up to Union St then back down to India St, turned left on Beech St, and right on State St to Broadway where I turned left and headed toward 5th.

I decided to stop for lunch close to home at Nason’s Beer Hall (at J St & 6th Ave) where I had a beer and a chicken wrap w/ fries. While I sat & read & ate, the Preakness was run to cheers in the bar (Justify, the Kentucky Derby winner, won so one more race for the Triple Crown).

I went home, and it was probably after 4 pm. I’d been out a while and the walk was good and I felt fine later to warm up some pasta I’d made on Friday night and watch TV. It was a good day.

Today was very much the same. The French cafe in the morning, a walk in the afternoon – shorter this time, but a different route. This time I walked east on J St to 14th, then turned left and went up to Market St for a block, turned right on 13th St to head north until E St, then turned left and went west to 4th St. At 4th, I turned left and headed home with a stop at CVS then a stop at Lolita’s. Then back home to eat and watch some episodes of Jane the Virgin (what a great show, thanks for turning me on to it, Sandy!)

Then it was time to work on poems again and write here. Now it’s 10 pm and it’s time for bed. I hope you all had a great weekend!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. josefa says:

    Why weren’t your pictures uploading?

  2. josefa says:

    Now they show up! 🙂

    1. meetinggrace says:

      I tried again & it worked.

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