February 16, 2019, San Diego-
When I set out this morning, from Blythe, I half-expected to see nothing but clouds and moisture, once past the San Gabriels and Mt. San Jacinto. Neither happened, and while a few clouds sent sprinkles our way, here and there, the weather was cool but pleasant.
With a friend in Riverside County at work and not available to visit, I headed for Old Town Temecula, a place I’ve found off-putting in the past, due to the invariably high volume of traffic spilling onto the I-15 freeway.
The half-mile or so, of preserved and reconstructed buildings gives a trendy air to the historic ambiance of Old Town. It’s not Bisbee, or even Virginia City, but Temecula has charm in abundance. There is an abundance of wineries in the area, for those so inclined.
I am strictly a coffee/tea person, so my refreshment stop was at Press On, a crowded, happy shop, in the midst of Old Town’s Front Street. The shop is on the left side of the photo below.
Temecula’s history is shown in a mural, two frames of which are shown below.
Here are some other scenes of Old Town.
Temecula’s City Hall is quite impressive. The water in the front fountain is not frozen, despite its appearance. It didn’t get quite that cold today.
Humour, of course, helped people get along in the most rambunctious of times.
Thus invigorated, I headed towards San Diego, for a bit of reminiscence. On the way, I encountered a vehicle darting diagonally across I-215, between Temecula and Escondido. The driver managed to stop the vehicle and set it aright, on the grass shoulder of the highway, just shy of a very steep ravine. I hope to never see such a thing again, but who can say what frights await, in the days and years ahead?
In San Diego, I spent some time at Tuna Harbor, part of the city’s wondrous shoreline and a monument to the civilian fishermen who served as lookouts for the Coast Guard, keeping an eye out for Japanese naval forays, during World War II. Here, I had a nice,cheap seafood meal, at Marion’s, and caught these lovely sunset views.
It is a great evening, in a very homey city. I will head north, to Carlsbad, for a night’s rest. Then, will come a couple of visits with friends, in two very different parts of SoCal, tomorrow. Hopefully, the weather will hold up.