San Diego "Art Walk
by the Bay"
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Jessica informed us of an art walk that was being hosted right
on San Diego bay. The weather was nearly perfect, although
quite hot and sunny, so we decided to check it out. Having
just returned to town after a 6 month road trip, seeing your own
city was rather shocking, but in a good way. We almost
never go downtown and have not seen this area of the bay before
so it was a pleasant surprise.
The photos below
are what we saw.
Despite the heat and the
intense sun, we had a great time. This area of town has been
greatly improved since the last time I was here and we will surely
visit again soon. I saw no hookers or junkies, but I am sure
that they only come out at night, if at all.
I just bought a new camera and am still learning how to make it
do my bidding. I attempted a timed shot from my tripod,
but I did not get the auto-focus fully on the money. But,
technical quality of the photo notwithstanding, you can't argue
with the quality of the subject matter.
Kathleen found a parking area that had some kind of deal with
the Art Walk and it was a flat rate of $3 for the whole
day. We parked and headed out on foot. Just north of
the parking area for the downtown baseball park, AKA "Petco
Park" was some new construction in progress. I am not sure
what it is, but it does look interesting.
This vehicle caught my eye. I guess you can rent these,
but to be honest, I have not paid for a tour in my own home
town. Perhaps I should (once) so I can get the full scoop
on what they are telling the tourists. The fellow in the
photo above looks way to big for this car.
I am not much of a sports fan, but truth be told, I have been to
Petco Park. Once. It was interesting, but not that
interesting. The taxpayers paid for the structure
supposedly to allow the team to perform better. That did
not happen of course, but the same scam is being run again, but
this time for benefit of the local football team. It will
be interesting to see if the local voters swallow the bait
We had to cross an interesting pedestrian bridge to get from the
parking area to the bay front walk. The bridge gave us a
nice view of the trolley tracks and the San Diego convention
The bridge was cool, no doubt, but I am sure it was appallingly
The structural components were made from solid stainless steel.
Looking to the east from the bridge gave us a view of the
trolley yard and the rail yard that is part of the San Diego and
Imperial Valley line that services the Port of San Diego.
Each exhibitor at the art walk had a covered booth to display
their wares. Some were paintings, some sculptures, others
photographs and a few were jewelry.
Jessica and Kathleen check out some of the pieces offered for
Some of the works were actually quite nice. The top one is
of the Ocean Beach pier.
This colorful piece caught our eyes.
While we were browsing, a loud noise made us look up. I
believe that these WWII planes can be rented (with a pilot) for
It was sunny, hot and we needed something to eat so we went to
the outdoor grill at the Hilton. From our table, we could
see the Dole Ecuador unloading at the 10th Street
Lunch was mediocre. What was I thinking: eating at a
tourist hotel?? After lunch, we explored the area further
to the west. We saw these cool sculptures.
Many of the pieces displayed were quite colorful. These
were interesting, but not sufficiently interesting to cause me
to get my wallet out.
These were rather novel and had deep texture on the surface of
The painting above does not have white speckles on it; these are
reflections from the sun on the enamel paint. Try though I
might, I could not get them to go away with Lightroom (my photo
processing software). That is actually tragic as the photo
was quite nice.
From the art area we walked west toward Sea Port Village along
the boardwalk. We could see some huge (and expensive)
boats that were tied up at the Marriott Harbor.
A loud noise from the bay caused us to turn our heads.
There was a pumped-up speed boat going full-out across the
bay. In the photos above, homes over on Coronado Island
are visible with Point Loma also being visible on the distant
One straggler painting caught our eye.
Look at this garbage-scow. This fellow must be
loaded! The boat (sorry, ship) is from London and it is a
work of art.
While thinking about how rich that boat owner is, I realized
that I am rich as well. And what makes me rich are things
of the two-legged variety. Fully appreciating my wealth, I
had to take another photo of the assets. These assets
don't pay interest, but they are interesting.
The bow end of this fellows ship was just as impressive as the
Near the convention center, we spotted this nice sculpture.
The San Diego waterfront used to be a "no-go zone" complete with
hookers, junkies and gang-bangers. But the area has been
effectively cleaned up and now has many nice high-rise
I believe this is the Marriott Hotel.
We finally got to Sea Port Village and the girls found some
accessories for a nice photo.
There were some fantastically nice boats in the Marriott Harbor.
We had a nice view of the entrance to the southern portion of
San Diego bay and saw a commercial tug transporting a Navy tug
south into the lower portion of the bay.
Across at the naval station on Coronado Island, we saw
DDG-111. This is the USS Spruance a guided missile
destroyer and cost ONE BILLION DOLLARS to build. While a
very formidable machine, I question whether it is worth the
monies spent. Some defense contractor really, really
needs an audit. This ship hosts Tomahawk missiles, ASROC,
MK46 torpedoes and 2 SH-60 SeaHawk helicopters. The
Spruance went active in October, 2011.
This is the USS Maklin Island, AKA LHD-8. The Maklin
Island as an amphibious assault ship that hosts a squadron of
attack helicopters. This ship is conventionally powered
via gas turbines and therefore needs refueling for long
deployments. The Maklin Island went active in 2006.
This is the ship that performs the refueling while
underway. This is the USNS Yukon an "un-rep oiler" that
has the ability to resupply fleet ships while underway.
The Yukon was involved in a collision with the USS Essex in May
of 2012; the Essex was claimed to have steering problems due to
faulty maintenance. Hopefully, it was not a billion-dollar
ship as well.
This aircraft carrier is undergoing retrofitting and upgrades at
the naval station.
This white craft is actually a barracks barge that has bunks for
I am used to seeing all manner of freeloaders and panhandlers in
public places. I have seen dancers, face painters,
magicians, musicians, mimes; the whole gamut. But I have
never seen a fellow that stacks rocks for tips. His signs
clearly states that he expects a "donation" if you take a photo
of his "work". I passed on that opportunity and chose to
I was hoping for an unobstructed view of the Coronado Bay
bridge, but we ran out of land before we got a clear view.
The photo above is the best I could do. The bridge
connects the mainland to Coronado Island and greatly reduces
travel time versus the south entrance to the island.
Heading back to the parking lot required a substantial hike
along the bay front. We had to cross the bridge again to
reach our car. This view of the bridge shows that it is
really something quite different.
Jessica was nice enough to take a photo of us at the end of the
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