The challenge: Finding a spot to spend part of Saturday afternoon reading the newspaper, sipping a drink, eating a bite and enjoying a view of the water that wasn't too windy or cool.
The answer: The 40th floor bar at the top of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.
Back on the ground we walked through nearby Seaport Village, a Disneyesque waterside tourist spot, where we watched this unusual ship steer through the bay.
The 656-foot-long Capricornus Leader is a car carrier capable of transporting 6,500 standard autos or 5,300 luxury vehicles in its 12-deck hold. The ship sails for Japan's Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.