Sunday, March 02, 2008

Skating along the bay

A thick ceiling of clouds couldn't stop me Saturday from digging out my rollerblades, which hadn't seen action in more than two years.

The starting point (above pic) for my first-ever rollerblade outing in San Diego was along Harbor Island Drive. My two-mile, round-trip route (below) followed the wide sidewalk that winds through a series of small narrow park areas then turned south along the docks that line the western edge of Downtown.

This one of downtown's most recognizable landmarks, the County Administration Building.
I had to navigate around more pedestrians once I got near all of the vessels that line the docks. The giant cruise ship in the background is Holland America's Oosterdam, which sails regularly out of San Diego.
A group of kids got a lesson in tall mast sailboats.
A view up Broadway toward the center of Downtown.

This Soviet diesel-electric submarine is part of an impressive collection of vessels that makes up the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

These military monuments sit across from the retired carrier Midway, which is one of the city's more popular tourist attractions.
The bay stays busy with harbor cruise boats, like the one below, sail boats and the city's tuna cliper fleet.

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