San Diego, Old Town
Judy and Ray
Lynne and John
Alma and Hans
Darlena and Curt
We Saw: La Jolla Shores – Paradise Point
Liberty Station – Mt. Soledad – O’Gara La Jolla
Cabrillo Monument – Imperial Beach Pier
Seaport Village- Hotel Del & Much, Much More
near Sea Port village
FUN IN SAN DIEGO
The ever-changing group of COTV travelers, flexing with some cancellations and even some re-bookings, finally settled at 24 people and 12 cars on Friday, October 19th. The Webers brought along the XLRV, an almost-Corvette, because the low front end on the ZR-1 cannot deal with the streets of San Diego, so if you don’t recognize the black car, that is why. The eager travellers included Simon and Terry, Hans and Alma Boers, Harry and Sharon Finch, JR Knight and Nyla Finch (on their first ever COTV event), John and Fritzi McDermott, Ray and Judy McIntosh, Steve and Marsue Page, Randy and Angela Smith, Jim and Diane Sommars, Curt and Darlena Stevens, John and Lynne Vara, and Rob and Daryl Weber.
The whole weekend was conceived of and planned in great detail by Hans, the ultimate party planner. Since he and Alma had lived in San Diego for many years (his family moved there in 1959), he wanted to show everyone else all of his favorite places. Our base of operations was the Old Town area and many of us stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott while others stayed at the nearby La Quinta. Our first dinner was a very short walk up to San Diego Avenue for Mexican food and Margaritas at Cafe Coyote.
On Saturday morning we jammed all the cars in to a small cul-de-sac next to the Courtyard and split into 4 groups of 3 cars each for a day of sight-seeing. Each group had a lead car (Boers, McIntoshes, Stevens and Varas) and an itinerary to follow, with two route plans. Unfortunately, San Diego’s busy event schedule made some last minute changes to the routes as there were marathons in both Old Town and Balboa Park, which limited access. The beautiful weather also brought out larger crowds than anticipated and therefore heavier traffic in many of the points of interest. So each group adapted as needed. Hans and Alma had JR and Nyla in their group and made sure to hit all the high spots so that they would really enjoy their first excursion. The majority of us met for lunch at the Corvette Diner in Liberty Station which normally has plenty of parking and plenty of space inside, but had limited access this time. We did sit in the Corvette Clubhouse, sponsored and decorated with photos and memorabilia provided by the Corvette Owners Club of San Diego. Our waitress had definitely been hired for her “vibrant” personality and carrying voice, but the experience was exactly as advertised…a 50s diner with a live DJ, lots of noise, lots of food and malts and shakes. After lunch the groups swapped itineraries.
Most everyone got back to the hotels in time to relax, shower, change or whatever they chose to do before heading to dinner at Seasons 52 in Seaport Village. There we were surprised to see Al and Vickie Hackworth, accompanied by Chuck and Terry Isenberg who were on an RV trip from St Louis and were “camping” with the Hackworths in Chula Vista. It was great to see them again and the now 28 member group headed inside for a noisy and happy dinner in a private room. Hans had arranged both a dedicated parking area without the normal valet charge and the private room. Seasons 52 has a varied and constantly changing menu so there was something for everyone to try. After dinner, we reversed course back to the hotels.
Ten of the group headed home in the morning and 14 of us met at Coasterra on Harbor Island for lunch on Modern Mexican food overlooking the bay. The Webers, of course, found a car show in Seaport Village called “Cops and Rodders” to check out before lunch so there are some photos of that included.
As always, we send many, many thanks to Hans and Alma for all the planning on this trip and to the various group leaders who got us around San Diego without getting too lost. Hans, are you planning anything for 2019?