BC: DEPARTED | CALIFORNIA | 1 JAN 2012
FC: San Diego | 2 0 1 1
1: SAN DIEGO | CALIFORNIA | ARRIVED 31 DEC 2011 | is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest city in California. The city is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, immediately adjacent to the Mexican border.
2: I can't believe it!! We are finally in Cali! Michael took me on a motorcycle ride through the hilly countryside. An enjoyable and relaxing journey that led us through a little town called St. Julian. A very old time feel and somewhat whimsical, but the best home made pie you will ever eat!
4: MCAS BARRACKS Today more than 12,200 Marines, Sailors and civilians call Miramar home. Welcome aboard!
6: MCAS MIRAMAR Marine Corps Air Station, formerly Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar is a United States Marine Corps installation that is home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is the aviation element of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
8: MCAS BASE | The airfield is named Mitscher Field after Admiral M.A. Mitscher who was the commander of Task Force 58 during World War II. The air station is the former location Pacific Fleet fighter and Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft (F-4 Phantom II, F-14 Tomcat, E-2 Hawkeye) and is best known as the former location of the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (NFWS), its TOPGUN training program and the movie of the same name. In 1996, NFWS was relocated to Naval Air Station Fallon in western Nevada and merged into the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC). During the heyday of TOPGUN at NAS Miramar, the station was nicknamed "Fightertown USA".
10: Piatti-La Jolla | LA JOLLA
11: LA JOLLA, CA Piatti Ristorante is La Jolla’s favorite neighborhood Italian trattoria. Our rustic, flavorful cuisine, extensive wine list and welcoming atmosphere make Piatti the perfect gathering place for friends and family
13: Our trip has been amazing!! Was very thankful for getting to see and experience what we did in the small time allotted. Minus the three hour delay for fog no less, and only getting to spend one day there thanks to Michael definitely saw an important few key points of San Diego. The food is amazing and the views were relaxing. There is so much more to see and do. Hope to go back!
14: ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east – from the Redwood–Douglas-fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley), and has the 3rd longest coastline of all states (after Alaska and Florida). Earthquakes are a common occurrence due to the state's location along the Pacific Ring of Fire: about 37,000 are recorded annually. | CALIFORNIA
16: AIR TIMES represent a lot of hours in the air plane. Although it was 80% of what we did on this trip I definitely enjoyed he immaculate views from the window.