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Posted: 2/4/2006 12:15:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 12:25:50 PM EDT by NavyDoc1]
Well, I'm stuck here in Camp Pendleton for work-ups for my deployment with the 1st MarDiv. Looks like I'll have some down time this week and I'm sure I'll get bored with the base activities.
What cool things to do in the SanDiego area?

Link Posted: 2/4/2006 12:15:47 PM EDT
San Diego Zoo
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 12:17:20 PM EDT
get on a deep sea fishing boat, some rent tackle, lots of fun.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 12:17:35 PM EDT
Pack up and get the hell out.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 12:17:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 12:19:05 PM EDT by mattja]
Gaslamp Quarter

Map

I recall there being some cool places to have a beer there.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 12:19:35 PM EDT
Point loma, Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Tijuana, Waterfront.

You can take the rail or bus pretty much everywhere with the same ticket.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 12:57:14 PM EDT
Black's beach for the nudists (Don't tell Mom!)

La Jolla beach cliffs for the incredible view

Ocean Beach for the craaaaazy people.

MCRD for lots of salutes

San Diego Zoo

Seaport Village

Horton Plaza

Horse racing at Del Mar if its in season

Old Town for food and drink. The finest Mexican restaurant in six states is there. Can't remember the name...sorry..but the food is incredible. Get their early...it's a long wait. The place is on the corner in the middle of Old Town.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 12:59:09 PM EDT
Sea World.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 12:59:56 PM EDT
Take a ride up to LA.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 1:07:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BOBK48:
Take a ride up to LA.



There is a train that goes about 30 miles up the coast and turns around. I beleive it's fairly cheap to ride also.

Seaport Village and the U.S.S. Midway are within walking distance.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 1:08:00 PM EDT
I head the zoo there is amazing and would be on my list of gotta do if the wife ever drags me to Kalifornia

BTH out
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 1:09:00 PM EDT
Definately the zoo.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 1:11:02 PM EDT
Looks like you should change into the woodland MARPAT
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 1:13:10 PM EDT
Gaslamp

Lot of folks talk about Pacific Beach.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 1:58:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mcantu:
Looks like you should change into the woodland MARPAT



Sorry, desert digi's are the uniform o' the day!
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 2:04:29 PM EDT
+1 for Gaslamp

There was a moose place I remember...barely

Man, Pendleton looks more green than I remember.

Semper Gumby!
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 2:08:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:
+1 for Gaslamp

There was a moose place I remember...barely

Man, Pendleton looks more green than I remember.

Semper Gumby!



They had rain in the last month...so the place has a touch of color!
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 2:15:36 PM EDT
Hey navy doc, thanks for the post and your service.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 2:17:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 2:18:07 PM EDT by Blue_Dragon]
Make shure to check out "The Brass Rail" while in San Diego.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 2:23:33 PM EDT
IBTH & B
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 2:28:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 2:28:59 PM EDT by ArmyAirborne]
Lay on the beach and drink Coronas during the day (if it's nice enough) and hit the Gaslamp Quarter at night.

Got sent out to La Jolla TDY for a week as a medical escort for a guy having an ankle replacement done. Apparently the best bone replacement surgeon in the country works out there; anyway got to stay in the Marriot and had a nice large per diem. My duties consisted of riding the plane out there, dropping the guy off at the hospital, picking him up at the end of a week, taking him to the airport, and riding the plane back. The time in between was left up to me to fill.

Round trip airfare to San Diego $692
Room at the Marriott for a week $1700
Per diem for a week $1200

My official duties consisting of sleeping until noon and laying on the beach all day for a week, all on the gov's dime.

Priceless.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 2:32:24 PM EDT
I'm heading to San Diego for work tomorrow...
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 3:26:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 3:27:24 PM EDT by warlord]
Lion Country Safari is nice place if you've never been there.

There is also a nice science museum near downtown San Diego.

I've ridden the Amtrck train from Los Angeles Union Station to S.D., it's like a 3hour trip, because the train stopped something like 6 or 7 times. The traffic both ways near north S.D. and and south Orange County border is really congested if you're planning to drive to L.A.

Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm maybe 45-60 minutes away if you're driving. Admission to Disneyland is $65. Call the parks for info on operating hours because they are on winter hours which is usually from 8a-5p.

EditedToAdd: BTW doc, I got these aches and pains..........
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:12:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ArmyAirborne:
Lay on the beach and drink Coronas during the day (if it's nice enough) and hit the Gaslamp Quarter at night.

Got sent out to La Jolla TDY for a week as a medical escort for a guy having an ankle replacement done. Apparently the best bone replacement surgeon in the country works out there; anyway got to stay in the Marriot and had a nice large per diem. My duties consisted of riding the plane out there, dropping the guy off at the hospital, picking him up at the end of a week, taking him to the airport, and riding the plane back. The time in between was left up to me to fill.

Round trip airfare to San Diego $692
Room at the Marriott for a week $1700
Per diem for a week $1200

My official duties consisting of sleeping until noon and laying on the beach all day for a week, all on the gov's
Priceless.



EVIL!!!! I'm paying out of pocket for the privilege of being deployed!
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:13:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By warlord:
Lion Country Safari is nice place if you've never been there.

There is also a nice science museum near downtown San Diego.

I've ridden the Amtrck train from Los Angeles Union Station to S.D., it's like a 3hour trip, because the train stopped something like 6 or 7 times. The traffic both ways near north S.D. and and south Orange County border is really congested if you're planning to drive to L.A.

Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm maybe 45-60 minutes away if you're driving. Admission to Disneyland is $65. Call the parks for info on operating hours because they are on winter hours which is usually from 8a-5p.

EditedToAdd: BTW doc, I got these aches and pains..........



I don't do Vicodin, but if you'll hold still for an epidural steroid injection to the spine......
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:23:11 PM EDT
Wild Animal Park is neat to see.

Gaslamp quarter - Dicks Last Resort is/was a fun place, haven't been in it since 1998

Ocean and Pacific Beaches are cool, especially at night if the water is all phosphorescent.

Hot strippers in SD if you are so inclined. Cheetahs!
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:29:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HBAR16:
Wild Animal Park is neat to see.

Gaslamp quarter - Dicks Last Resort is/was a fun place, haven't been in it since 1998

Ocean and Pacific Beaches are cool, especially at night if the water is all phosphorescent.

Hot strippers in SD if you are so inclined. Cheetahs!



I've always been a fan of feminine pulchritude, but isn't Cali topless only?
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:30:44 PM EDT
Woohoo, $50 per diem rate.

Hit the gas lamp district.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:39:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CAR-10:
Woohoo, $50 per diem rate.

Hit the gas lamp district.



Willdo.
Myself and the boss, (an O-5 vascular surgeon) will hit the gaslamp district for the superbowl and then start invesigating the other suggestions. Thanks for the input.
I spoke on the phone to my 5 year old today and she told me to wear all my camoflague so that the "bad men don't get you."
Man, I miss that kid...
and it's only been 2 weeks.

Link Posted: 2/4/2006 9:42:34 PM EDT
I went onto the Navy base with a friend of mine. We were in BDUs. Went up to the ship sentries, asked if we could look around the ship. The OOD would detail some ensign or some such to show us around. We ended up in the crawlspaces of a Tico, and a more 'generic' tour of an Arleigh Burke, amongst others.

NTM
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 12:27:34 AM EDT
With a name like that head on over to Balboa Naval Hospital and pick up on the chicks.

The Midway Museum.
San Diego Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park
MCAS Miramar Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
The Confederate Air Force, Air Group One, San Diego Museum

If you have the time head on out the 15...
March ARB Museum
Chino, Planes of Fame, Yanks
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 12:42:14 AM EDT
Be sure to check out Hillcrest.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 12:54:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Manic_Moran:
I went onto the Navy base with a friend of mine. We were in BDUs. Went up to the ship sentries, asked if we could look around the ship. The OOD would detail some ensign or some such to show us around. We ended up in the crawlspaces of a Tico, and a more 'generic' tour of an Arleigh Burke, amongst others.

NTM



where you that bored in sad diego?? i was at one time and did the same thing, ended up in bowels of cruiser checking out the turbines.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 12:57:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By greener556:
Point loma, Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Tijuana, Waterfront.

You can take the rail or bus pretty much everywhere with the same ticket.



not really, and arnt service men have to be back across the border before dark? i dont remember
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 1:14:57 AM EDT
You could try burning it to the ground... That's my plan for anything involving California...

Link Posted: 2/5/2006 2:15:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/5/2006 2:16:52 AM EDT by PaDanby]
Lion Country Safari has been gone for close to 20 years now. However the San Diego Wild Animal Paark is about 10 miles east of you on 78 and well worth visiting.

The greenery you see is iceplant and a few scrub trees, Pendleton is going to go back to all brown in a few days if they don't get anymore rain.

As of yesterday, they had at least 1 XD45 at the Exchange. (If it had been a 5" version. It might have been taken out of circulation in a manner of speaking, and I'm a died in the wool 1911 fan.)

Old Town Mexican Cafe is one of the best places in Old Town. Carnitas are fantastic. They don't have the bubbling fermenting salsa at the tables anymore. I had the ribs and rotisserie chicken special last night. Gonna go back for more. Cantina or cafe food. Casa de Bandini is fancier food but damn good. Casa De Pico was tourist crud, ok but not terribly realistic

Definitely go to Balboa Park. Several of the Museums are very good including the Model Railroad Museum, probably the finest in the country, the Air Museum is pretty good, I don't know if the timing is right but seeing a Shakespeare play at either the Old Globe or outdoor stages is a lot of fun.

4 wheeling back into the Anza-Borrego is fun.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 7:56:49 AM EDT
NavyDoc: I hope you will keep us posted on your deployment and send us your APO address.

I would also consider a trip up to Disneyland. I think they have a military discount.

GunLvr
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 7:59:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/5/2006 8:01:24 AM EDT by Rocketman]
Watch the hangliders and paragliders fly over Blacks Beach at Torry Pines

Check out the outdoor concert schedule at Humpfries........
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:10:40 AM EDT
No offence to Warlord, but I would hit SeaWorld long before trekking to LA to visit Disenyworld. SeaWorld was $50.00 for an all-day pass but if you visit every attraction, it will take most of the day. Becasue SeaWorld is owned by Anheiser-Busch, the food inside the park is reasonably priced and decent quality, IMO. I got more soaked during the dolphin show than the killer whale show. It's advertised as being the other way around.

And +1 to what the other posters have already mentioned.

Trey
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:26:07 AM EDT
Torrey Pines is one of the best places in the world for 'slope sailing' planes, rc planes and parachutes.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:29:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MurdockTheCrazy:
You could try burning it to the ground... That's my plan for anything involving California...

hr



Some say a comet will fall from the sky.
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves.
Followed by faultlines that cannot sit still.
Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipshits.
And some say the end is near.
Some say we'll see armageddon soon.
Certainly hope we will...
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:30:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By warlord:
Lion Country Safari is nice place if you've never been there.



Too bad it's been closed since 1984 in California....
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 9:11:04 AM EDT
Hotel del Coronado

Old town

San Diego zoo

Sea world

Tiajuana

Cheetahs

The body shop
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 9:26:56 AM EDT
twodeucetrey:Welcome!
None taken, remember he got a few days to spend, might as well keep your options open.

Sorry folks, I got Lion Country Safari and San Diego Wild Animal Park mixed up. San Diego Wild Animal Park is runned by the same organization that run the SD Zoo. The weather here in So. Calif is extremely nice for winter time. Temps are in the high 60s to low 70s and its sunny.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 11:45:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GunLvrPHD:
NavyDoc: I hope you will keep us posted on your deployment and send us your APO address.

I would also consider a trip up to Disneyland. I think they have a military discount.

GunLvr



The military discount (free in uniform,) went away a long time ago at Disneyland. You can get Military Discount tickets at the MWR outlets, I don't think you can at the park itself. But rumor has it some of the guys working the tollbooths will at least comp you free parking.

It's too late now, but it looks like everybody in southern California had the same idea, "Hey everybody will be watching the game. Let's go to Disneyland." Go on a Friday if you can, the fireworks shows are weekends only right now, and it is a great show.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 11:55:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NavyDoc1:
Well, I'm stuck here in Camp Pendleton for work-ups for my deployment with the 1st MarDiv. Looks like I'll have some down time this week and I'm sure I'll get bored with the base activities.
What cool things to do in the SanDiego area?

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Whoa! I actually shuddered when I looked at the picture. I can vividly recall the smell of Camp Pendleton. Fuck I hated that place! It's no place for an Airwinger.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 12:07:24 AM EDT
Go to TJ, i.e. Mexico and then return to the US. You'll know why you wear that [badass] uniform, and all those south want to head north.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 2:08:26 AM EDT
Wave at the truck drivers at the rest areas as you pass them by while manning your Mk19 in your HMMWV.

Seriously, the dirt Hummer path passes not 20yds away from the fences.
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