Balboa Park

Today’s excursion was to Balboa Park in the heart of San Diego.  As we pulled into the parking lot the very first thing we saw was the Oscar Mayer Wieniemobile that we had seen in El Cajon a few days ago.  There was no sign of the drivers.  I don’t think this was an official stop, but rather the drivers that brought it to town might be just enjoying the park.  People were gathered around it anyway, taking pictures of themselves standing by it.

The Wieniemobile again

The Wieniemobile 

San Diego has a Car2Go electric car rental program.  We saw two of these electric cars plugged in and charging under solar panels.  The panels also provide shade for several parking spaces.  Good for San Diego!


Car2Go  Receiving a Solar Charge

Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban cultural park.  Within it are 15 museums, gardens, performing arts venues, and also includes the San Diego Zoo.  The beautiful Spanish-Renaissance style buildings were constructed for the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal in addition to the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition.  We were here last year and just had to see it again.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

The Museum of National History was including an exhibit on Chocolate:

mmmm Chocolate!

mmmm Chocolate!

Roots overgrowing the Wall

Roots over growing the Wall

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Spanish Village Art Center

Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park

A Really Big Fig Tree

A Really Big Beautiful Fig Tree

  • Gasoline expense: none
  • Camping expense: paid yesterday
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