Sunday, September 1, 2013

Coronado Island...Thank-you....

View from our hotel of the Coronado Bay Bridge
View from hotel of downtown San Diego
Terrace (loved the terrace) of our room with a view..
Big California skies, the Pacific on Coronado Beach
Mussels and fries @ Chez Loma
We parked in front of this historic bungalow everyday @ the beach...
Historic Hotel Del Coronado...125 years old!!
Sand castle sculpted in front of Hotel Del...w/ Jimmy!!
Where we did not stay (one of the Del's Villa's)...lol...pretty!!
Chandelier in lobby of Hotel Del!!
Sunrise...
...and sunset...
This is how our vacation started...we boarded the plane, excited that our vacation was finally upon us. I smiled @ the man sitting next to me in the window seat, Jimmy was on the aisle. Window man and I engaged in very small chit chat. I noticed his accent. As always, curious:

Me: Where are you from?
Him: (short, momentary hesitation) Iran.
Me: (still in conversational mode, not thinking the worst) So, why are you going to San Diego?
Him: My wife's mother died.
Me: Oh I am so sorry. Last year at this time, my Mother died. I know how you feel.
Him: Thank you.

He went on to explain to me about the Iranian community in San Diego, that he lives in Denver. I told him that we were going to San Diego to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, that it was a happy occasion, that I hoped his next trip would be a happy occasion. I offered him some almonds, he said no, and put his hand over his heart. I had my Chaim Potok novel in my lap, he watched cartoons for the rest of the trip. We landed w/out incident and said our good-byes.

We had a wonderful time on Coronado Island. We wanted to go to the beach and eat fish. Anything over and above that would be icing on the cake. Just being there, smelling the water, waking up w/ the sun, seeing the pristine cleanliness of the Island, pastel colored bicycles everywhere, children pedaling freely, shiny cars reflecting the palm trees on their well polished bodies, knowing we were very very close to Tijuana, dreaming about buying a condo or a time share for our next trip back to Coronado (stranger things have happened) all added to the depth of our visit to Coronado. The icing was thick.

We planned the trip so that it would be the few days before the 1st anniversary, or yahrzeit of Mom's passing. I said to Jimmy, this was either a really good idea, or a really bad one. As it turns out, it was a really good idea. The anticipation of how bad the day might be was erased by the whole adventure. My gratitude of being by the ocean, the long walks on the beach, all took away the sting of the day. Honestly, I was glad that the first year w/out Mom was behind us. So, here we are, back from sea level to 6000 feet in the air. A seamless transition, this time...looking forward to the continuing adventure....

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