San Diego RV Resort, La Mesa, CA

I'm back. La Mesa RV Park's weather and pool have kept me here quite a while, but I'm feeling more like a trailer person that an RVer, so I'm off January 11 to pick up my adventures. Santa Barbara County is my first planned stop. Then I'll probably work my way up the coast to Big Sur, Monterey, and maybe over to Yosemite. I'm not going to plan too much.

As far as my Coaching business, I'll be mostly web-based and contacted by phone. Business is not quite the right term since I stopped charging after a week. It made me feel too much like a hot dog vendor. I'm happiest being philanthropic.

I put a new set of Dunlops on the RV for the trip and fine-tuned my storage. That white stuff around the tire is Comet cleanser. Ants don't like to cross it, so that's how I keep the ants out. San Diego is famous for their ant population.

I also took the easy way out to put my website name on the Can-Am.


San Diego Maritime Museum was one thing I did not get to so I did that today. It was like a sunny spring day out. I could have worn a tee-shirt. The museum is not a building, but a series of eight vessels that you board.

I first boarded their Soviet Attack Submarine. This has got to be the ultimate hardware nightmare. This 1974 submarine served for 20+ years, with a crew of 78, tracking US and Nato warships through the world’s oceans, carrying 24 torpedoes and nuclear warheads. The San Diego Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center is just around the corner, so having it close by must be a feather in their cap.

Those are torpedoes. That one outside is at my shoulder height. 24 torpedoes and nuclear warheads.

Perfect fit. Boy, I'll bet the Soviets never thought their technology would come to this.

The bathroom is significantly larger than the one in my RV. I think I got some storage ideas for my place. Every inch of this place has the ugliest hardware imaginable.
How do you keep something like this clean if the guys miss their aim? Yikes.

Then there is the USS Dolphin. It is the deepest diving submarine in the world. It was the last diesel-electric sub before nuclear.

It is nicer inside than the Soviet.

Then there is the Berkeley – the finest example of a Victorian steam ferry. It came from the San Francisco Bay. It carried thousands of survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to safety. It is massive and packed with exhibits. You could spend all day there.

I stood in between the huge steam boilers down below. If these were running I would have been scorched.

One of the endless exhibit cases. Imagine trying to dock this sucker.

This is a smoking lounge. Tassels and embroidery – my kind of style!

This guy was walking around explaining the exhibits in his costume. He is also NS6OI – a ham radio operator. Almost all the ships here have ham radios on them since they have the Museum Amateur Radio Club. Yes, he is holding a musket in the other hand. What a ham :)

My favorite is the HMS Surprise.

It was used to film the movie Master and Commander.

Afternoon tea.

Real Pirates of the Caribbean stuff. Really – actually used in the Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. They have a bunch of flat screen monitors inside playing various movies like Mutiny On The Bounty and Moby Dick.

Last, The Star of India.

This is a 1863 immigrant ship and commercial vessel which made 21 trips around the world. It is the oldest ship in the world that still maintains a regular sailing schedule.

A lot of woodwork. Those strips on the table keep the dishes form sliding to the floor.

The Star of India is reputed to be haunted, as it had its share of deaths and births on voyages that lasted up to 143 days. Cabins were tiny and cramped without any type of air or ventilation.

I recommend the movie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. It's a fast-paced adventure with comic touches. I got a laugh when Holmes disguised himself as an upholstered chair.



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