Here’s the BIG Picture… Continued

Planning Your Southern California Vacation

Let’s Talk San Diego

San Diego and Tijuana Aerial view
Aerial view of San Diego and Tijuana

Despite its smaller area, it is safe to suggest that many people consider San Diego attractions to be the best in Southern California, especially when it comes to summer travel plans (although it’s a great destination year ’round).

Roughly 90 minutes south of Orange County, San Diego is a beautiful and historical locale, with much of the geography within close proximity of the ocean.

Flying into San Diego’s Lindbergh Field is interesting, because of the buildings and harbor that surround the airport. But as you land you get a glimpse of the U.S. Navy fleet, Coronado Island, Mission Bay (home of Sea World) and the widely diverse urban and suburban development throughout this regions of over two million residents.

Look to the south as you land in San Diego and you can see Tijuana, Mexico. (This kind of “rubbernecking” is easier if there are no other passengers in your row– on both sides of the aisle).

There is a lot of back-and-forth traffic between San Diego and the L.A. basin, but the trip is not as quick as between Los Angeles and Orange County. So you do need to think about travel times if your summer travel plans call for visits to San Diego attractions or resorts. Southern California is a big place. We’ll be talking a lot more about San Diego in the near future so please stay tuned.

Mutually Symbiotic Relationships

Remember from sixth-grade science class, where Mr. Hacker explained how certain animals live closely with critters of another species because they help each other? The best example that comes to mind is the little bird that cleans the teeth of the hippopotamus; the bird gets dinner and the hippo avoids gingivitis. How does this relate to your summer travel plans?

Well, the lack of a professional football team in the L.A. Metro area has brought its football fans a little closer emotionally to San Diego, home of the Chargers. It is common for fans (including the Guru’s brother-in-law) to drive the 3-hour round trip down to San Diego for a Sunday game. (If you are here in the Fall, a Chargers game might be one San Diego attraction to put on your schedule.)

However, L.A. does have plenty of high-profile college sports not so prevalent in San Diego (notice I did not say S.D. college sports are not high-quality, just not high-profile). The USC/UCLA rivalry is real, although with so many alumni in the area, they have come to coexist in peace most of the time.

There are even legends where one spouse is a UCLA fan and the other a USC alumni, and the resulting offspring grow up to live normal, productive lives. (UCLA is more humble during football season, but comes alive for March Madness on the court. Vice versa for SC. If USC were to play the University of South Carolina it would be USC vs. USC, but we digress…)

But there are many USC and UCLA fans in San Diego county; some of them drive up for college football games in the fall, no-doubt passing on the freeways Orange County Chargers fans who go south for the pro game on Sunday. Do you see any connection between this and the bird/hippo thing?