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A Sailboat in San Diego Bay

I’ve always loved San Diego. My parents lived in Mission Beach before I was born. They came to Phoenix for what they thought would be a two-year stay. However, life doesn’t always go as planned. They never left Arizona, although it never stopped us visiting San Diego later on. Those trips were some of my happiest childhood memories.  

My grandparents lived in the nearly town of LaMesa. They had a wonderful old house at the foot of Mt. Helix. We’d always hike up the mountain. The scenery was beautiful, and we’d sometimes run into other hikers. However, I don’t recall making it all the way to the top. I was pretty young back then, but I think my older siblings may have made it. No doubt the view was spectacular. We also spent time on the beach. Growing up in the desert, I couldn’t get enough of the ocean.

My grandparents moved to Arizona when I was a teenager, and many years would pass before I returned to San Diego. I was living in Tucson in th 2010s, and I started gong back with friends. It was wonderful seeing the beach again. The town was much bigger, although some of the older neighborhoods, and the “tourist traps” were much the same. One noticeable change was the Coronado Bridge.  When I was a kid, we had to take the ferry if we wanted to go to Coronado. It was quite fun, and it’s one of the highlights I miss.

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Gayle Martin

 

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