Segway Day!!! It was our anniversary and we had planned some adult activities, since this was our first time to San Diego without kids. So we began with brunch on the patio at Red Sails Inn Restaurant. It had been recommended to us by our California friends and did not disappoint us. The view of the harbor was spectacular and the weather was perfect! They serve breakfast until 2PM, which allowed George to order French Toast. I opted for the Crab Louie…superb! The salad was piled so high with crab that most people couldn’t finish it, but I managed! The leisurely brunch was the perfect start to our Anniversary Day.
We had many hours to kill before our 6PM Segway Tour, so we explored the Embarcadero area and then settled in at the Elephant & Castle Pub to watch the USA/Portugal World Cup soccer match. The atmosphere was electric with excitement since USA was ahead and we were thankful to get to stay to the end despite the fact that Portugal scored a goal in the last 30 seconds to tie the game. Fortunately, the USA would not be eliminated and we would be watching again on Thursday.
We walked a couple blocks and checked in for our Segway Tour, which I had purchased through Groupon at half price. As the time approached I began to feel the nervousness build. George had done this before in Lake Havasu, but I was a novice. We watched the training video showing all the things that COULD happen and signed the obligatory waivers. By the time our tour guide introduced us to our mode of transportation for the next two hours, I was feeling very wary. However, he was very patient and in 10 or 15 minutes I was circling trees, doing figure 8’s and reversing direction….albeit very, very slowly. It was now tine to learn to do an emergency stop! The instructor set up a row of orange cones, which I promptly mowed down several tines. Finally, I got the hang of it and we were on our way! During the first hour, I was concentrating so hard that I missed most of what the tour guide was telling us. But we covered a lot of territory! We passed the USS Midway, the statue of The Kiss, maneuvered through parks, past the convention center and to Gaslamp Quarter. We were both very grateful for the break after an hour, which allowed us to put on jackets and rest our feet. The second hour was much better and I could now keep up, cross railroad tracks and even pay attention to the tour! Unfortunately the tour guide was more interested in talking about his drunken escapades of sneaking into hotels, climbing monuments, etc. Considering his youth and dreadlocks, I guess this was to be expected. He didn’t seem to know much about the history of the area, but we had a blast! This should definitely be a MUST on everyone’s list.
We were both very hungry when we finished and stopped by Pizza Nova on the way back for pizza and wine. It was a great day and a great way to celebrate our 30 years together!