From Balboa to Old Town

Rumor had it there was a great breakfast joint about a quarter-mile up 5th Avenue, Hash House a Go-GoTwisted Farm Food, that served meals generous enough for two.  We’d seen it as we walked the half mile up to Huapango‘s several days earlier.  As I and Mr. T always love a good breakfast joint, we wandered on up the street Thursday morning to test the Hash House menu.

Once we’d ordered our meals – a task in itself as they options were quite interesting – we began noticing what others were eating and how LARGE the meals were!  As I took note of a waffle that was at least 12″ x 12″ and a pancake with at least a 12″ diameter, I was grateful I’d not ordered either of those.  However, our choices were still sufficiently large enough to take half back to our room and have for breakfast the next morning!  Worth a stop if you’re in the area.

After breakfast we wandered back over to Balboa Park to view the Desert garden and Botanical Building. The Desert Garden contains more than 1,300 plants, including succulents and drought-resistant plants from around the world, within its 2.5 acres. The peak blooming period is January through March; however, these plants are interesting at any time of year because of their unusual shapes. Thankfully, we discovered some lovely blooming going on in the cactus garden.

The view of the Botanical Building with the lily pond in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park. Built for the 1915-16 Exposition, along with the adjacent lily pond, the historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. The Botanical Building plantings include more than 2,100 permanent plants, featuring collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, other tropical plants, and palms. Unfortunately for us, we discovered the Botanical Building to be closed on Thursdays.  So, with sufficient time on our hands, we traveled up to Old Town San Diego.

They say Old Town San Diego is the birthplace of California, where the Europeans settled. If you enjoy reliving history, this is one of those points of interest to include on your list when visiting San Diego.  Old Town is a representation of what San Diego was in 1850, with over 17 historic points of interest, professional theatre, museums, artisans, galleries and shops, as well as live entertainment, mariachis, dancers, and period attire docents providing tours.

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