Monday, June 21, 2010

My Town Monday: Coronado Beach, CA

Coronado Beach at sunset in June (taken with my Blackberry last week)

Welcome to another My Town Monday!

This is the last week of school for my high schooler, my middle grader and my fourth grader.

Which means....Hello Summer Vacation!

And in San Diego, this means Hello Beaches! Because we have, uh, SEVENTY MILES OF BEACHES!

The Travel Channel calls Coronado one of America's best beaches.

A couple of times a week, Child #4 and I drive Child #3 to long-course swim practice at Coronado High School. Given the length of the practice and the distance this school is from our home, Child #4 and I ARE FORCED to spend the evening on Coronado. We generally wander down to the beach with a picnic dinner.

The first thing Child #4 does is slip off her flip-flops. The sand in the evening is pretty cold, and there's often a breeze. (taken with my blackberry)

Last week, we found this treasure! Look at the size of this sandcastle. (taken with my blackberry)

Here's Child #4 climbing on the breakwater. There was originally a scene on this very breakwater in I SO DON'T DO MYSTERIES, but it got cut.

Eventually, Child #4 and I hit Spreckels, the candy store located under the Hotel del Coronado. A scene in this candy store was added to I SO DON'T DO MYSTERIES.


Travis Erwin of One Word, One Rung, One Day: posts from Amarillo, TX about, uh, meat.

Gabe of Gabe's Meanderings: posts from Winnipeg, Manitoba about the Harte Trail. Welcome to MTM, Gabe!

J. Winter of Edged in Blue: posts about how to take a honeymoon in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

Debra of From Skilled Hands: posts from Peninsula, Ohio about Mr. Lincoln's visit to her town.

Patti Abbott of Pattinase: posts from Detroit, Michigan about her town's Passport to the Arts.

This week, I'm the hostess with the mostest for My Town Monday. So, if you've put up a MTM post, let me know in the comments section here or on the on the official My Town Monday blog. (Thanks Clair!) I'll link to you here and on the MTM blog. Thanks also to Travis Erwin for getting the whole My Town Monday ball rolling. Happy Monday!


Travis Erwin said...

I have mine up.

Gabriele Goldstone said...

i love beaches and that one sure has atmosphere! Neat to know where you get your inspiration, Barrie.

I've also posted a my town monday post-
hope you find in interesting.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Isn't it amazing how good the cameras in phones have become! I love mine and use it all the time for blog posts. You made me feel like I was right there in Coronado, and that's a mighty fine place to be. Love that sandcastle.

Barrie said...

Travis: I got your link both places. Interesting post!

Gabe: We're so happy to have you join us for My Town Monday. I loved reading about the Harte Trail. Without the mosquitoes!

Tricia: I can't get over how good my phone camera is! And you're so right; it makes taking photos for blog posts much easiers. Snap, email, download, post. ;)

debra said...

Love the beach---that means sunshine, which, although we have it today, is a rare commodity in my neck of the woods.
My post is up.

laughingwolf said...

beautiful, no question... we have equally great sites all over our shorelines, as you know :)

fredamans said...

Wonderful adventure! That beach scene warmed my heart, it's that beautiful.

Barrie said...

Debra: I linked to you. Great post, BTW, about the traveling Lincoln exhibit.

Laughing Wolf: I would certainly love to more about Halifax and Nova Scotia. Especially on Mondays. Hint, hint!!!

Fredamans: Thanks for stopping by. Yes, there is something about the beach... ;)

Laura Lynn said...

I love Coronado beach and the old Hotel Del! That was one of my all time fave vacations!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I was there a few years ago and just loved it. Hope to see it in January again.

Barrie said...

Laura Lynn: did you actually stay at the Del? If yes, I'm soooo jealous!

Patti: There is SO MUCH for you to do while you're here! You'll have a blast. :)

lyzzydee said...

I must get bback into MTM!! I love the beach!!

Barrie said...

Yes, Lyzzydee, please, please, get back into MTM! :) I coud nag you if you think it'd help. ;)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What a gorgeous spot! And that's some sand castle.

Teresa said...

Great post, Barrie. I liked the info on I So Don't Do Mysteries. Will you put out a special edition with the "outtakes scenes"? Like they do with DVDs? That could be pretty cool.

Clare2e said...

I attended a winter wedding at the Del several years ago. My husband and I were sick as dogs for days, trying to hide our plague so as not to bum or infect the happy couple. And despite all that, I still remember how extremely beautiful it was, and that's a stand-out destination. As soon as I saw the candy shop, I lit up!

Cloudia said...

Aloha from sister beach Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Barbara Martin said...

Ah, the beach where I could squish wet sand between my toes. That would be lovely.

Yes, Barrie, I'm soon to return to MTM once I get a couple of history posts completed.

Barrie said...

Barbara: YAY!!!I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Love the flip flops!

Keri Mikulski said...

What a gorgeous beach. Thanks for the tour. :)

Barrie said...

Green Girl: I know. The sand castle was wild. I didn't even capture that much of the detail with my photo.

Teresa: I never thought of doing that! So, maybe. I did have this one paragraph in Mysteries that I LOVED, and it got cut.I wonder if I could find it again in one of the earlier versions?

Claire2E: I've never been to a wedding at the Del. Although I have been to a company Christmas party there. Amazing!!

Cloudia: You post some beautiful beach shots!

Barrie said...

Kathy: That girl has the best shoes!

Keri: You are most welcome. How about a tour of the Jersey shore in return? :)

Alyssa Goodnight said...

What a fun ritual for you two! I remember that candy store from ISDDM!

Suzanne said...

Oh I remember going to swim practice in Fort Lauderdale...only a block from the beach. My father finally became a line judge, just so he'd have something to do while I was swimming.