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We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Balboa Park Museums

25 November 2014

Today we went to Balboa Park in order to visit several museums forgetting that it school break week due to Thanksgiving so the museums were very crowded. Seems when I was in school that we only got Thursday and Friday off. We bought the 1 day 5 museum pass for $42/ea. We opted for the Air and Space,Automotive,Friendship Garden,History and my favorite the Model Railroad Museum.
Took over 100 pictures and it is hard to decide which to put on blog.

Balboa Park covers 1200 acres and features museums,gardens,theaters,zoo,greenbelts. It was home to the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. During the World Wars, the park was handed over to the Navy to be used as barracks and a training ground handling over 5,000 troops.

Our first museum visit was the San Diego Air and Space Museum featuring historic aircraft and spacecraft with hands on exhibits.

Apollo 9 Module

34F Firebee II

Mail Plane

Brings Back Memories

Next we stopped at the Japanese Friendship Garden which originated as a teahouse during the 1915 Exposition and featuring a Zen Garden, Exhibit House, Koi Pond, Ceremonial Gate and small cafe where we had lunch.
Poi Pond

Poi Look Hungary

Tea House

Exhibit House

Ceremonial Gate

View From Above

Did not take any photos in the History Museum which features exhibits on how the military shaped San Diego beginning in 1774, the history of San Diego from the Kumeyaay culture to the present, and for the kids and exhibit on Dr Seuss featuring hands on activities,character sculptures and illustrations.

The model railroad museum, my favorite was unbelievable. The displays showed devotion,caring and much expense in assembling the many exhibits. I have always had a nostalgia for trains since my first ride from Louisville to Nashville when I was 5 in 1946.Don, if you haven't seen this..put on your list if in San Diego. Wish my photos were better, but taking through plexiglass causes distortion.
Brochure on Model Railroad Layout

Carriso Gorge

 Our last stop was the Automotive Museum featuring a unique collection of automobiles, motorcycles and temporary exhibit on Lead Sleds.The most fascinating exhibit is the Louie Mattar $75,000 touring vehicle. Would like to see that in operation. It held the world's non stop endurance record of 6320 miles across the USA and a non stop tour from Anchorage to Mexico City of 7482 miles.
Read the info signage. John stood beside a 1961 Austin Healy Sprite just like his first new car.

Phone,Tape Deck etc

Underneath Ironing board is sink

1961 Austin Healy Sprite
Lead Sled Cars

Later in the afternoon we went back to the Air Station Beach in search of more sand dollars. A mother and daughter were also looking, but not having much luck so asked them to join me. I was able to find around a dozen so decided  to give them to the little girl. She was thrilled. Think so far I have found around 3 dozen on this beach.

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