Train Trip Part 5: The San Diego Area

07 Nov

I met my friend Joel downtown for some sightseeing at the San Diego Maritime Museum.

We started in the old steam powered ferry, the Berkeley, which you can see in the background in the photo below. Then we toured the USS Dolphin, a submarine that holds the record for the deepest depth (which is classified).  And to compare, we crossed the dock to the Soviet B-39 Submarine.


Soviet B-39 submarine at the San Diego Maritime Museum.



Inside the torpedo room



This is where the sub's speed, depth and direction was controlled.


Next we toured the HMS Surprise, which is a replica of the 18th century Royal Navy frigate, Rose.  It was used in the movie Master and Commander:  The Far Side of the World.


Cannon on the HMS Surprise.

Next we toured the Star of India, which is the oldest active sailing ship, built in 1863. Clicking on the link will show what it looks like under full sail.

Looking off the bow of the Star of India.


Then we headed up the coast to the Birch Aquarium.


Jellyfish. Why don't those tentacles get tangled?



More Jellyfish


The maniacal smiling eel.


Fish lips


I loved this tank due to its size


Fish like this remind me of the movie Tron.





Dr. Seuss character


Scripps Pier


A couple of days later, a walk on the beach near Oceanside, CA.




After 5 days of visiting family, I caught the Pacific Surfliner up the coast to LA to get on the Southwest Chief.




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  1. Liz

    November 9, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Love the Aquarium pics!

    That looks like our cruise ship in one of your pics, certainly the same line.

    We plan to return to San Diego, I liked what we saw of it.

    • randyg

      November 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

      The cruise ship does look very similar. The ship in my photo is painted white where the round port windows are above the waterline. Looking at your post, your ship was painted blue in that same area.

      • Liz

        November 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

        Sam made the same observation re the portholes last night when I was showing him some of your photographs.

        He also enjoyed them.:))

  2. Rob

    November 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I might be wrong, but your Dr. Seuss character looks like something I saw in a documentary taking place in the Great Barrier Reef, and the creature was called a sea dragon.

    • randyg

      November 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      You are not wrong. It is a sea dragon. 🙂 But they are a bit fragile to be very ferocious.