Momma Cox Goes to San Diego: USS Midway!

Although my mom was with us for a week in San Diego, we only had three days off (which we were very fortunate to have) to show her everything the city has to offer. On Day 1, we covered the Cabrillo National Monument, Old Point Loma Lighthouse, Fort Rosecrans Cemetary, Coronado Island and Hotel Del Coronado.

On our second day, Casey cashed in his Valentine's Day gift and golfed at Torrey Pines (North Course-South was closed for a tournament) and mom and I headed to the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier.

Tip: Skip the line and purchase your tickets in advance at

Located in downtown, this historic ship is part of San Diego's charm showcasing it's love and pride for the US Navy and Marines. I think parking was only $5, which worked out great because we spent a few hours making our way through this colossal maze. It's so amazing how something so massive can be constructed to cruise the ocean and thrive as a mobile community in the open sea. 

(Clearly, I would request the Navy's COXswain uni)

Luckily, there is a guided audio tour to help you discover this beast as it can be quite overwhelming. With the keypad you can easily type in the numbers of the exhibits you want to learn more about so you can go at your own pace.

My favorite part of the entire experience was being on the deck of the USS Midway, viewing the aircrafts parked on top and soaking in the gorgeous views of the city...there's no question why they call it "America's Finest." 

During our trip there was a large stage set up atop the ship, jib cameras flying around checking their angles and frames with sound checks so loud you couldn't hear the audio tour buzzing through your throwback adjustable headphones. 

At the time we had no idea what was going on or what the fuss was about. 

Come to find out, Tim McGraw was playing at the USS Midway that evening and Yahoo! was going to live stream the concert (hence the cameras). Crazy, and just an added bonus to Mom's trip. 

After we wrapped up our tour, I drove mom by the Gaslamp Quarter and around Petco Park a few times so she could see the stadium. Then it was back to Del Mar to pick up Casey and take mom to The La Jolla Cove to say "hi" to the seals and sea lions. 

I'm pretty sure my mom and I could spend an entire day just watching these guys, so cute and so cool to see these creatures in their natural habitat. 

Once the sun set, we went for a nightcap at Karl Strauss Brewing Company in La Jolla to feast on their delicious dishes and sample their craft brewskis. Warning: the 24th Anniversary beer is SOUR, but I loved it! If you're into that sort of thing, you'll certainly dig it. 

We were also fans of their "Off the Rails" and "Red Trolley" brews. 

And this post wouldn't be complete without a shot of my meal, the mouthwatering cashew chopped chicken salad: 

(So good, that I actually had it twice! Thank you, Andy for my birthday giftcard!)



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