Fun In The Sun!!

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Hi! Winnie Griggs here, and I’m just back from the Fabulous RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference in San Diego. It was my first time there and I took advantage of the event to go in a few days early and play tourist. My son came with me which made it doubly fun. So I thought I’d share a little of what my week was like with you.

Sunday afternoon and evening we explored downtown, checking out both the Gaslamp District and Seaport Village. Bot were teeming with baseball fans as the All Star game was scheduled to be played there on Tuesday.

On Monday we headed out to the Zoo, taking advantage of the efficient and low-cost public transportation to get there. And what a fabulous zoo it was! We spent most of the day there, walking the grounds and I’m still not certain we saw it all. My favorite exhibits – Pandas, Polar Bears and giraffes.



On Tuesday we headed out to LaJolla. We had the driver let us off at the beach near the Scripps Research Institute, and after spending time there we walked a little over a mile to a spot where we could see the seals and sea lions that come right up on the beach. We were able to get quite close to them, though we were careful to respect their space.



On Wednesday we took the ferry over to Coronado.  Another day with lots of walking (My fitbit recorded numbers last week it had never reached before 🙂 )  The beaches were lovely, the historic hotel was fabulous, there were lots of fun little shops to check out and the seafood we had for lunch was some of the best I’ve had in quite a while. On the return trip we took the ferry that drops off near the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier that was decommissioned in 1992 and is now a museum.


On Thursday it was time for me to turn to conference business – me and three author friends presented a workshop. Son went out on his own exploring the city and we met back up for supper together and a walk through Seaharbor Village.



The next morning my son headed for the airport and I turned my full attention to the conference.

And for those of you who have stayed with me his far, if you’ll leave a comment telling me about your favorite place to visit, I’ll put your name in the hat for a drawing to select any one book from my backlist you’d like to have.


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Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.
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36 thoughts on “Fun In The Sun!!”

  1. Thank you for sharing about San Diego. I am a native Californian displaced to Indiana for the last 15 years. I love SD and used to go there quite often. I loved the zoo and Sea World in Mission Bay.

    When I lived in Japan (I was an Air Force brat), we went down to visit my cousin who was in the Navy. He took us on board the USS Midway (it was fully commissioned then) and it was AWESOME!

    Cindy W.

  2. You’re trip looks like a lot of fun. I don’t get to travel anymore, but when I did, Kauai was always my favorite place to visit.

  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip, made special by being with your son. Good for you!

    I think my favorite place to visit is Boston since from an early age I was always interested in early American history. The Freedom Trail is always a favorite with the site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution. Then there’s the Boston Common and Boston Gardens to stroll through, Beacon Hill, The Old State House, Trinity Church, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boston Public Library at Copley, The New England Aquarium. And so on. And that just the Boston side of the Charles River, with Cambridge on the other side. Oh yeah, almost forgot walks alongside the Charles are wonderful.

    And of course nearby there’s Lexington and Concord (Minute Man Site, Thoreau House, Walden Pond, Emerson’s home, the Old Manse; Buckman Tavern); Salem (Hawthorne’s House of Seven Gables & the Custom House where he worked); Plymouth (Plimoth Plantation and the Rock); and of course a whaling cruise; and a visit to Old Sturbridge Village.

    What’s funny about this is I consider myself a country girl but I just love Boston. There’s always more to do than you have time for. Also, it’s my son’s favorite place to visit with me–other than the Maine coastline.

    • Hi Eliza. I’ve been to Boston twice for conferences and took a little time to check out the city both times. Loved the whole historic feel of it and would happily visit again if I have the chance. Sounds like you are a history buff too 🙂

  4. We go to San Diego regularly as my father lived there. He died just this past month. I think we will continue to return as it is a lovely city.

  5. I have been there before! Loved walking the beach and seeing Coronado and visiting the zoo, too. My favorite place to visit, though are places here in Michigan. I adore the country and woods of it all.

  6. Montana! Went there in 2004 for my brother-n-laws retirement from the AIR FORCE! They lived in Great Falls at the time so we got to look around at a lot of different areas! Love, love, love Montana & would go back in a heart beat! I was really impressed with the Lewis & Clark museum! Also went to Helena & took a tour of the capitol building & met the governor (a very nice lady who took the time to meet us & take a picture!)

  7. We love visiting National and State parks. I admit I prefer to visit the onesite with mountains during the summer to avoid the Texas heat (and the snow in winter). 🙂

    Looks like you had a wonderful time. How awesome that your son could go with you!!

    • Glenda, I definitely understand what yo mean about the Texas heat since I live right next door in Louisiana. And a trip to visit one of our national parks is always a fun vacation.

  8. My favorite place to visit is Amish Country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Life is so much slower there and more peaceful for sure! With my kids I enjoy going to Disney World as we have so much fun as a family there.

  9. What a fun week you had, Winnie!!! Especially to spend part of it with your son and make precious memories together 🙂 The zoo looks like a place I’d visit too since I love them so much. Had you ever been to see an ocean before where you find Sea Lions all over the beach? Living on the Oregon coast myself, you can find them in abundance! If it was your first time, what did you think?

    I’ve never been to San Diego, the only place I’ve made it to is the Redwood forest 3 years ago when the hubby and I vacationed for a few days. It was spectacular! We’ll be going to San Francisco in October for four days, our first vacation as (almost) empty nesters. Our son graduated in June but he’s still at home and will be attending the community college in September, thus the almost empty nesters comment, lol! But it will be a very strange feeling for just the two of us, can’t wait!

    As for my favorite place to visit, it has to be the Pike’s Place Market and waterfront in Seattle! Although we’ve been there many times, it never gets old & there’s always something new to see or do! We’ve also taken ferry rides across the Puget Sound, it’s so pretty seeing the Seattle skyline on the horizon as we cruise through the water! One of these days, I want to actually get off the ferry and explore one of the islands. Birmington especially because of the Naval base! We love exploring new or old places together making those memories!

    Thanks for sharing your trip and I’m happy you were able to attend the RWA conference and spend time with your son too! Thanks also for the chance to win a book by you 🙂

    • Hi Trixi. The Redwood forest – wow that’s been on my list to see ever since my two youngest visited the area about 5 years back. I’m determined to get there some day. I have been to Pike’s Place Market though, on my one and only trip to Seattle about 10 years ago. And I agree, it’s an amazing place.

  10. Thanks for sharing your pics! 🙂 I have not travelled much in years, but I always enjoyed visiting my grandparents when they were alive.

  11. Winnie, it was great running into you at RWA! I get overwhelmed after a while but over all, it was a great conference. My favorite go-to place is Disneyland lol.

    • Ditto Tanya. I just regret that we didn’t get to spend any sit-down-and-chat time. Lots of passing-in-the-hall time though, and it always brightens my day to see your warm and wonderful smile

  12. I used to take day trips to the local casino with my best friend – love games, but really can’t afford it most of the time.

  13. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Looks like a lot of fun. I don’t travel anymore, haven’t been any where in years.

  14. My favorite place to visit is the whereever i land on my next adventure. I love to take day trips and improvise along the way…

  15. This month I went horseback riding with my grandson. First time for him. For me, I had not been on a horse in 25 years. It was a blast. We both smiled for 2 hours.

  16. I don’t travel much but I did get to go to Hawaii in February. I would love to visit the area around Colonial Williamsburg, Boston, and Philadelphia where so much of our county’s beginning took place.

  17. We have lots of favorite places to visit. We went to San Diego many years ago (early 1980s). We enjoyed it, but couldn’t do much with a baby and two young preteens along. The biggest hit was the zoo. We did go to Old Town San Diego and found a wonderful canteen. We went there 3 days in a row for nachos supreme and strawberry margaritas.
    It was nice to see your son spend his time with you. I am sure it will be a trip he also.

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