We passed a good part of the morning in the Air and Space Museum in Balboa park. It was really neat seeing the Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft--not a replica, how beat up it was, and trying to imagine three guys crammed into that thing. Most of the time was spent ogling the special touring exhibit--Star Trek: The Exhibition. Since we're both fans of the Original Series, it was a treat. I think the funnest parts were the life-size models of the transporter room (where we got 'beamed up' due to tricks with lights and mirrors) and the Enterprise Bridge. Lots of costumes from all the different tv series. There was a fantastic time-line at the end with pictures and detail covering all the series and the movies. A little overpriced, but fun.
I got my bubble popped when we visited the Balboa Park conservatory shortly afterward. Being a northerner, I'd expected shelter from the rain, not a metal lattice-structure completely open to the air! But San Diego has such a temperate climate (except when we visit ;) that they don't need glass! Always good to laugh at oneself.
Got to see a bit of great old art for free at the Timken Museum of Art.
The afternoon was spent at Coronado Island and the famous Coronado Hotel on the Pacific side. We had a late lunch on the harbor side with another lovely view of the water and San Diego, looking toward where we'd eaten the day before.
Came back to the hotel as night was falling, and it was gorgeous! All lit up for Christmas. Passed the rest of the evening at a huge outlet mall (with of course little rain shelter) just half a mile from the Mexican border. Felt like we were in Mexico at times. And it was a treat to see patches of clear sky as I drove back to the hotel after 8.