Last week I was in San Diego. We went to the zoo and saw the seals and even a whale in La Jolla, and I spent a day on the Old Town Trolley Tour. I almost did not go, as I thought it might be too touristy, but it was well worth the price, convenient, and I saw so much. I could have spent another day or two seeing the sites.
At the end of the tour in Old Town, I visited the Mormon Battalion
Historic Site. I grew up and still live a half-hour from Palmyra, New
York, where the Mormon church was founded. I am not a member, but as a
genealogist, I spend time in the church's family search centers and I
have been to Salt Lake City and to the big library there as well as seeing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and other sites. However, I did not
know that a group of Mormons traveled to San Diego in 1847 from Iowa,
before they settled in Salt Lake City. The museum is a replica adobe
building, and it is a really fantastic interactive display, including
rumbling from a stampede, the night sky, thunderstorms, cedar wood
scents, and photos that talk just like in Harry Potter! I also got to
pan for "gold", and having watched a documentary about the Klondike a
few days earlier, I was anxious to try and found it a lot more difficult
than I expected. My "gold" nugget is on the upper right hand corner of the photo.