Marilyn had graduated with a B.A. from the University of San Diego, College for Women in 1968. We decided to attend her 50th reunion, just to see San Diego again, and all the old haunts that we used to explore when we were first married, during my Navy days. Of course Marilyn had grown up in San Diego, and she enjoyed seeing it again. The photos above are identified and described below, going from left to right, and from top to bottom, except for the featured photo above, taken at Ellen Browning Scripps Park.
We visited the Cabrillo Monument, marking the spot where Spanish explorers entered San Diego Bay for the first time. As we stood near the mouth of the bay, we saw a Navy submarine heading out to sea. (The top of the submarine was visible so that other ships in the bay could see it and would not collide with it. It would fully submerge when it reached deeper water in the open ocean.) We visited the Embarcadero to have lunch with two of Marilyn’s high school classmates, and we passed the iconic “kissing statue” near the U.S.S. Midway, which is now a museum.
Of course we visited the University of San Diego and had dinner with the current college officials and other members of the Class of 1968. (We decided not to go to the very fancy celebratory service, at the fancy Immaculata Church on the campus, the next morning. Instead we headed out to the little Congregational Church in Mission Hills where our daughter was baptized. We actually saw our old pastor there, though he was now retired. I’m sure he did not recognize us, but he was very cordial.)
During our explorations of the North Park area, we found the row of little yellow houses where we and our daughter lived during her first year. (We were in the last house in the row, farthest from the street.) And a visit to La Jolla included lunch at a sidewalk café, and watching the magnificent sunset from the cliff at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, where baby seals frolicked in the historic Children’s Pool.