The long San Diego summer days are sauntering towards a suggestion of fall.
Although our weather will be warm for another two months, the kids are back in school and the malls are geared up for HallThankMas Eve. And while our sprawling San Diego County has myriad year round entertainment to choose from, summer nights seem to hold more hours in them.
I want to take a moment to remember a wandering date night last month before rushing head-long into the jumbled rest of my calendar.
Try this some time.
We hit the happy hour at the Brigantine in Del Mar. Sit outside at the narrow bar facing the race tracks.
Watch a couple races. Watch a train go by. Watch the moon rise.
Watch the hot air balloons in the distance. Be glad you’re not in one.
Order a spinach salad, two fish tacos, and a house margarita in a shaker.
Watch the lid.
Hop in the car and head south, crossing up and over the Coronado Bay Bridge as the sun lowers towards the horizon.
Whoever is driving, watch the road.
The other guy (that’s me) gets an incredible view of sailboats, sunset, and downtown.
Make a mental note to check out the new library down there that looks like a giant birdcage.
Drive down to the Hotel Del and park on the street at a meter. It’s free after 6pm.
Stroll around the Del. Pretend you’re staying there and mingle in the lobby and admire the elevator cage. Wander out back to the Grille and buy a coffee. Then meander down the walkway to the beach.
There will be a wedding party on the sand to admire, with chandeliers hanging from organza swathed gazebos and a seven-tiered cake surrounded by elegant bridesmaids dressed in periwinkle blue.
Stroll the length of the boardwalk and back, reminiscing about your own honeymoon there…a million years ago was it?
Breathe in the sea air.
Feel young and fresh and ready for the world and then immediately thankful for all of the hurdles the world threw at you that are now in your past. And not still in front of you. And that you made it this far.
Hop back in the car and head back over the bridge and up towards Mission Bay.
If you turn onto Fiesta Island and park, you will be treated to a massive fireworks display at 10pm nightly, courtesy of Sea World.
Lean against the hood of your car, wrapped up in a blanket for two, and watch the spectacle.
Toodle down the freeway, heading for home.
Discuss whether you’re up for dessert or not.
Discuss it some more as you get into town.
End up at The Cheesecake Factory. They are open almost as late as an IHOP.
Have a slice of cheesecake extremely worthy of tomorrow’s work-out. Enjoy every last crumb.
Wonder why you don’t do this more often.
And then remember why as you’re licking the plate.
Watch your waistline, watch your bedtime, watch your summer slip away like sand at high tide.
But take a moment when you get it, and frame it and you can watch it for the rest of your life.