A Sensational Saturday In San Diego
I caught the Coaster up the coast, boarded a double-decker bus at the Solona Beach train station and a few minutes later rolled up to the gate to spend a day at the Del Mar races.
Such is the ease of living in San Diego.
What a perfect day it was at Del Mar, too. The great thing about horse racing and Del Mar in particular is that there’s no hassle getting into the place – women, for example, don’t have to have those clear purses they way they do at football games and concerts – and you have the entire facility to walk around and explore throughout the day.
I took full advantage of this luxury. Even tho I had a reserved seat, I went right up to the railing to watch a race and as they approached the finish line the horses thundered right above my head. It was thrilling.
Afterward, I went to the infield and got another vantage point of the track and action. I also happened there was a wine festival taking place, tho that required a special ticket, which I did not have that day. Still, I got an eye full of pretty girls in tight dresses and derby hats walking into – and later stumbling out of – the event.
I did not go without cocktails, tho. Not really feeling like beer, I opted for a margarita.
“Would you like a double?,” the bartender asked me.
“Of course!,” I replied.
I was initially taken back by the $18.50 price, but after a couple of sips realized the amount of tequila in it provided good compensation. So much so that after I finished it, I went back and got another one.
Through a friend, Linda McCoy-Murray, I wound up in a box seat at the start-finish line and even in the “inner circle” of the pre-race horses parade.
Amply pumped, I then went to the concert – Del Mar has a summer concert series – and that was awesome. A pair of country bands played, and the scene was spectacular. It was outdoor in a big parking lot just past the grandstands. A couple people were there, some doing the arm pumps by the stage but most just kind of hanging out in the back areas.
I had switched to beer by this point and it was a near-perfect experience. A full casual day at the races followed by a concert.
And then, I boarded the double-decker bus for the short ride back to the Solona Beach train station and took Amtrak back to downtown San Diego (the last coaster was at 6:30 but Amtrak ran until past 10 p.m.).
Having just moved from L.A., it was great – and relaxing all day long – not having to drive.
It was, without a doubt, a great day at the Del Mar races and the summer concert.