It’s a beautiful weekend in Southern California… something that can be rare this time of year.

Rare, you say? For those of you not familiar with our weather, there are weather conditions here called “May Gray” and “June Gloom.” Why? Well, my high school friend who’s a meteorologist could take some time to explain it to you, but suffice it to say that the coast of San Diego is generally covered by thick fog in much of May and June. It can even last until August.

Actually, I like the fog; even did a column once called Foggy Mission Bay, as going to the beach is a perfect San Diego day trip, no matter what the weather.

You’re welcome to retrace my Mission Bay route on this hot, sunny weekend, but I’d recommend a South Bay cruise from the International Border at the Tijuana Estuary, through Imperial Beach and up the Silver Strand to Coronado. It’s in my 2003 book, Weekend Driver San Diego and here on the Joyrides website.

With more on Coronado is 2007’s Summer on the Strand, where my ride was a then-new Saab 9-3 Turbo-X. I didn’t include either in the current Joyrides Around San Diego but maybe I should have.

Of course, the Quintessential California chapter in Joyrides Around San Diego (in print and Kindle) will take you down the north coast of our county. But the South Bay is less familiar, less visited and spectacular in its own way.


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