San Diego succs

I'm in San Diego for a quick family trip to tour colleges with daughter #2. Once again I'm reminded of how unlikeable this city is. The weather is awful: oppressive gray skies, not a trace of sunshine, just an annoying drizzle that never seems to end. The scenery is dull and drab; in fact, there is nothing to see, nothing to do.

You want proof?

Here's incontrovertible proof that San Diego succs!

The succ factor is particularly high in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. It has a bunch of  buildings from the early days (1820s on). I suppose it's OK, if you're into old stuff. Me, I was plain bored—so much succy-ness!

Agave salmiana

Agave salmiana

Agave salmiana

Another Agave salmiana

Euphorbia ingens (guessing)

Dragon tree (Dracaena draco)

Outhouse succulents

Aloe arborescens, desperately wanting rain, and Agave americana

They don't live forever

Agave attenuata—you can see why it's called the foxtail agave

Mission fig (Opuntia ficus-indica)

Parking lot succulents

Agave attenuata in barrels

Furcraea foetida

Furcraea foetida

Fiesta de Reyes is a complex in one corner of Old Town that houses specialty shops and restaurants under a Mexican motif. It's particularly succy.

Agave americana and Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'

Opuntia ficus-indica

Yucca elephantipes

Yucca elephantipes flower

Crassula ovata

Agave desmettiana 'Variegata'

Prickly pear climbing up a pepper tree

Agave americana


I have a feeling there may be more succy-ness ahead!


  1. I lovelovelove that staircase with the iron grill work and hanging pots.

  2. One daughter just north of the border and one in San Diego, eh? If they insist on different schools, I don't think you could get a better balance of venues for future parental visits.

    1. Pacific Northwest AND Pacific Southwest, if you will.

      I will NOT complain if daughter #2 decides to go to San Diego (or Irvine). I have a feeling I may be dropping in on your regularly in the years to come :-).

  3. You should have went to Tahiti instead...

    1. I thought that's where we were going, but for some reason the plane landed in San Diego, and the crew made us get off....

  4. Lovely weather, too. That doesn't succ at all.


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