San Diego’s Citywalk Church

I had the amazing opportunity last week to spend 8 days in San Diego, CA with my wonderful wife of 32 years. What made this trip so amazing was that it was really the first time we have ever been away together for an entire week with no agenda – no meetings, conferences, family obligations, etc. – it was just us. On the first day back at my desk I can tell you that it was long overdue and I can’t wait until the next time we can get away for a week or more.

We are urban travelers. We’ve never done the camping thing or stayed in the wilderness. Instead, we like to find a good downtown location where we can leave the car at home and go everywhere either on foot or by public transit. That was easy to do in San Diego. We made it to Seaport Village, Old Town, the Midway museum, Petco Park, the Gas Lamp Quarter, Little Italy, Coronado, and Balboa Park easily – on foot, by train, or by ferry.

In later posts I’ll highlight some of the notable restaurants and destinations, but today I wanted to tell you about the church we attended. Citywalk meets in rented space next to Petco Park. It’s a smaller church plant that is making a mark for the Gospel in urban San Diego. We found it to be a friendly and authentic group of people with God-centered worship and Christ-saturated teaching. We’re glad we made the trek across town to worship with the people at Citywalk and would recommend it to you if you live near San Diego or might be in town in the future.

When was the last time you got away with your spouse for an entire week? No kids, no seminars, no family, just the two of you? Having just had this experience I know that we will begin planning for our next week-long get-away right away. Make those decisions that you need in order to make such a trip a reality. Start saving today. It doesn’t have to cost a lot and you don’t have to travel far – just far enough to be away. (We didn’t pay any big-ticket admissions.)And if possible, we would recommend choosing a destination where you leave the car behind. There’s something about being on foot that slows the pace and gives you more time together. And isn’t that why we take vacations in the first place?

2 thoughts on “San Diego’s Citywalk Church

  1. Dave Wagner

    Hey Joe, It’s so nice to hear you and Julie got to get away together. Mary and I have always admired the way you and Julie find those opportunities to spend time together. Not just find the opportunities but seize them and take advantage of them. I realize I have a lot to learn about this whole husband thing. Thanks for sharing. Best to you and your wife. Dave

    1. secondchair Post author

      Dave, thanks for the comment. It’s always good to hear from you. Our (Julie and me) ability to spend time together stems in part from our early entry into empty nesthood. When our daughter graduated from high school we were both in our mid-40’s and she married before I turned 50. So we’ve been at it for a few years now. We’re planning our next urban vacation for San Francisco where we took a shorter break two years ago but we’re anxious to go back for a longer stay. I always thought living in Coeur d’Alene was like living an urban vacation!


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