Trip Report: Cemeteries of San Diego Ride

Posted: November 4, 2010 in Ride Reports


Our scooters lines up acorss the street from El Campo Santo in Old Town, San Diego, one of the oldest graveyards in the city, dating from 1849.

by Steve S.

I was the only Sqooterhead on the “Cemeteries of San Diego” Halloween ride on October 31, 2010 … but I wasn’t alone. While none of the other Sqooterheads could make the ride, I joined up with six other awesome scooterists, offshoots of the San Diego Scooter Squadron. My Buddy Pamplona — decorated with devil horns matching those on my helmet — happily rode along with a Buddy Blackjack, two Piaggio MP3’s, two Vespa LX 150’s and a Vespa GT 250.

From North Park we rode through Hillcrest to Mission Hills Park. I’ve played tennis there on several occasions … but I never knew what was on the other side of a grassy knoll across the street from the tennis courts. After parking the scoots, our ride leader led the way over the knoll, and there on tghe other side were several rows of old tombstones and grave markers.  The park had once been a cemetery, and when it transitioned to a park they placed these here in honor of its former role.

We then rode along Sunset Boulevard in Mission Hills — one of the best rides in the city, with towering palm trees and huge mansions lining each side of the road — and down the hill to Old Town and El Campo Santo (see picture above). From there, we drove through Point Loma all the way to Cabrillo Point and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The clear day afforded spectacular views of San Diego Bay, the San Diego skyline, and the Pacific Ocean below. I peeled away from my group for a few minutes to scoot on down to pay respects at the grave site of a beloved family member overlooking the ocean at Fort Rosecrans.

We then rode all the way back to Mission Hills fro a yummy brunch at The Gathering and some great conversation about scootering and other topics.

Three cemeteries, six new friends and seven scooters. A memorable Halloween indeed.

DATE: Sunday, October 31, 2010


  • A. North Park
  • B. Mission Hills Park cemetery
  • C. El Campo Santo in Old Town
  • D. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
  • E. ‘The Gathering’ restaurant in Mission Hills

MILES: 23.1

RIDERS: 7 – Steve S. and six members of the San Diego Scooter Squadron

  1. Greg says:

    Looks like it was fun!!! Sad to not have been able to make it!!! This week!!

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