California Dreamin'

Over Spring Break I knew that I didn't want to spend the entire week sitting on the couch, reading magazines, and having a Netflix marathon night after night(although that can be quite luxurious in and of itself) .  One of my friends lives just outside of San Diego, and after I invited my husband and myself over, we were in a car, making the six hour drive from desert to ocean. Arriving in the evening, we went to one of his favorite burrito joints, Burros and Fries.  I was too busy devouring my burro filled with beans, veggies, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and pouring every one of their salsas from the salsa bar, to get a photo.

Stuffed and happy, we drove to Coronado Island, a fancy community littered with multi-million dollar homes and a beautiful hotel, Hotel Del Coronado.

The next day we got our own private tour of San Diego.  We first took a drive to Torrey Pines Beach.  We didn't get out (parking was a nightmare), but I managed to snap this photo from the car and it now rests peacefully on the wall in my bathroom.  As we headed to our next beach, we drove through adorable neighborhoods with the cutest beach houses and cottages.  I picked out about fifty that I would gladly live in.

La Jolla Shores Beach

 is as picturesque as a beach can possibly be.  The water is a blue that only nature could produce and the palm trees make it truly Californian.  There is something very special about this beach...seals!

Look at those seals, fat and happy and soaking in the sun.  There were dozens of them and some of them had small pups that weren't more than a few weeks old.  In fact, there was one pup that had only been born the previous night.  I felt like a kid oooing and ahhhing over their cute faces.

Look at the water!  I told you it was beautiful. After we'd enjoyed a short walk around, we made our way to one of my favorite beaches.

Pacific Beach is a lot of fun and full of surfers.  I even dabbled in the sport last year.  It was a workout, but immensely fun.  It's also full of locals like the man above, with sun-bleached hair and tanned skin 365 days of the year.

 The last place we went for the day, but visited many times during a short trip, was the beach on Coronado Island.  It's clean and so well maintained.  There is a naval base not too far in the distance and it's not uncommon to see some navy seals doing drills in the water, as we did one morning.

 The next day we decided to go back in time via the USS Midway.  It's an ENORMOUS battleship that was used during the Vietnam war and continued to be used into the 90's.  It was over-whelming to be quite honest.  Imagine a city on a boat and then add tiny hallways, bunk beds, and a bunch of airplanes.  I was able to jump into one and take it for an imaginary spin.

 I've had the LIFE poster "Kissing Sailor"  framed in my bedroom since I was in high school, so it was no surprise when I let out a little squeal when I saw the statue in a park.  I demanded that we drive over as soon as we disembarked from the ship.  I also had some fun listening to a speech with some veterans. Can you spot that which is unlike the others in the photo above?

One of my favorite places in San Diego is "Old Town".  Sure it's a bit touristy, but tastefully so.  It is the original part of the city and still has the buildings that stood long ago when the city was settled.  There are fantastic restaurants and lots of great boutiques featuring works of local artists and craftsmen.  There is even a humidor shop and the men who run it are dressed in "old-timey" clothes and are actually smoking cigars...on the the shop!  It's a fun place for all and they host many different events throughout the year.

Our trip eventually came to an end with one last dip in the Pacific early in the morning.  We made our way to Coronado and stripped down to our bathing suits and jumped in.  The men were more adventurous than I.  I did go in, but after a few minutes, decided I should take some photos.  We were the only ones in the water besides the navy seals, and they were wearing wet-suits. We will certainly be heading to the ocean again soon, but in the meantime I am anxiously awaiting my trips to D.C., Norway, and Japan! Stay in touch.