I am presently on the plane home and I am not quite happy about it. I spent a total of 4 days in sunny California and have fallen head over heals for the city of San Diego. Upon touching down on Thursday, we were already exposed to one of the many perks of the city: The weather. It was sunny, warm, and the humidity was no where to be found!
My first meal in Cali was at In-n-Out, a fast food joint that is no where near us in Western Maryland. This meal began a vacation filled with fattening food and gluten. :o)
My brother, Jonathan wanted to take us on a tour of the area, which was nothing short of amazing. I was most impressed with the views of the Pacific Ocean.
Mount Soledad was also breathtaking!
The next day, we got up and went to a restaurant called Hash House, where they have an INTENSE breakfast menu. I ordered the Chicken Hashes, which included eggs, potatoes, asparagus, and a biscuit. It was a HUGE meal and I barely put a dent into it.
Following breakfast, we went to the San Diego Convention Center for the Rock n Roll Race Expo. We didn’t stick around because we had a trip to the Safari Park on the agenda, but I was able to pick up a shot glass and a pretty cool bottle opener.
I also grabbed as many free samples as I could. From Suja juices to Power Bars. I really liked Suja’s Beet juice and Power Bar’s cola flavored gummies. When we left, Peter and I were also able to get free bottles of Suja. I grabbed their cucumber juice and Peter got mango.
The cucumber was okay, but the mango was pretty fantastic. I am looking to buy a ton on my next grocery visit!! :)
Anyway, once we met back up with Jonathan and my sister-in-law, Trisha, we began the trip out to the Safari Park. The views on the ride alone were phenomenal, but I had no idea that the sights in the park would be so epic.
My favorite exhibit was probably the gorillas and I was pretty amped about feeding the ducks.
But it was difficult to chose what was the best part of the trip. Everything was really cool there and the staff was very knowledgable. I learned a lot.
Peter and I hit the hay early once again because of having to wake up for the 5K. You can read the full recap here.
Following the 5K, we headed out to the Fashion Valley Mall. My iPod got messed up and the screen no longer worked so it was off to the Apple store! There was no way I was going to run the marathon without music. Luckily, they were able to give me a replacement for a decent price, so there was no passing it up!
Afterwards, we headed to a local skate park that Jonathan goes to. I have never been into skating or really ever exposed to it, but watching these guys was exciting. I think I could have stayed there for hours.
That afternoon, Jonathan and Peter dropped me off at the Jet Rhys, a salon where Trisha works. She is their senior colorist. So...I got my hair dyed a little bit more red.
The next day, the marathon took up most of our day. After running, showering, eating, and napping, it was nearly dinner time. So we went to Stone Brewery where I had the best Yakisoba EVER.
I must figure out how to make this.
We went back to my bro's house, had some drinks and I cuddled with their pup, Jack before going to bed.
The next day, we had little time to really get into anything before our flight. So we just went to the beach, which I thought was a great way to wrap up the trip (as opposed to moving there).
I am super bummed to have left this wonderful city. I am convinced that I belong there and must move there. Is it bad that I am already looking up jobs and houses?
Have you ever been to or live in San Diego? If so, what is your favorite thing to do?
Where's your favorite place to eat in San Diego?
Does anyone know of any houses for sale or job openings? (kidding...but not really)