San Diego Adventures: Part Two.

Wow, sorry to drag this out so much.  This week has been nuts and really got away from me.  But better late than never, the rest of our San Diego adventures continue…

Despite being up until well past midnight, dancing and enjoying wedding festivities, Lindsey and I were both up early and ready to tackle our final day in SoCal.  Meg had told us the night before that we absolutely had to go to Claire’s on Cedros for breakfast, so that is exactly what we did.   

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I ordered something called the Divorciados, which was basically a big plate of delicious Mexican food along side scrambled eggs.  It was fantastic.

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Similar to the day before, we got there early enough that we beat the crowd and got a nice table out back on the patio.  It was wonderful and so relaxing.  Two mini butter cookies delivered with our check – yum!

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And an enormous chocolate croissant to go, because we both couldn’t stop thinking about it after we saw it on the menu. 

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After breakfast, we drove over to the coast to check out the Solana Beach area.  It felt much more like a local beach and much less like a tourist spot.  Lots of surfers and families enjoying some early morning sun.

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And of course, a few tourists hanging out.

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But Lindsey and I were planning to properly hit the beach later in the afternoon.  Our morning agenda was to HIKE!

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We headed to Torrey Pines State Park and set out on the trails.  We didn’t realize that you could drive up the first big incline and park at the top (and hike from there), so we parked at the bottom and slowly hiked our way up what felt like a huuuuuuge hill.  Eventually we made it to a high point where we could see the gorgeous views.  Can you see those teeny tiny people across the way on that rock?  We made it our mission to hike our way over to them. 

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And eventually, we finally got there!  This park was incredible – right on the coast with gorgeous water views and incredible desert-like terrain.  I haven’t spent much time in the southwest, so this was all new to me.  We followed the trail and hiked our way down to this spiral rock area jutting out below…

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Let’s also note that I was wearing the least appropriate hiking attire of all time – bermuda jean shorts (SO HOT!) and strappy sandals.  I hadn’t planned ahead, but I wasn’t willing to miss out on a great hiking spot once I heard about it! 

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And as expected, it was totally worth it. 

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So thankful to my fabulous hiking partner for taking it slow with me and taking breaks when I had cramps or needed water.  I think we covered about four miles total, and we headed back down the mountain just as the temps started to really heat up. 

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We headed back to our hotel in time to shower and check out, and then we planned to live out of our rental car for the rest of the day.  Since we’d spent most of our weekend so far up north of San Diego, we thought we’d explore a bit more and try to see a few different parts of the city.  We didn’t have too much interest in going downtown, but we drove through and checked it out on our way to Coronado.  First stop – another acai bowl.  So delicious. 

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And then we hit Coronado Beach!

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We set up shop just down the way from the beautiful and famous Hotel Del Coronado.  It reminded me of one of the huge Disney resorts!

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Just north of us the beach was really, really crowded, but we managed to find a spot that was pretty spaced out.  Apparently the Travel Channel has rated this one of the best beaches in the country!

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It was glorious, and I can see why. 

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On our way there we stopped at a CVS and bought two $5 beach mats so that we’d have something to sit on.  Money well spent – we parked it there for about three hours and then handed them off to other beach-goers as we left. 

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We are actually headed east on a family beach vacation next week, and I can’t wait to see how much fun Cullen has in the waves and the sand.  But it was also really, really nice to stretch my legs in the sand and close my eyes, and to be able to truly relax for just a short bit. 

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Oh, brother.

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We left the beach in the early evening so we’d have time to grab one last dinner together.  Lindsey did a bit of restaurant searching on her phone from the beach, and led us to the Ranchos Cocina. 

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It was in a really neat, funky neighborhood and I had a good feeling about it as soon as we got to the front door.

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We scored another patio table (we didn’t eat a meal indoors all weekend!) and poured over the extensive menu – overflowing with vegetarian and vegan options.  After much deliberation, I ended up going with a trio of enchiladas so that I could try a few different flavors.  It was unreal, and I immediately vowed to bring Casey back there next time we are in San Diego.  It was ridiculous.

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I definitely ate my weight in Mexican food while we were there, but I was making up for lost time.  Seattle is seriously lacking!

After dinner we headed to the airport and said our teary goodbyes.  I made it home just after midnight, and snuck into Cullen’s room to watch him sleep for a few minutes.  I was only gone a little over 48 hours, but it turned out to be plenty and was exactly what I needed.  And while I was gone, Cullen and Casey had an absolute blast, which made being away feel that much nicer. 

Next up – a recipe (pancakes!!).  Maybe even a rare weekend post if I can pull it off – crossing my fingers.  Thanks for your patience this week.  Hope that all my US friends are staying cool in the crazy heat wave!