We took advantage of the long weekend last weekend and jetted down the coast to San Diego. The goal was to get some warmer temperatures and escape the Seattle Memorial Day Rain. Right. Well. It was warmer in Seattle (first time in 5-6 years on this weekend). It didn’t stop the Lpod from having a good time. And it was warm. It just wasn’t peppery, burn up on the beach or in the pool *hot*!
Every day was beautiful though – nice blue skies to match the water of San Diego Bay.
Our first full day we spent exploring the Gaslamp Quarter, because as a tourist, sometimes you just have to do that. We then tried to lay by the pool for a while, but got chilled and hopped in the hot tub before finding something else to do. We heard the Padres were playing at home and on a winning streak, so we thought we’d go check them out.
We got there early so I could get enough time for my ballpark food fix. My tummy regretted it later, but who can resist peanuts, hot dogs, and Rubios fish tacos?
Scott is big on ball parks, he loves learning about the little nuances that make them what they are. Be that food, history, buried bodies in the concrete (is that Chicago or Boston?), or historical buildings. San Diego just built this park and ran into so many barriers. This barrier turned out to be a pretty cool feature. Just as they were tearing down the buildings to start construction, the Western Metal Supply Co. Building was granted historical status. The developers figured out a way to keep on truckin. These seats are called “The Lofts” – there are some suites, rooftop seats, and a restaurant. Looks pretty cool! The edge of the building (see the faint yellow line) actually serves as the foul line. (Guess who got a history lesson during the baseball game?)
Padres won! We even got a great fireworks show after the game ended. I guess they knew the Lpods were in town.
The next morning (yeah, right…late, late morning bordering on afternoon) we hopped in the car and drove up north on “the” five (picking up the lingo) to explore some of the beach towns. We stopped for the best baja fish tacos I’ve ever eaten at a little Mexican place in Cardiff-by-the-Sea called Las Olas. We got lucky enough to sit on the patio and enjoy the breeze. Did I say best fish tacos? I meant it. BEST.
We were so wrapped up in enjoying the beach after our bellies were full of baja that we forgot to take other pictures. Oopsies. Well, the views were beautiful, it was a crisp sunny day and the water was breathtaking.
Next day we hit up Balboa Park. I’ve been to the zoo, I’ve seen other parts of the park, but I’ve never really explored the park. It’s really a fascinating and fun place to explore. We could have easily spent 2 full days in the park!
We really loved all of the architecture on the museum at the main entrance to the park. So detailed and beautiful.
Just a little further in is a big flower garden. Foxgloves and delphiniums everywhere!
I’m sure so many bridal portraits are done here!
Next we stumbled upon the Japanese Friendship Garden. It was small compared to Seattle’s Japanese garden in the Arboretum, but we also realized that it must be near impossible to keep these really lush plants alive in a desert climate.
It’s very beautiful and the bonsais were very nice!
Further on we found a fountain (yep, forgot to take a picture) and then wandered down a more secluded path. It was so quiet and cool down there, we enjoyed our little jaunt down a path that led to nowhere. We stopped off at this tree to pick up a geocache (Pam, we thought of you). Distracting people from geocaching by taking pictures always works. This tree was amazing.
For lunch the next day, we were still on our weekend long quest for some goooood Mexican food. We had our fill of fish tacos. Maybe we needed some chilaquiles. We were led to a mexican restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter that was actually a rowdy bar. Even in the morning! They had a DJ spinning and $1 mimosas. We were good, only had 1 mimosa each, but the price tag was tempting! I liked their decor, but once again forgot to take a picture of the DJ spinning and people dancing (yes, they were grooving at noonish)!
I love how lush the bougainvillea is and then you happen upon a desert scene like this.
Don’t see these in my backyard (anymore).
Our last night, we took a pedi cab (outrageously expensive for such a short distance, but fun and worth it once) into the Gaslamp Quarter for yummy Indian food. We were surprised at how many Indian restaurants peppered the city – I’ve kind of made the assumption that Seattle is the only town with really good Indian in the US. I guess I should get out of my bubble every now and again.
We finished dinner really early, so we hopped over to a little bar across the street. We’d seen it a couple of times on our way to and from different places. They have these weird cage like things where you can sit and enjoy a cocktail or dinner. It reminded me of Sex and the City somehow, but I don’t know why – I’ve only seen like 4-5 episodes of that show.
Lastly, we HAD to make a stop off at Kansas City Barbecue. What’s that? you ask. Well….ehem…….
*you never close your eyes
anymore when I kiss your liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiips*
Yeah. It’s where Tom Cruise serenaded Kelly McGillis in Top Gun. The jukebox is TOTALLY in the wrong place and the bar where that scene is is teeeeneey tiny. I don’t know how they got cameras in there, let alone Tom Cruise’s ego.
That’s right Ice.Man…..I am dangerous.