Sunny San Diego

27 05 2009

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.


san diego bay from our hotel room

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.


cubbies v. padres

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?


early bird gets the... fish taco!

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?)


western metal @ petco park

Padres won! We even got a great fireworks show after the game ended. I guess they knew the Lpods were in town.


special lpod fireworks show, thanks SD!

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.


yummiest fish tacos ever

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!


entrance to balboa park

We really loved all of the architecture on the museum at the main entrance to the park. So detailed and beautiful.


that sky!!!

Just a little further in is a big flower garden. Foxgloves and delphiniums everywhere!


pink and white foxgloves

I’m sure so many bridal portraits are done here!


purple delphinium

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.


koi pond and waterfall

It’s very beautiful and the bonsais were very nice!


mr. bonsai

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.


that girl has roots!

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)!


the bar at la puerta (old fogies taking pictures)

I love how lush the bougainvillea is and then you happen upon a desert scene like this.


bloomin cactus

Don’t see these in my backyard (anymore).


desert scene

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.


our pedi cab driver (uh, biker?)

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.


bar pods

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.


i haven't lost that lovin' feelin'

That’s right Ice.Man…..I am dangerous.




5 responses

28 05 2009

Okay, I have so much to say with this post. First…love love the picture of you eating your fish tacos at the ball park. And, those sunglasses…fabulous (i want a pair). Then, lets talk about how much fun you and Scott have together traveling. You guys do it right every time. Rod and I get lazy and end up staying by the pools of hotels. we need you two to take us on a vacation…oh, and please pay for it! Thanks.

Then, that tree…holy cow. sort of reminds me of the banyon tree in Maui. You look tiny next to it.

And, the weather in San Diego. I just need to move my family to California.

28 05 2009

i agree with jes….yall do vacation right!!! billy and i would have LOVED to have been at the padres game with you. we always try to hit up the mlb games on vacation. there is something about those ballparks!
so glad you got away. you didnt take your computer, right?
i am so glad you went to the top gun bar!!!! arent there supposed to be bras and panties hanging from the ceiling? did you add a pair? 😉
and, if you are paying for a vacation for the tootles…..why not just throw the suess’ in too? yall are so generous.
hugs. piper cant wait to come stay at camp lovejoy. i highly encourage the history lessons from uncle scott. she’ll appreciate it one day.

28 05 2009

Great post Kim. I especially like the part about the fish tacos… I am always on a quest for good fish tacos. Invite me on the next vacation… Scott can tell me about ball parks (of which I know nothing) and you can tell me all about the floura and fauna… or however that is spelled… oh and you can tell me about food too… you always do good food… You sure got a lot done in a short time. Yea a mini vacation…

28 05 2009

I didn’t realize how big that tree was until I started to scroll to the next picture and spotted you below it. Wow! I’m always amazed too at pictures of lots of boats in little spaces. Who drives them into their spots without hitting other boats? Not me! Looks like you guys had another very fun weekend!

28 05 2009

I want to go on vacation with the Lpod!

Yes lets talk about the hotty next to the jutebox.

Maybe you two should start a travel agency and plan trips for people.

or animals or kids or grandparents

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