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Californian Getaway, Pt. II – San Diego

May 20, 2014

I can’t believe that it’s only Tuesday: it feels like we were just in California yesterday!We had such an amazing time in SoCal with our friends Jason & Erin. On Friday, we had adventures in Temecula Valley wine country. Saturday & Sunday were spent doing the typical beach things: soaking up the sun.

Erin & I woke early (9am) on Saturday and headed down for some breakfast and pool time. We figured we would let the boys sleep in, which they appreciated. If you know Matt, you know waking him on the weekend is like trying to get a bear out of hibernation early. (See what I did there? I made a bear joke, since the bears really are coming out of hibernation here in Alaska! Not funny? Ehh, I’m not known for my hilariousness.)

Once the boys woke up and we packed, we headed south to San Diego. I’m guessing the wildfires were more controlled because it was an absolutely gorgeous day – blue skies and everything!

First stop was Balboa Park. Located just outside of downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is a huge (1,200 acres) urban park filled with museums, gardens, art venues, AND THE ZOO!

Yes, the San Diego Zoo is in Balboa Gardens! Unfortunately, it was $46 per person to get INTO the zoo, and it didn’t make sense to pay so much to go when we would only be there for a few hours.

But we did get to see some pretty cool stuff while we wandered around.

The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

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Matt loves Cacti

Matt loves Cacti

People vandalize Cacti, which stinks. But this cacti had our initials, so yay?!

People vandalize Cacti, which stinks. But this cacti had our initials, so yay?!

The street in the Spanish Art Village in Balboa Park

The street in the Spanish Art Village in Balboa Park

We copied prom couples and posed in front of this pretty pond and building as well

We copied prom couples and posed in front of this pretty pond and building as well

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The Museum of Torture. Very creepy and sad how creative people can get at hurting others.

The Museum of Torture. Very creepy and sad how creative people can get at hurting others.

The Beer Exhibit!

The Beer Exhibit!

Perfect Spring Day

Perfect Spring Day

 

Crazy big cactus

Crazy big cactus

 

After exploring the park and going in the Museum of Man, we headed to the Gas Lamp district of San Diego to park so we could take a ferry over to Coronado, a cute little town located on an island just across the water from San Diego.

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The ferry was a lot bigger than we expected it to be, and we loved the upper deck of it. Just before getting on the ferry, Erin & I had popped into Cost Plus World Market (another store I desperately miss in Alaska) to get a picnic basket and some adult beverages.

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We totally coordinated wearing blue

We totally coordinated wearing blue

Erin bought a variety of personal champagne bottles, while I invested in a set of Stacks. The Stacks wine cups were awesome and would be perfect for a beach day, or to take on long hikes in Alaska. Sadly, they are NOT sold in Alaska, so if anyone wants to send me a gift you now have a great hint.

Once we landed in Coronado, Matt & Jason took off to visit a bar while Erin & I explored a little. We sampled the small towns cupcake shop (delicious!) and a cute boutique called MissMatched, where I got a perfect summer dress.

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After spending some money, we headed to the beach with Erin’s new picnic basket and rolled out the blanket included and drank our personal champagne bottles while watching the tide roll in. Very relaxing, I must say.

When dinner time rolled around we headed to Peohe’s, a fine dining establishment right on the water. We were lucky enough to get a table on the outdoor patio with an amazing view of the water and sunset, and the food was really delicious. I had the Ahi Tuna and a sushi roll, and Matt discovered he likes Ahi Tuna (yay for little wins!) We were in such great company and enjoying ourselves so much I completely forgot to take pictures!

We finished dinner and made it back to the ferry just in time to catch the last boat back to the mainland. I’m also super proud to say we had a jam session and everyone on the boat loved listening to us play and sing music. It would have been a perfect time to use a Jammy Pack (way to drop the ball Erin).

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Back on the mainland, we headed up to our hotel in La Jolla to get some rest and prepare for THE COOLEST ADVENTURE YET: Ocean Kayaking!!!

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