One of the perks of being a homeschooling mama is flexibility in our schedule. So, when Luke had a business conference to attend in San Diego this April, I shipped the kids off to grandparents/friends and went along with him!
We took a trip to San Francisco in 2011, so this was our second time in sunny California.
If I had to choose between the two cities, San Diego would be the clear winner. It was beautiful there. More tropical feeling. More laid back. Less big city. More green. Ahh, loved it.
We flew out of O’Hare, and were pleasantly surprised on one of the flights to have been seated in the Economy Comfort…so Luke’s loooooong legs had more than enough room! Praise God! That has never happened before! (Usually his knees are up by his ears, or in the back of the person in front of him.) 🙂
When we arrived at the rental car place, who did we see on the TV? The Michigan Wolverines in the playoffs! Of course we had to cheer for them and banter with the little girl who was cheering for the other team.
The first night, we stayed at a hotel on Shelter Island Drive that we Pricelined. It looked really nice on the outside, but it smelled really old on the inside. We were still thankful to pay such a small amount to stay an extra night in San Diego, and we awoke to some beautiful views and the sound of a bugler from the nearby Navy base.
Since we arrived on a Saturday night, we had the opportunity to worship with some Californian brothers and sisters on Sunday. After church, I had my first experience with In-n-Out Burgers (yum), and then we rushed over to the shore to board a whale-watching tour.
We were excited. We had no idea.
Really glad I brought this stuff with me…Although, I don’t think it helped. So, scratch that.
The water was choppy that day. Luke and half of the other people on the boat spent 2/3 of the trip barfing over the side of the boat (or into plastic bags that the nice tour guides provided). It was disgusting. And so sad for Luke.
Thankfully, he recovered once we hit terra firma, and we spent three nights at a luxurious hotel on the marina, compliments of Steelcase (it was a business trip, remember?). 🙂
This was the view from our room.
I could’ve stayed forever.
Luke was in a conference for work, so I entertained myself by writing Base Camp curriculum, working out in their oh-so-nice gym (where they had a person handing out towels and little water bottles while you sweated), swimming in the pool, taking naps, having ice cream at Seaport Village…It was torture, can’t you tell?
And the two of us had time to walk around the Gaslamp Quarter and eat yummy meals together in the evenings.
I’ve always wanted to try The Melting Pot, and we were able to do it this time. We split a meal and were satisfied. I have no idea how one person could eat that much food by themselves!
We also went to a nice Italian restaurant that had buffalo mozzarella cheese (like we had in Italy in 2010, but not quite as fresh). We sat outside, and watched the crazy Padres fans go down the streets screaming and acting nutso. It was opening day, and we were on the same street as the stadium. (Oops.) I also watched this lamp in terror, sure it was going to tip over and light us on fire.
It ended up being fine. 🙂
Our last morning in downtown San Diego, we ate breakfast at Richard Walker’s Pancake House.
We split a meal, and it was HUMONGOUS!
This trip wasn’t great for our waistlines.
From there, we spent our last day/night in La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya). Here we are, ready for a kayaking trip…
I wish we had thought to bring a waterproof camera. Neither of us was willing to risk our iPhones getting wet or falling in the ocean, so we don’t have any pictures of the trip. But it was the highlight of the vacation for me. I would definitely do it again. It was the perfect weather, the sea was calm, the sea lions were playing…We saw two dolphins about 100 yards from us. Beautiful.
The next day, we flew home to our kiddos. As they get older, it gets easier to leave them for a short time. And I find it more necessary to break away to be refreshed. I’m thankful that God provided this opportunity for Luke and me to reconnect and relax! (And I’m thankful for grandparents and friends who are willing to care for our kids while we’re away!)