Goals: Art, Tacos & Sea Lions
Picking up from Laguna, we drove right into San Diego. At night it wasn’t much to see, a city with lights, but no wow factors.
It wasn’t “late” but the time was 10:30-11pm which to our east-coast-bodies thought was more like 1-2am. We arrived at our next Air BnB, a bit confused since we were in an area that seemed to be an industrial park…
(Side note: we also had a really hard time finding our first Air BnB in Venice but it was only because we were tired and it was sort of a sneaky gate entrance.)
So we knew this BNB has specific directions from the confirmation email. You had to go into a gated parking garage (with a code) walk to a specific wall, to a lock box (another code), get the key, exit the parking garage, drive down another street to enter the parking garage then find the specific condo # parking spot. At that point we were cranky.
We eventually figured it out… and proceeded to our least exciting Air BnB condo. It was just vanilla. Nothing grand or special; it was clean thoug
We then proceed to pass out (dead) from our long exciting, fun filled day, with the next day’s plan ready to be implemented.
Lesson 1 of San Diego-Leave a trail of bread crumbs when you leave the condo…
First one up gets the coffee, so that was me. I spotted a Starbucks on our way in the night before. I took the key and carefully snuck out because being the good girlfriend that I am I decided I’d surprise Joe wth breakfast and coffee… I proceeded to Starbucks were the gentleman named my cup “Rabbit” because Robyn didn’t register for some reason (haha). If this wasn’t a sign that I’d gone down the rabbit hole I don’t know what was.
So I left, walked around a different path, thinking I was checking out the area. Wrong! So I went back in, swiping the key fob, only to get to the elevator and….no dice. The key fob didn’t work. We were on the 4th floor. So naturally I took the stairs, coffee and breakfast in tow. Once I arrived at the top, I was yet again locked out. Joe was definetly still sleeping, so I couldn’t very well wake him.A gentleman came out to the stairs probably on the same mission I was (caffeine), and had no access to the top floor because he didn’t live there (weird). So smart girl that I am, I returned back to the scene of the crime (the garage from the night before). Upon arriving I get into the nearest elevator (because why would it matt which elevator you take up) key fob still isn’t working. The custodian nicely swiped me in. Finally!
I was en route to eat my yogurt parfait in peace.. I get to the door, insert the key…. yes this was the right room number 407. Insert the key. Nope, said key did not work.
This is the same building I walked into with Joe and used this same key less than 12 hours ago! Now it’s time to wake the bear. What exactly was going on!? I was half-way through my large cold brew and so I know I was fully functional. Did someone send me to the twilight zone!??
I call joe. “I’m at the door can you open it…”
Joe- “ummmm no you aren’t”.
“I was in the parking garage, I took the elevator, I walked down the hallway, I’m at 407, the number is on the door”.
Joe- “uhhh you definetly are not.”
“Ok let’s try this again”….
Down the elevator.
Into the garage.
Around the corner.
Into the courtyard, in through the door I went out originally this morning. The pool was on my left…
Up the elevator. Nope it’s not working again… to the stairs.
Someone is coming out, I go in. Calling Joe-
“okay I’m here, 407, open the door”Joe, “Nope you aren’t, do you want me to come get you”….
“No! I will figure this out…”I finally found our actual room after the 4th or 5th attempt. In doing so I learned the buildings were identical; same numbers and amount of floors, but you each one was actually separate from the rest. That was the reason my key card would only work on one elevator. Extremely stupid.
So we proceed to exit the Air BnB with a scathing review of the insanity we faced both during the light of Day and at night, the rubik’s cube hotel was now behind us. First stop on our Journey through San Diego was La Jolla.
Not to be confused with La-Jol-a. Pronounced La-hoy-ya. (Thanks mom!)
So we arrived early (about 9:30am), we started our walk from children’s pool which was originally created for kids to swim in a protected space, then later became the hot hang out for the Seals.
As you can see the seals were quite happy. There were even babies!!!
We walked from here all the way down to Jim’s Sea Cave!
We walked down the steps to a cool little ocean cave.
From there we continued exploring all the way to Jim’s.
Sunny Jim’s Sea Cave was on the itinerary because it was originally created during the prohibition era. Yes the boardwalk empire on the east coast had some rivals!
145 Steps of man made cave was no small feet back in the day!
So that was pretty cool, a little history a little exercise and a lot of steps!
We definetly worked up an appetite and were ready to tear up some Tacos!
So we opted to walk around a bit and see the shops around La Jolla en route to The Taco Stand.
We have now officially checked off Seals and Art (a little art) from the list….
About the tacos..
Were they the best tacos ever? Maybe! The place was cool, cafeteria style but man were those some good tacos! Also the guacamole was top notch!
We were now off to Balboa Park, but not before stocking up on snacks, water, and miscellaneous items we needed for Joshua Tree- Yosemite. So we stopped to pick that list of stuff up and were on our way!
We had wanted to see a bit more of the gas lamp district and in fact had initially booked our AirBnB right in the center of it, but sadly they cancelled on us last minute…
As we entered there was a building size pipe organ and a small concert being performed.
The architecture was clearly Spanish and Greco Roman romanticism; I mean look at the detail! So beautiful!
Joe wanted to check out the fine arts museum and I saw Frida hanging on the wall… for those of you you don’t know who Frida is…. she’s a hero. She paved the way for a specific form of art that was self expressive, political and just down right baller. Check out the Frida Kahlo exhibit if it ever comes through your city.
So I went to see Frida.
Second lesson of San Diego– just ask.
We enter the building, pay for our tickets, go through the exhibit listed Frida…
Not. One. Portrait.
So I asked, and as it turns out the tuesday prior they sent the exhibit back to Paris.
Sad, but there was other art so we moved on. The building was incredible and we officially checked art off the “San Diego goal bucket list”.
Next stop Botanical Garden!!
I was on a mission though, Pinterest made me obsessed with these colorful steps. I swear Pinterest is always to blame.
My mission was find the colorful steps in the Spanish Village, which was pretty complicated to find based on the map…but we made it!!
This was kind of a marketplace of goods and art and it was everything I hoped for!!
It basically had hand painted steps. The candy land of America. It was amazing! Simple but effective design.
So we had seen art, the botanicals and the Spanish steps, but that wasn’t all… then we hoped to check out some local breweries since the city is known for their craft brew game. We also had 2 more beaches and at least one coffee shop to check out before heading to our next destination.
We decided coffee first, then we needed to get to the Torrey Pines / Black’s beach at sunset to get the full effect and we were running short on both energy and time.
Landing at the amazing Cafe Bassam we enjoyed European style coffee and flair.
We opted for coffee instead of beer, and we were off, back toward the Coast to finish the day with some amazing views.
We arrived at Torrey pines which on a clear day overlooks Orange County, and all the way down to Tijuana.
This is where some people (not me) paraglide off the high cliffs all the way down to La Jolla proper. It’s pretty spectacular except for those of us who are afraid of heights.
Here you can see a small group of specs near the water, and yes those are people.
We were at least a thousand feet up. Or a million in my scared mind.
On that terrifying cliff there were some pretty spectacular views, although not the most amazing sunset. Still, we closed the day with this grand San Diego cliff and just like that, we had made the most of a beautiful day in San Diego.
6:00 pm we left for our next adventure to the retro- fabulous dessert sanctuary of Palm Springs. There are 9 days total of this glorious Californiadventure and 7 to go…
30 flights of stairs
Seals. Tacos and Art.
✌🏻until next time San Diego.
We learned lessons and we had fun, but we didn’t get to check out a brewery or see the Gas Lamp district, so we’ll have to go back someday! The rest of the journey is coming soon! Like, share, comment and follow for more adventures, inspirations and sentiments. Let me know what you think! I love to hear from you!
Next… up Palm Springs!