Last week we journeyed down to the Port of San Diego for a mini vacation. Our friend Ryan from Chicago was visiting for the week and we wanted to explore a new part of California while he was here. Some may think of San Diego as rather boring but I think of it more as calm and humble. The scenery and skyline of San Diego was beautiful, with the harbor full of boats just peering around the edge. Quite a perfect Maritime city with their beautiful ship-like convention center that was an amazing piece of architectural art. You could just sense the history this city holds by the slower pace of life, which was so nice and way needed, even if it was only for a couple days.
We stayed in the Historic Gaslamp District of the city and I loved that we could easily walk everywhere. We wandered around town, ate at The Yardhouse (same one as in LA) and The Broken Yolk Cafe. We gazed at ships of all sizes, drove over the Coronado Bridge and through Coronado Island. It made me really wish I had grown up in a tropical port town. So much lush plantlife – everywhere! The next day we drove to the border of Mexico. Didn’t cross, but hiked the trail that took us to a beach where you could walk to the area of the beach where the US and Mexico meet, separated only by a slew of wooden poles (and border patrol in SUVs).
On the way home we drove along the coast, then making me wish I had grown up in a beach town not a port town. I love California so much. We made a pitstop in Encinitas, where we went to the famous Raul’s Taco Shack. Okay, we secretly totally went there because the bf and I saw it on Huell Howser‘s show and are complete megafans. Yes, we’re total PBS nerds. The food was just as amazing as Huell and all the locals raved – so simple and fresh. We ended our trip with a stop in Santa Ana to Sid’s Tattoo Shop where Ryan got something to remember California by, and I got a little something, so that I will always remember the light years.