Driving into San Diego was TERRIFYING! Remember how I told you NM drivers were awesome? Well, anyone west of the Grand Canyon drives like a maniac! Oh, and no one in Cali uses their turn signals. We saw several cars cross four lanes of traffic without letting anyone else know their intentions. I realize my fear of flying is unfounded and what I should really be afraid of it driving!
As we got closer to San Diego, PALM TREES WERE EVERYWHERE! You must understand, this is very exciting for me.
The only time I saw palm trees was three years ago when we drove through Santa Cruz.
After a long drive, we were so excited to get to Best Western Mission Bay. The hotel was at a great location, but we did not feel welcomed when we arrived. We got there 13 minutes before check in time (3pm). Our room was not ready yet. No big deal, we were a little early. They told us it would be 10 minutes. You can already tell where this is going, right? We didn't get the keys to our room until 3:50pm!!!!!!!! I WAS LIVID! We had to wait in the tiny lobby the whole time. It was ridiculous. Don't worry, I already left a bad review on TripAdvisor.
Once we finally got in our room and calmed down, we headed straight for the coast!
The first thing we did was head down to Mission Bay and Mission Beach. Hellooooooo West Coast!
We walked the Mission Beach Boardwalk for a bit.
Not a Grand Canyon sunset, but still gorgeous!
The next day we went to the San Diego Zoo. We got there right when it opened, which means we got to do the opening countdown with the crowd and see the release of 5 Macaws! They were trained to fly straight to their trainer on the other side of the zoo. When they were released, they were so beautiful!
We don't mess around, so we followed the map STRAIGHT to the pandas so we wouldn't have to wait in line later. It was a good thing we did. We had lots of time to visit with Mr. Yu!
Then we checked out the gorillas because that was something else we really wanted to see!
It was Maka's birthday, so their environment was decorated with crepe paper. The workers threw boxes full of food down for the gorillas to open. It was so cute!
The orangutans cracked me up!
Funny zoo story:
We were looking at the kangaroos and there was a 2-3 year old kid being held by his mom. Their conversation went as follows: (by the way, the kid was screaming)
Mom: You see he has feet like you.
Kid: Yeah! And he has a butt.
Kid: Does he have a penis?
Mom: Yes I think he has a penis.
Hahahaha. I do like that kids use the correct terminology!
After the zoo, we hung out on Pacific Beach for a few hours.
My new favorite book! And I did take my first dip in the Pacific!
West Coast beaches are a lot different from East Coast beaches. On the West Coast, it seems like EVERYONE is being active. It made me want to run, jump, bike, and roller blade!
We walked the boardwalk for a bit! I am calling it a boardwalk but it is clearly not made of boards! Cali peeps, what is it called?
The next day we had a disc golf/running date at Balboa Park!
This is a very popular disc golf course. There were a TON of people there!
I was looking for a trail I saw online, but I couldn't find it, so I ended up in a ritzy neighborhood. Soon I did end up finding the trail!
I didn't want to miss the opportunity to have a Cali run!
That afternoon, we hiked at Torrey Pines State Reserve... GORGEOUS!!! Here are a bunch of pictures I took.
Torrey Pine Trees.
They only grow here and on a small island a little farther north.
We were then going to visit La Jolla but it was soooooo busy. We drove through the town and it was packed. There was absolutely no parking anywhere. I looked at Paul and said, "Do you just want to go home?" He replied, "I love you baby." Hahaha. We were VACATIONED OUT by the last day. We stopped for Mexican food on the way back to our hotel and spent the rest of the afternoon chilling/packing... FAR away from crowds!
Adios, San Diego!
Have you ever been to the West Coast?
If you live on the West Coast, please tell me what is up with the drivers!?
Do you like going to the zoo?