San Diego is a little bit like a foreign country. I don’t recognize any of the plants. The geography is crazy. And everyone speaks with an Italian accent. But it is incredibly beautiful! We’ve been hearing all kinds of stories about the wonders of California since the Ringers moved there last summer, and we finally got to see it for ourselves!
For our first full day in San Diego, we took a trip to Torrey Pines Glider Port, where people jump off of cliffs and glide around the sky above the ocean. Absolutely insane. But really cool to watch. And the view of the ocean wasn’t bad either.
Then we went to La Jolla. I’m told this is pronounced “La Hoya,” but if I lived there, I’d definitely call it “La Holllllaaaa!” But I’m weird, so maybe that’s just me. Anywho, it’s beautiful. There’s a walking path that goes along the beach (where in San Diego is there not a walking path?) and passes by rocks covered in sea lions. I have never seen so many sea lions in my life. They smell terrible, but they are adorable and make weird noises as they climb over one another. We watched them jump and swim and attempt to wiggle their way up the rocks.
Next we went to Mount Soledad. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about San Diego, it’s that there is a plethora of mountain top viewpoints. I guess if you’ve got a city surrounded by ocean and mountains, you want to show it off whenever you can. What a view, people. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing the ocean.
That evening, we attempted to go watch the sunset at Double Peak Park, another overlook of sorts up the hill from Eric’s parent’s house. Although this was pretty much a total failure, it was one of the most hilarious parts of our trip. We pulled into the parking lot and parked next to a man and wife. They were parked in a direction to see the sun set over the ocean. We were parked with our backs to the view. Our plan was to watch the sunset from the top of the peak. So we pulled on our jackets and walked the short distance up to the top. We lasted about two minutes up there. I wish I could express to you how cold and windy it was. So we practically ran down the hill, hopped back into the car, and cranked the heat. Meanwhile, this man is watching us and laughing really hard. He laughs even harder as we back up the car, turn around, and park to view the sunset across the lot from his car. We think he was laughing at us because he knew how ridiculously freezing it was at the top of the hill, but it could have also been because we ended up parked next to a pick up truck where some teenagers were full on making out. I’m talking the driver is completely on top of the passenger and the windows are steaming up. Yikes. And they didn’t seem to notice us all staring at them. But it made for a good laugh, if a less than stellar sunset viewing experience.
Stay tuned for more San Diego adventures!