Happy Friday everyone! Last I left you, we had returned from the San Diego Zoo and I had pretty much recovered from my relentless jet lag. Despite the drinks consumed the night before, I was actually pretty functional and up early for another run along the water. This time, I ran along the bay side which was about 1 street from Nick and Julia’s house. There was a nice concrete path that ran along the water and eventually connected with the ocean side. I got in another 4 miles at a decent 9:30/mi pace and then headed back to the house. Luckily, Julia had work off that Friday so the 4 of us could go exploring together. First on the schedule – a day trip to La Jolla. La Jolla was about a 10 minute drive from their house, but the landscape was vastly different.
There were so many winding hills, steep inclines, and huge drops. Bernie joked that running around here would be impossible. It definitely would be a workout. The homes were gorgeous – we spent a good amount of time just driving around and gawking. It’s crazy that people actually live there.
First was a visit to Mount Soledad and the Veteran’s Memorial. The views atop Mount Soledad were so breathtaking. You could see pretty much all of San Diego. We were lucky to have such a clear day, not a cloud in the sky blocked our view.
After snapping some photos, we got back in the car and headed to La Jolla to see the seals at the cove. Once again, the views of the ocean were amazing. I feel like I keep repeating myself – can you tell I fell in love with Cali?
We walked out onto the pier and there they were – seals! Just chillin’ out in the midday sun. So cute! As we walked along the water, we also saw a lot of pelicans, which I completely freaked out about. I love pelicans, don’t ask me why. They’re just crazy looking birds. I think it was Finding Nemo that had me hooked onto them. Leave it to a cartoon.
After looking at the wildlife and the big coves for a while, we walked up to the main street where Bernie bought the most expensive ice cream bar I’ve ever seen. It was $6 and actually tasted just like a key lime pie. So it may have been worth the $6, but I’m still not sold.
After our day trip, we were pretty beat, so some naps were in order. After getting ready, we headed to to the Gaslamp Quarter for dinner and a fun night out.
First on the schedule was The Tipsy Crow for their drink exchange. Here’s the deal: The bar has a drink exchange (think stock exchange) which shows different liquors, beers, and drinks and their prices on the screen. Every 5 minutes, the drinks change prices according to demand. The goal is to buy low and drink a lot! They have tv’s at the bar showing the exchange, including a ticker at the bottom of the screen showing the prices. It was really cool! Bernie ended up getting some “hobo special” or something like that on a whim. It ended up being a big bottle of beer in a paper bag. Classy.
After drinks, we headed to the Tin Fish Gaslamp based on a recommendation from my dad. It’s at the end of the Gaslamp Quarter and is RIGHT next to Petco Park. They’re known for their fish tacos, so I ordered one mahi mahi and one sea bass taco. So delicious! I ended up eating one of the tacos sans-tortilla because it was a whole lot of food (including some bomb waffle fries) and I didn’t want to be too full for drinks later. If you like fish tacos, I highly recommend Tin Fish.
After Tin Fish, we bar hopped. We headed back to The Tipsy Crow, Jimmy Love’s, and the Double Deuce (which was a county/western bar filled with scantily clad ladies a-la Coyote Ugly). Many drinks were had and it was a fun night. The Gaslamp Quarter is incredible at night – NOTHING like Boston. I like to think Boston has a decent night life scene. Tons of bars, lots of choices, but limited transportation options and early closing bars. Gaslamp was bumping all night. On every corner was someone handing you a comp ticket for a bar so that you didn’t have to pay a cover. You had to duck around people just to walk down the sidewalk. The whole street had a heartbeat. Very, very cool.
The next morning, we all were a little worse for wear. A big breakfast was in order! We headed back toward Pacific Beach and went to Kono’s Cafe. The line was super long, but Nick assured us that it was normal – it’s just a really popular spot. After waiting in line, we ordered and got our food really quickly. I ordered the pancakes with scrambled eggs and bacon. The pancakes were nothing special – I liked Bernie’s french toast much better – but the eggs were incredibly cheesy (they make all their eggs and hash-browns with cheese) and the bacon was nice and crisp. A good filling breakfast for a long day.
After walking around, we headed back to the apartment to pack our things for our flight. We were going to do a sunset cruise, but the cloudy sky wasn’t doing us any favors. After an incredible 4 days, we headed back to the airport and boarded our flight to LAX and then Boston. Miraculously, both Bernie and I slept through a majority of the cross-continental flight. We arrived in Boston at 5:20 am, 30 minutes before our scheduled arrival. Once we got off the plane and got our bags (they made it!) we were met with the all familiar, but still bone chilling sensation that we all know to be January in New England.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip. I absolutely fell in love with southern California. We are already planning on making another trip out there in the summer time when the weather is a bit warmer. Thanks to Nick and Julia for having us!