While staying in Blair Valley, we made two separate day trips to the lovely city of San Diego. We were staying about an hour and a half from San Diego, and we weren’t planning to head any further south this winter (winter 2016-2017). We figured we probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to visit again, so we decided to make it happen. Since it was a decent distance away, we opted to bring all the dogs, since we couldn’t leave them for 10-12 hours at a time (obviously).
Our first trip to San Diego was on a Thursday, and I mapped out an entire itinerary of all the “must-see” sights before leaving. The drive there took us through two winding mountain passes and through beautiful forest areas. It was very scenic.
Today, we visited San Diego for the first time. Needless to say, we've really been enjoying our trip so far. We walked around the GasLamp Quarter, spent some time in Seaport Village, ate awesome tacos at a renowned taco shop in North Park, and watched the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. We're spending the night in Coronado Beach and can't wait to get up early tomorrow and surf. ???✌?️ ~S
Once the sun set, we dove down to Coronado Beach and walked on the beach with the dogs for a bit before heading back to Blair Valley for the night. It was easily one of the best day trips we’ve had.
Our second day trip to San Diego took place on the following Tuesday (February 28th, to be exact). We hadn’t originally planned to do two trips to San Diego, but we felt that there was still more to see that we hadn’t seen on our first trip. A new magazine geared towards young RVers (ROVA magazine) was also set to be available in Barnes and Noble that day, and we had a small feature in this magazine. Being the geeks that we are, we were super excited to be printed in an actual publication, and of course we had to buy a copy on the day it was released. Since the only Barnes and Nobles around were in San Diego, it made sense to time our second visit with the release of this magazine.
We took the dogs to the Ocean Beach Dog Beach, and it was lovely! The beach itself was beautiful, and it was a warm, sunny day. We spent a few hours here before beginning our drive up the coastline.
Yesterday, we finally made a trip to the beach for the first time since arriving in California. (Technically, we stopped in Newport Beach almost two months ago, but this was a five-minute stop to see and touch the Pacific Ocean for the first time.) It was a perfect, warm day, and Max got to swim in the Pacific Ocean for the first time, as well. Can't wait to have many more West Coast beach days when we get to Los Angeles next week. ☀️ ?❤️ ~S #LifeAmongPets
Now here is where things got tricky. We found one of the best local taco trucks to eat at for lunch, and it was awesome. There’s nothing like a good street taco. While driving to find this taco truck, which was a bit of an ordeal, we noticed that our front, driver’s side brake had begun to squeak. Brendan had planned to replace our Cherokee’s brake pads soon, but he had not anticipated it needing to be done so urgently and suddenly. We were nervous to try to drive it back through the mountains to get home to our RV, so we decided to buy the brake pads and change the brakes right in San Diego. Brendan quickly found an Autozone nearby that carried the right size brake pads and did a quick swap right in their parking lot. It’s definitely nice to be able to do your own repairs.
After replacing our brake pad (we only did one to save time and did the other a few days later, back in Blair Valley), we began our drive up the coast. It was incredible scenic! Some of the drive was through little beach towns, and some of it took us right alongside the ocean, up hill and beside beautiful green meadows. We passed through the towns of La Jolla, Torrey Pines, Del Mar, Encinitas, and Solana Beach. All were beautiful and different, and each seemed worthy of a lengthier visit, although our short day trip did not permit it.
San Diego, you were a beauty, and we are sorry we did not give you a completely proper visit. We will be back one day, and next time, we will stay longer and explore your sights more deeply. Until next time!