72 Hours In San Diego

San Diego has to be one of my favorite cities in the US so far. Not only is it beautiful, with perfect weather almost year round. It is lively and full of wonder. At least, it is still full of wonder for me.

Start off the night, hanging out in my friend’s little pink house.

Saturday, January 4th 2017

In the morning we went to the famous Coronado island. I was fortunate enough to get into the Navy base. This is where my friend’s boyfriend showed us helicopters. They were laid out like you see in the movies.

We stopped at a restaurant called Night and Day, where the cook made our food right in front of him. I had a San Diego classic, the famous California Burrito.

After, we took a tour of the beach and walked through the famous Coronado Hotel. You can stay here too for $400 a night. Apparently there is a 10 year long waiting list for one of their rooms, which is rumored to be haunted.

After a nice stroll around the beach, we headed to Cowel’s Mountain Trail for a hike. This is one of the prettiest hikes I have ever been on. The views were spectacular the entire way up.

This was unlike any hike I have been on in the Shenandoah, where you only get the gratification of the view from the top. This was a fairly easy to moderate hike, it was perfect for my level. It also only took 2 hours round trip.

At the top of this trail, it did not disappoint.

We then hit a coffee shop for a post-work out snack, the acai bowl. The Acai bowl is another San Diego stapple. They are known for it and everyone seems to love them.

Then we got ready and hit the town. We met up with another one of my friends who had just moved to San Diego. Pre-gamed and headed to North Park.

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

When we woke up and recovered a little we headed to a local farmer’s market. They had everything from food vendors, to jewelry makers, to farmers selling their produce.

After a quick break we headed to Ocean Beach or what the locals call “OB.” It’s one of the many beaches that locals usually head to. We walked along the beach and down the long pier.

Starving after only eating a cheesecake cup from the farmer’s market, I was ready for some grub. We grabbed fish tacos at a little hole in the wall restaurant and watched the sunset behind the clouds on sunset hills.

San Diego is known for their beer scene. There were breweries lining the street that held enough craft beers to satisfy beer lovers and beer snobs alike. We found one that had the entire front wall open to the street. I had an amazing red whit beer!

Monday, January 16th, 2017

We started the morning early and headed to Brunch at Hash Hash A Go Go. One of the hot spots for brunch in the Hillcrest area.

Swtiching from a more local vibe we headed to a major San Diego tourist attraction the USS Midway. It is a large Navy Aircraft carrier turned museum.

It is also parked right next to one of the Unconditional Surrender staues by Seward Johnson.

Our next stop was the famous La Jolla – it’s claim to fame are it’s many seals who lazily relax on the sand and rocks.

Safe to say it was beautiful. The water was crystal clear and splashed on the rocks. No wonder the seals hang out there!

After a quick hello to the seals we headed to another one of Sand Deigo’s beaches, Mission Beach. This one you could tell was geared a little more towards tourists. It had a long boardwalk lined with shops and a small amusement park.

I spent the final hours of my visit watching the beautiful sunset. My favorite thing in the world.

After the sun had set I went straight back to my friend little pink house to pick up my stuff and was off the airport.

I think this San Diego will prove to be one of the most pivotal trips of my life. I know that’s dramatic for only having spent 72 hours there but it changed me. More on that in another post!

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