Monday, May 18, 2015

la jolla wildlife

There is a magical place near San Diego, where celebrities go to buy second houses and tourists go to soak up the sun...

It is a place of designer labels, juice cleanses, and lots and lots of wildlife...

La Jolla is this amazing little beach town full of gorgeous mansions and amazing sea views. On Sunday, Joe and I landed there for brunch (pork platter for him, French toast and a latte for her). After we were sated, we headed down to the La Jolla Children's Pool.

The sea wall around the pool was originally constructed in 1931 to protect children from the waves and provide a place to play and swim. By the 90s though, the sea lions had started to make the protected beach their home, and no one has yet had the heart to kick them out.

Because, I mean, look at that face...

We got as close to the sea lions and their pups as was permitted, and started to feel a little sleepy ourselves as we watched them sun bathing and snuggling into the warm sand. Every once in a while, one would wiggle over to the water and glide in for a dip. It was really amazing to see them so close and calm in their natural environment...a totally different experience from seeing them in captivity. I watched one guy let the tide wash him ashore, and I realized I had never seen a sea animal use the water like that before.

There were other wonderful animals there nesting sea gulls, pelicans, and cute little chipmunks.

Every time we tried to leave, something would stop us. Joe spotted a pregnant chipmunk, and then one sea gull jumped onto another one. A pelican stretched out its long neck a few times. Then two chipmunks got into a wrestling match and went tumbling and spinning down the side of the cliff together.

It was all amazingly special, and we left with happy hearts.

Monday, May 11, 2015

point loma landscapes

Ever since Joe started working full-time, we've had a new appreciation for our weekends. All week long he comes home, we eat, and then it seems like it's suddenly bedtime! So when Friday rolls around, I can feel both of us collectively relax a little bit.

We both have homebody tendencies though, so we've worked hard to fill our weekends with fun adventures in addition to all the loads of laundry and dishes and tv that we catch up on.

This weekend we spent some time at Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, walking the boardwalk and trying to get a sense of the California surf culture. As per usual though, I forgot my camera, so instead I'll share some of last weekend's adventure...a stroll around Point Loma and a view of its historic lighthouse.

When we first arrived, we were barely able to make out a view of downtown San Diego through the fog...

We took a peek at the lighthouse, and Joe posed by the Cabrillo National Monument before we hiked around a bit. There isn't much to do, but we were struck by how quiet it was compared to our downtown apartment, and we felt meditative and peaceful. If you time it right (we didn't), you can also visit the tide pools, where the exiting tide leaves little pools full of sea creatures at the water's edge. It's definitely on our San Diego bucket list.

And it was all just a little bit of magic.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

farmers market rainbow

One of my absolute greatest pleasures since we've moved has been our Saturday farmers market. Almost every weekend we have some coffee and get dressed, pack a hat and a grocery sack, and spend the morning meandering through stalls of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and food stuffs. It's not lost on me what a wonderful gift this is...every time a car alarm goes off or a noisy motorcycle speeds by under our window, I just remind myself of Saturday morning. Sometimes it takes one or two reminders, but I eventually remember how lucky we are to be in the heart of such a thriving neighborhood.

Cheers to happy Saturdays!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

hazy coronado beach

This week has brought us a taste of the "May Gray" and "June Gloom" weather that the seasoned (ha!) San Diegans have told us about. And I have to say, I love it. Lately, we've been waking up to cool and overcast mornings that warm up to bright and sunny afternoons.

Amazingly, we hadn't managed to make a trip to the beach in the first month that we've been here, so we decided that yesterday's cool temperatures and gray skies might be the perfect opportunity to explore one of the country's best beaches with fewer crowds.

To get to Coronado beach, we had to pass over the Coronado bridge, which is an adventure in itself. (Read: terrifying.) But it was worth it for what we found on the other side...

One of my favorite parts was looking at all the beautiful houses...little beach cottages, mansions with expansive yards, and beautifully maintained Victorians.

There were also tons of little stores with so much to explore. It was pretty tempting to buy all of the soda at the candy store (pumpkin pie! butterscotch root beer! cherry limeade!), but rain seemed imminent, and we wanted to make it back to the mainland before the skies opened.

I half-expected to see a dragon coming over the top of that Gringotts-like bank. And in the distance in that last picture is the famous Hotel del Coronado, filming site of Some Like it Hot and the preferred lodgings of many celebrities on their beach vacations.

It was all sublime. We didn't really want to say goodbye, but knowing it's only a hop, skip, and terrifying ride over a bridge away, we know we'll be back soon.