As I attempt to embark on this new path I find myself distracted and straying off in many different directions. One of them happened to be a trip to San Diego. When I planned the trip in February, my house wasn’t on the market yet, and so I thought I’d fly to San Diego in May, rent a car, see what the border crossing was like to Mexico, and spend a few days looking at homes for sale in and around Ensenada (Baja California). Sounded like plan.
Then I put my house on the market in April. It sold to the first people who viewed it, and that was within a week of it being on the market! No, it isn’t a fantastic house, it was a fantastic price. The Calgary housing market has been in a slump for several years, so I priced the house to sell. And it did! So, did I really want to go to Mexico now, with all that selling a house encompasses? Not really. But seeing as I wouldn’t be fully refunded for my flight, I decided to just stay in San Diego and enjoy the sights. A trial run of sorts.
I love San Diego! At least the ocean areas. I spent one day on Coronado Island, visited the famous Hotel Del Coronado, wandered along the beach, window shopped along Orange Avenue and walked from there to the San Diego – Coronado Bay Bridge. It was a lovely day, the highlight being spotting three dolphins as I walked along the beach! The Del was worth stopping in to see, with its chandeliers, balconies and history. “Some Like It Hot”, starring Marilyn Monroe, was filmed there. It was THE hotel for the stars of the Hollywood Golden Age.
The next day I went on a sea kayaking tour to La Jolla Cove with Hike Bike Kayak Adventures. Everyone but me were travelling in pairs, so I got my own kayak. I did okay for an old lady! I did get dumped on my way back to shore, but that just made it all the more fun. (I just know if I had been 20 or so everyone would have had a good chuckle, but because I’m old, the guides came running with worried looks on their faces! Lighten up, guys!) Anyway, we were fortunate in being able to enter the Emerald Cave. It was quite beautiful. Sea lions were sunning themselves on the rocks outside, as were dozens of pelicans. My only regret was not going snorkelling. Next time!
I spent the rest of the day walking around and hiked from La Jolla to Torrey Pines. The view from the hill is absolutely stunning! I then caught an Uber ride to Ocean Beach, where I had a burger at a completely vegan fast food joint called “Plant Power”. Make sure you give them a try if you are in the area. Well worth it! After that I wandered over to Dog Beach to watch the dogs play in the surf. And then over to Ocean Beach Pier. It was a day well spent.
So glad I did this trip. It was very short, but very therapeutic. I neglected to mention that I flew from Calgary to Vancouver and then on to San Diego. I have a daughter and son-in-law in Surrey, so I spent the night with them before continuing on to San Diego. Just made the trip that much sweeter.