June 18, 2012

Postcards from the edge, of the country

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For the first time in my life, ocean water met my toes yesterday.

It's been a fabulous vacation. All we did was eat and sight-see and nap and what more could I ask for?

Friday night we had dinner at Caffe Bella and I ordered something I couldn't pronounce and it was delicious. Saturday we visited Seaport Village and Coronado, then ate sushi in the Gaslamp Quarter that night. The plates were passed around our table to share rapid fire and it was incredible.

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Sunday we headed out to the Hillcrest Farmer's Market. I wish we had these amazing vendors where we live. We called a cab to take us to Ocean Beach (thanks to Kelly's recommendation) and it was my favorite part of the trip by far. We walked the entire beach until we came upon Dog Beach, which was definitely one of the happiest places I've ever been in my life. Dozens and dozens- at least a hundred dogs roaming up and down the beach playing, smiling, retrieving frisbees from the water. It was dog heaven.


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We came back to the hotel for lunch and then read and napped until dinner. We drove up to La Jolla and saw the seals and sea lions and ate with an ocean view at George's. We walked across the street for gelato (I got caramel praline with banana nut chocolate crunch. Yes.) Then we went to see Moonrise Kingdom. It was fabulous.

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This morning we ventured back over to Hillcrest to eat at Hash House a Go Go (holy cow) and now are packing up to head home.

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Jeff's biscuits & gravy

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that's a really big pancake


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I am very very full and ready to be home with my kids and do new and exciting things.


16 comments:

  1. Wonderful! :) Glad you had a good time.

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  2. Glad you had such a nice time! We actually might possibly maybe have plans to move to San Diego in the future. :) I love it that much. Safe travels!

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  3. Oooh, what is Moonrise Kingdom? And ooh to everything else too.

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  4. I love that you finally got to feel the ocean water. Everything about your trip sounded heavenly. I am so glad you and Jeff were able to go. Jeff's breakfast plate looks awesome. I know you have 4 kids who are so excited to see their parents, but they had a fun grandparent vacation. Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

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  5. I just love trips like this where you take it ALL in to the fullest, literally! ;) Glad you two had a lovely getaway together. And lots of naps.

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  6. I miss the ocean. Growing up on the East coast I went to the shore at least once a summer, and I miss it. Glad you had a great time!

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  7. This all looks so lovely. I bet you can't wait to get your kids back in your arms and tell them what the ocean felt like on your toes. I am so glad you and Jeff had this break!

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  8. sigh. that looks just lovely! so glad you had that time to relax. makes home even more welcoming.

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  9. I am just so happy you have had such a great trip! And I'm glad you finally met the ocean--I grew up going to CA to visit family, so the ocean is a part of me, even if it is years between visits. I hope re-entry is smooth and the greatness of your trip carries into daily life. :)

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  10. So glad you two had a great trip! Looks L O V E L Y! That first time seeing the ocean is something you will never forget. I will go to the West Coat someday, I WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Beautiful postcards! I hope the trip left you feeling relaxed and energized for your work as a mom. Don't be overwhelmed when you return home like I was from my weekend get-away. Try to tuck the beach in your heart for those hectic moments.

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  12. That is a wonderful first and you enjoyed it in such a beautiful spot! I miss CA some days but mostly I love our little life with our little family here in NC. Safe travels home Steph! I am sure you will be welcomed with stories, hugs, and kisses - enjoy :)

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  13. It sounds refreshing and renewing. Perfection for a vacation.

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  14. First time at the ocean, ever?! Wowza! You'll likely be addicted after this. :-) So glad you had a time of rest.

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  15. I can't put into words how happy AND homesick this post made me, simultaneously. I'm so glad you enjoyed San Diego. It makes my heart do a happy dance. (I had almost forgotten about Dog Beach. We used to take our dogs there, and then hit up a wash-your-own dog wash down the road before we went home. Because ocean water + sand + wet dog is not a decor I recommend.)

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  16. Oh... I want those pink boots! So pretty :) It looks like you had a beautiful trip - I love the west coast!

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