Sublime San Diego

We lived in San Diego for several years. Leaving there was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It’s a beautiful city and there is no end to the terrific weather and outdoor entertainment opportunities. But, alas, economics speak louder than sunshine and when a promotion opportunity presented itself which required relocating, sadly, we jumped on it. No regrets. I think.

Thankfully, we still have family in San Diego so we have an excuse to visit once in a while. But we hadn’t been back in over three years so we were quite surprised at HOW MUCH WE LOVE THIS PLACE. Why on earth did we ever leave?? Lol

This visit we spent a day at Ocean Beach. Beach culture was in rare form as there was a surfing competition going on. I never saw so many hairy legs, bare feet and tattoos in my life. Or at least not in three years. Talk about keeping it real. Surfers and surfer lovers were everywhere. Many had vans backed up to the beach and were pretty much camping out in them. And little nearly naked kids were scampering about or sleeping in the back of the vans.

Ocean Beach- giant waves under the pier

It was a perfect day for surfing. The waves were the biggest I’ve ever seen in Southern California. They were hitting the bottom of the pier. I don’t know how waves are measured but they looked about 15 feet tall. My sister-in-law was telling us that the pier had been damaged recently by monster waves during a storm and part of it had to be replaced. Since then they’ve occasionally had to close the pier to visitors for safety’s sake. She was surprised it wasn’t closed that day. I have no idea why the waves are higher than usual. Do you?

Anyway we enjoyed the most amazing lunch at a little well known burger joint called Hodad’s. That was a terrific experience altogether- the place is super fun and beachy and the food is delicious.

We spent a day at Balboa Park. In all seriousness, it would probably take 2-3 days to see everything Balboa Park has to offer, so one full day isn’t saying much. But gosh, the weather was lovely and this is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Skip did some sketching while his sister and I wandered around and enjoyed the sunshine. It was nice to have someone to hang out with while he sketched!

Here are a couple of his sketches:

I’m so glad when he has the opportunity to sketch. It really enriches our travel experience!!

We visited the San Diego Museum of Art which is in the park. Very nice museum and a wonderful way to pass a couple hours while we were waiting to meet the rest of the family for dinner. Here is one of my favorite pieces:

The Madonna of the Roses – Bouguereau

We also really enjoyed a ‘Digital Animation’ exhibit called Fates by artist Nick Roth. It was ten minutes long and completely fascinating. Set to music in a dark room, we found it nearly hypnotizing.

Our visit was much too short. We had to head back home to Oklahoma early to beat an impending winter storm. Man, was it a shock to walk out into the frigid air at the airport in OKC! The next morning we awoke to nearly five inches of snow on the ground. We chose wisely. There were lots of flight delays and cancellations.

There’s so much more to see and do in San Diego but that’s mostly what we managed to do in our few days there. If you are planning a visit to SD and have questions or need suggestions, we’re happy to help!

Christmas in London

It took me a bit to get to this blog. Sorry. I almost didn’t blog at all since we went to London this time of year two years ago. However, I have come to my senses and I want to spend just a moment to tell you how great our London visit actually was.

I think most people who travel have managed to spend some time in London. It’s a fairly common destination. But I don’t think that many have considered visiting during the Christmas season. In fact, when we went two years ago, we were not thinking about Christmas. It was Thanksgiving weekend, after all, and Thanksgiving had come early that year. The night city was brilliant with color, but we only caught a glimpse. That visit, we mostly ventured out during the daytime.

As we left, we agreed we must go back – specifically for the Christmas displays. This year, we did. This trip did not disappoint.

It was cool and drizzly the entire time we were there. We didn’t care. We walked miles and miles around the city at night in the drizzle and we had the time of our lives. It is stunningly beautiful and, in fact, I think the wet streets made our photos even more beautiful.

Each shopping district has its own theme. The lights – angels, snowflakes, stars, whatever- are strung for blocks across and over the busy London streets. One district (Piccadilly Circus I think) had these lovely sparkling angels as far as the eye could see.

Check out my Instagram for more photos and the video of the sparkly angels:

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