Stop and Smell the Ocean

Thursday, July 5th was our last full day in San Diego.  After I squeezed in my 1 mile run near the hotel, we were on our way to La Jolla, CA.

We sat out on the rocks watching the surf for quite awhile.  

It was rather peaceful just sitting there, watching and smelling the ocean without the constant, “Can we go…when can we eat…I need to go potty..what are we doing here…why can’t I go swimming..”  Ahhh…

I could live here…you know, if these people would move out and just hand me over the deeds to their homes!

Later we were sitting on a bench, overlooking the ocean, taking the views in and I got this Tweet!

I jumped up and did a full blown happy dance right there on the sidewalk, K says a passer-by took my picture as I was being ridiculous. But hello!!!!  Runner’s World just mentioned me and Bean in a Tweet they sent out – not a reply they sent but an actual Tweet they sent.  That was worth dancing for, I thought!

After a couple of hours of staring at the ocean in La Jolla and enjoying the silence we decided we were hungry.  Kinda bummed there was nothing in the area that we could sit, eat and watch the ocean.  Using my handy TripAdvisor app on my phone, I found a couple of places nearby.  I was really craving a shrimp cocktail and that’s exactly what I got!

From this place!

Fabulous!  I told K it might be the best shrimp cocktail I ever had and for $4.95, it was FABULOUS bargain!!!

In the same parking lot was this place:

So we also got some fish tacos (mostly because the fish market was so full and there was no place to sit – you may already be aware of our dislike of crowds)!

The tacos were great and they used a huge piece of fish in each of our taco’s.  So fresh and not fried, it was wonderful and very filling!

This house was near the restaurants.  I’d happily live here too, again, if said owner wants to hand me the deed!  🙂

We decided we’d go back to Mission Beach/Pacific Beach because we wanted some place we could have a cocktail and watch the ocean.

We wound up at P.B. Ale House and had this as a our view!

We quickly ordered up some beers!

K and I enjoyed some amazing ceviche that had quite the kick to it!

The view did not suck!

The beers and ceviche didn’t suck, either!

The company was the best!!!

It was a great day!

On Friday we drove home to hell Phoenix but we were so thankful for the 2 days we had to enjoy the cooler temps in the San Diego area!  Ahh..

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3rd and 4th of July in San Diego, CA!

From my experience, if you live in Ohio – you vacation in Florida!

If  live in Phoenix, AZ – you vacation in San Diego, CA.  Or at least escape to there any given weekend you can between the months of hot as hell and hotter than hell  May and @ September!

K hates the heat in Phoenix, he begins insistent whining from the time the thermostat hits over 90* until it drops again.  It’s a really long season, K’s whining.

We ran away to San Diego after work on July 3rd!

Along the way there’s Dateland, AZ.  Have you ever stopped for a shake?  I don’t care for dates so, no shake here.

Weird palm tree formation in Dateland.  I wonder if this is an attempt to block the sound from the train?  Or is it a secret oasis?

Sunset on I-8 westbound to San Diego!

Our only plans for the weekend were to ride/run along the beach.  So around 8:30 am on 4th of July we headed to Mission Beach.  I was completely surprised by the crowds already gathering at the beach.  I knew the fireworks would be popular but I hadn’t anticipated people setting up camp so early.  (In Phoenix, it’s too hot for us to go out too early in the day on July 4th.  Most people wait until much later in the day to start before they venture out!)

K was ready for his 2.5 hour ride!

I was ready for my 13 mile run!

This was a view along my run!

At least that was my view for the first quarter mile!  The path along Pacific Beach to Mission Beach was very, very crowded. I loved it because it was a massive distraction from thinking about the running. There was so much to watch out for, I couldn’t even escape in to thoughts.  K found me multiple times along the route and we agreed it was far too crowded to try and do the complete 2.5 hours/a.k.a. 13 miles.  So at 7.19 miles, I quit.

We headed to World Famous for lunch!

Happy Birthday, America cocktails!

After lunch we walked along a pier and watched the surfers!

Loved these shutters!

Saw this bumper sticker and it made me smile!

After we cleaned up back at the hotel room, we took the Trolley in to the Gaslamp District.  The trolley was full of so many people making their way in to downtown to watch the fireworks!

The Gaslamp District was practically empty and it was around 5 pm on a holiday evening!  We stayed in this area just a couple of years ago so we knew it was extremely uncommon to be so empty!

We had a beer at the most adorable Irish pub I’ve ever been to!

K got a craving for ice cream so we went to Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop!  I immediately had my sights set on the Gold Rush!   Can you spot the layer of peanut butter??

Was astonished with how empty the place was…speculated everyone was staking claims in spots for the fireworks show!

Loved the details on this building!

Overheard someone on the street say it use to be a brothel?

We finished our adventures with a cocktail at a restaurant near the trolley station!  I loved the shape of this glass, for whatever reason!

We were feeling silly and enjoying our kickback afternoon!

We understood the fireworks show was at 9 pm. It was nearing 8 pm so we decided to start making our way out of downtown.  We briefly discussed staying for the show but neither of us like crowds and we didn’t want to deal with the crowds trying to leave one single part of town at all the same time.  I kinda felt like we were old and grumpy because we didn’t want to bother even when we didn’t have children to worry about.  But…I hate dealing with crazy crowds more than I worry about being an old grump!  So we made our way back to the safety and comfort of our hotel room!

Once we were up and about on Thursday, July 5th, I read a posting from a friend on Facebook, living on the east coast, about the epic fail fireworks show from San Diego on 4th of July!  OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The entire 18 minute show exploded in 15 seconds.  I can not even begin to imagine what the crowd was like making their way back after all that.  If people are setting up camp a full 12+ hours before the show, they can’t be terribly happy, patient people when things don’t go according to plan. I am so glad K and I had made the decision to get out of town!

Did you have an epic fireworks fail this year?

What time do people in your area head out for a fireworks show?

I think Disneyland puts on the best fireworks show.  Who is your favorite?