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Taking A Weekend Out To Explore San Diego!

On a recent trip to San Diego (San Diego, Los Angeles, Temecula, and Palm Springs are all relatively close to each other), I thought it would be neat to hit up some “local” spots that I never do unless my friends are present. I wondered, “How would it feel to explore this majestic history with so much to do… but all by myself?”

Mind you, this was a good year ago. I am not the type to back down from a challenge or, really, anything so I loosely planned a whole weekend. I gave myself enough leeway that if I wanted to explore a hotspot, I would be able to squeeze that in or be open to skipping on another spot. Also, I did not alert my friends that I would be in town since I figured I would hit them up very last minute, if I really needed to. The idea was to explore the city on my own, after all.

Mission Bay

I started with a low key walk at Mission Bay. I chose the parking lot with the basketball hoops and since it was early on a Saturday morning, the scene was stunning. I swear Mission Bay is one of those spots in San Diego that looks like a live painting, if not a picture perfect post card. I took pictures of the water, the background, people enjoying themselves in their daily exercise routines and shooting hoops. I made sure to stay in the moment. After two hours there, a friend called me…

Apparently, she had seen me post a picture of Mission Bay and wanted to know if I was in the area. I didn’t want to lie to her so confessed that I was in the area. I also told her my purpose. She is a really good friend, so we decided to meet up in Gaslamp Quarters.

If you are not familiar with San Diego, The Gaslamp Quarter is a historic part of downtown San Diego. We grabbed a drink (it was 11:00 am!) and then headed to a casual pizza join known as Bronx Pizza, which I love very much.

A bit unexpected but loved catching up with her. On a crazy, once-in-a-lifetime decision, we decided to hit up Mexico! We decided to go with one of our Mexican friends since it was our first time going. However, while we waited for our friend, she hit up this one San Diego marijuana delivery dispensary and can I just say how impressed I was?!

What Happens In Mexico, Stays in Mexico?!

I won’t go into details about the Mexico trip but we were there until Sunday morning. On Sunday, I went to the La Jolla Cove, which literally translates to “The Jewel”. I took a leisurely stroll, took a few pictures, and took the scene in once again. Then I headed over to Hillcrest to catch a drink at one of the local spots there with my friends.

pacific beach san diego

While my intent didn’t get fulfilled, I did have quite the experience in Tijuana with the locals and everything was so cheap, compared to San Diego. In fact, I am thinking of spending a whole week split up between Tijuana and San Diego as I have tons of places to explore and people and experiences to take in. If there is one lesson I learned this weekend, it was to keep my mind open and to experience more of life… without making any assumptions!

Road Trip Of A Lifetime

This summer, my focus will be on traveling, cars, and writing about my summer adventures in my blog. This summer, for the first time ever, I will be joining my two best friends and we will start in Mexico.

The Road Trip Of All Road Trips!

As I stated, I will be driving to San Diego, to this heavenly spot called “La Jolla”, which literally translates to “The Jewel”. From there on, we will pick up a friend who lives Tijuana and spend a week there, sight-seeing since he is a local there. We will be pooling together our savings so we can buy cheap groceries when/if we camp, stay at hotels and motels (mix and match as needed), pitch in for gas and insurance money, and what have you.

The next thing we will do, after a week in Tijuana, we will head back up to La Jolla and spend another week there, exploring all the fun things and hikes to do in San Diego. I want to visit Torrey Pines Reserve, Cowles Mountain, Three Sister’s hike and that’s after all the local bars I hit up!

From there, we will arrive in LA. We will go here rent a Lamborghini in LA or OC. This is the part of the trip that we are still debating about but I’m confident that experiences like these are once in a lifetime. So what if it’s a bit more on the expensive side?!

When again will we ever get such an opportunity? When again will we ever be this young and without responsibilities again?

Ideally, I’d like to drive a sweet Lamborghini up to Big Sur, at least. Perhaps we will rent it for the day and ride it locally. Just one of the many things we will do!

We will also spend a weekend in Big Bear before hitting up LA. I’ve never snowboarded so I am looking forward to doing this. My friends have snowboarded before and they have agreed to give me lessons.

Other locations on the list are: Palm Springs, Big Bear, Monterey, Morro Bay, San Francisco, and possibly Seattle. This all depends on how our budget goes, how long we choose to spend on each spot, and the activities we may opt for. Some of the activities will include water boarding, boating, fishing, camping, coastal driving…

Let’s see what else we will be up for!

Big Sur Coast California

Getting Over Your Fears By Doing Your Favorite Activities

It’s funny how once I… made up my mind to tackle my fears head on, how my life has changed. Let’s take a very specific example. When I was young, say, around me teens, I developed a healthy fear of water (ocean and pools) as I almost drowned in the ocean a couple of times (they floor gave way without me realizing it). Of course, if you take a look at some of these amazing San Diego beaches and bays, your fears may be temporarily calmed!

For a fourteen year old kid, nothing is more terrifying than her lungs filling up with harsh, salt water, and not being able to catch breath.

This unhealthy fear followed me the next few year as I watched my friends and family have fun poolside while I pretended to enjoy barbecuing. I’d flip through my favorite Surfer Magazine and enjoy the pictures but… have comforting thoughts such as, “hope that great white didn’t eat the crap out of him/her!”

False comforts, those are called!!!

What Changed?

One day, a few of my college friends decided to rent out boats and canoes lakeside. These include inflatable floating devices. As scared as I was, I decided to flip more than burgers: I took a fun, little dip with my friends. We ate, we laughed, we swam!

I joined them on an inflatable boat thingy and I loved it!!! Right then and there, my best friend (a Southern California beaut!) told me to check out kayak reviews. I found so many cool items like tandem kayaks and canoes that I could split with my buddies. In fact, I got the slightly more expensive two person (or well, tandem) kayak and now I’m tempted by this hard-shelled beauty (even though I have no storage options):

heritage two seater

Now, when I come out to Palm Springs, on the way back home, I make a stop at my friend’s house where I stay for a couple of nights. We both merge together our water toys (my inflatable one, their jetski, and a canoe) and we fish, play, laugh, whatever!

If you are not careful, you can let your fears overrule the joys you’d otherwise experience in life. For all the ebb we experience, we also need to push for the flow. If you’re afraid of something, conquer it. If you can’t do it alone, find friends and family who will! That is the secret to anything terrifying in life and as you get older, life doesn’t seem to get easier.

My advice? Get over your fears the best way possible: with your friends who love you, doing the things you love, with an open mind and an open heart 🙂 Grab your favorite toys and conquer your life!