Out & About | San Diego

Torrey Pines State Beach

Once upon a time, we almost moved to San Diego. My husband had a job prospect, and we even flew out with the kids and toured the area with a realtor, looking for a new home. We had pretty much come to the decision that we were going to move, but at the very last moment, my husband had a bad feeling about the job, and everything that had spiraled into motion had suddenly stopped. I’m thankful Someone was watching over us because that “feeling” ended up being a very good thing as the project he would be working on folded the next year.

Torrey Pines State Beach

In spite of everything that happened, I do have a soft spot for San Deigo. The year-long mild weather, the gorgeous warm beaches, and sprawling suburbia (yes, I’m a self-proclaimed suburbanite who likes her Target close by). Don’t get me wrong — Marin is warm and beautiful, but things tend to be a tad “old” around here, and I’ve never been partial to earthquakes.

Torrey Pines State Beach

So when our family decided to go to San Diego for the second half of our vacation (mostly due to my brother-in-law’s desire to run a half-marathon), although it would add a couple extra hours of driving to our trip, I was looking forward to lazily putting my toes into the warm sand. Ironically, it turned out to be one of the coldest weeks — it even snowed one evening!

Torrey Pines State Beach

For some reason, I don’t remember a ton from this leg of the trip, but I do fondly remember two things: the beaches and getting cookies each night at our hotel. The pictures above are from Torrey Pines State Beach and the ones below are from Solana Beach.

Solana Beach, San Diego

Solana Beach, San Diego

Solana Beach, San Diego

I love how these seagulls are standing evenly distanced apart. I wonder if they know they’re doing that.

Solana Beach, San Diego

And there were lots of folks “kite surfing” (I had to look that one up) — it was a great day for kite surfing because it sure was windy and FREEZING!

Solana Beach, San Diego

Kite Surfing Solana Beach, San Diego

Seems like fun as the sails pull them up into the air — you can kind of see that here in the distance.

Kite Surfing San Diego

I just like these other pictures because they’re calming and help me to forget how cold it actually was.

Solana Beach, San Diego

Solana Beach, San Diego

Solana Beach, San Diego

We also got to see a great view of San Diego. Yelp is my friend when it comes to traveling, and once again, my friend was very good to us and led us up to Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial, where stands a cross monument overlooking a 360-degree view of the city.

Mount Soledad, San Diego

And yes, the sky was actually that blue — well, at least with my polarizer on — if you don’t have one of these yet, you should get one :).

Mount Soledad

Mount Soledad, San Diego

I don’t have many pictures of food from this leg of the trip because I don’t think San Diego is really known for their food. I’m sure there are a bunch of San Diegoans who would beg to differ, so please do share your secret favorite spots. I would love to know!

Iceskimo

We did eat lots of shaved ice — which is my husband’s favorite thing, so we must always ALWAYS go get shaved ice whenever we’re on vacation (and often multiple times).

Shaved Ice

Since we decided to take the long way back home, we cut across from Interstate 5 to Highway 101 and drove through Paso Robles, which from a prettiness standpoint was one of the highlights of the trip for me. Fog, snow, vineyards, rolling hills — all of it!

Paso Robles, California

Paso Robles, California

Polarizer in action once again for those deep blue sky (I think it wasn’t turned the right way in the picture above which is why there’s a gradient, but not too shabby for a “through-the-window-along-a-fast-moving-highway” shot).

Paso Robles, California

Paso Robles, California

Interstate 5

And this snow! Missed seeing it having grown up in Chicago, or as some have grown to call it this past winter, “Chiberia.”

Highway 101, SF to LA

Highway 101, SF to LA

Highway 101, SF to LA

Highway 101, SF to LA

Highway 101, SF to LA

We weren’t even driving along the actual coast on Highway 1 (which would have taken 14 hours!), yet we still got to see all of this beauty. California really is such a gorgeous place!

So that concludes my winter vacation, and although we saw so many beautiful things and ate lots of great food, the best part was being together as a family and making great memories, even if part of that included driving together in a 12-passenger utility van.

Once again, if you have any great suggestions for places to visit or to eat at in San Diego, please do share. I’d love to hear about it!


30 comments

  1. Beautiful pics!!! What, it snowed in SD?! Crazy! Tim also had a few times where a job he declined folded the next year! God is good! Are there any good shaved ice places in SF?????

    • Thanks, Alvina! Yes, God is good — glad that everything worked out with Tim! I’m not sure of shaved ice places in SF, but definitely south bay and east bay — we just went to one in dublin that the hubby said was his absolute favorite :)

  2. You make San Diego look so good, I want to jump into the frame. And the shaved ice looks great too! Btw, even I do that – take shots out the car window from a fast moving car. Yours turned out brilliant – specially the one with the cows and the one after that – are those vineyards?

    • Thank you, Vibha! I love taking shots out the window, but my husband doesn’t care for it, particularly when I have my camera right in his face :). I think those are fields of vegetables actually. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Thank you, Stephany! La Jolla is beautiful — we unfortunately didn’t get to stop by that area this time — I do hope to return and show my kids the sea lions!

  3. What a beautiful world you live in :-) These are such great landscape shots, I hope to visit San Diego again soon ~ really a piece of heaven.

    • What a beautiful world we “all” live in! Thank you for your gracious comments, Randall! I’m always blown away when I see views like these — hope you can visit San Diego soon!

  4. Wow, Neely. You transported me right to SD with these images. Those shots from the car are amazing! What SS did you use?

    P.S. I am within walking distance from Target, myself. I sort of love it. ;)

  5. Neely, beautiful work. My husband used to call San Diego home, and I keep wanting for him to show me his former stomping grounds. We’ve also been curious about Paso Robles – is that where you captured the image of the cows grazing in that paradise of blue & green?

    • Thank you, Tricia! I bet your husband would have a wonderful perspective on San Diego — especially knowing all the secret treasures and hideaways unknown to tourists. Yes, I believe Paso Robles was where I captured that image. There is a highway that runs between Interstate 5 and highway 101, and it is simply gorgeous!


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