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Monday, November 6, 2017

San Diego Adventures, Part 2

Now for Part 2 of our San Diego trip! (If you missed Part 1, you can see it here.) Next on the agenda was Balboa Park. I had seen pictures of this place and wanted to stop here during our trip. This area is full of the coolest, most intricate architecture. I believe the style is called Spanish Revival. There are museums and other fun cultural stuff going on here too, like musicians singing and playing music while you walk by.


We strolled through the park and enjoyed seeing all the cool buildings and fountains all around.


We didn't go into any of the museums since I worked in the morning, so we just had some of the afternoon and night to explore. The lily pond, below, is apparently one of the most photographed places in Balboa park. 


It was a really pretty area. I've seen pictures of it at night, and it looks pretty awesome then, too. 


After the park, we took a bus down to Coronado Island. We got to the beach just as the sun was setting, so we watched the beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean in Coronado.


It was one of the prettiest sights we've ever seen. It just seemed to go on forever, and last so long. Like an endless sunset.



As we watched the sun set on the beach, right behind us was the Hotel del Coronado. It looked so huge, and we explored it a little later. It's basically a resort, with shops and restaurants, and it all seems so nice and upscale.


Coronado was another favorite spot of the whole trip, just because of how beautiful it was. We really felt like we were in paradise and didn't want to leave!


I captured a few pictures of Trent dipping his toes in the ocean, and they're some of my favorites photos from the trip. 



I got my feet wet too (I don't think there's a photo), but of course my jeans got completely soaked at the bottom when the waves hit the shore! It was so pretty though, that I couldn't let soggy jeans ruin the night, that's for sure.


How majestic does the Hotel del Coronado look with the pink sky behind it? Also, fun fact - the movie, Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe was filmed here!



We decided to walk down to the hotel and check it out, along with finding a restaurant there to eat. As we walked around the hotel grounds, the sunset lingered even as the sky got darker. I've never been to Hawaii, but I think this may be what it would look like!


We couldn't get over the views.


We ate at a nice little pizza and wine place outside of the hotel called Eno. There were all these little outdoor patio restaurants there, and it was just a nice and cozy vibe.


Also, thank goodness I was right next to a heater! It was a little chilly at night.


Our dessert was the best part. It was a s'more cheesecake, and it was AMAZING! I highly recommend it if you're ever here. Go to this place just for the dessert, seriously.


When we cut into it, it was all marshmallowy and gooey inside. The best.


The next day, we went downtown again and ate at the Stone Brewing Tap Room, another place Trent wanted to try. It was right next to Petco Park, where the San Diego Padres play.


Trent had a flight with a few different beers, and we both got flatbread pizzas.



The pizza was good, and the vibe inside the tap room was kind of hip, modern, and relaxed.


There were even some board games, a couch, and an oversized coffee table if you just wanted to have a couple drinks with friends and hang out. Not to mention some pretty cool art on the walls.


After Stone Tap Room, we went back downtown to the Seaport area. We hadn't yet gone over to where the Maritime museum or the old ships were, so we decided to check it out.


We just walked a while by the bay and enjoyed the scenery. It was probably the first day since we'd been there that it got really hot out and actually felt like California weather!

There were maritime themed statues there, like the giant "kissing" statue below, based off of the famous World War II photograph.


Then there was a cool Bob Hope memorial, where it played a recording of his voice in the background entertaining the troops.


We didn't go into any of the ship museums, but it was cool to see them all up close. 




In the evening, we headed down to Ocean Beach to see the sunset and the pier.



We took a bus down, then had to walk a while and just barely made it there in time, but I'm glad we made it there to see the sun setting again over the ocean.


We wanted to go to Sunset Cliffs afterward, but didn't have much time before it got dark, so we walked along the rocks and made it as far as we could by the cliffs.



It was a pretty walk by the ocean, and it got rockier as it went on.


It eventually got too dark to see anymore, so we stopped and watched what was left of the sunset before walking back and catching the next bus.


I'll leave you with this last bit of sunset for now. :) Part 3, and our last day of the trip, is coming up! Stay tuned to see how it ended!

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