Ooohhh California how I miss you. I was only there for five and a half months which is not that long compared to the ten months i spent in Chicago. I felt like I accomplished so much when I was there. This is where I really started to break out of my comfort zone and explore! I’m kind of, no scratch that I AM an introvert so going out and meeting new people and trying new things is seriously not my forte. I really don’t know what it was about California that made me so happy. There was just so much to do and I didn’t want to miss out!
Coronado Island was my safe haven. I could go there by myself and just escape from everyone and everything. The beaches were beautiful and everyone there seemed so happy, laughing, smiling and running on the streets with their dogs. The environment was just calm and inspiring and i never wanted to leave. But the fact that living there is for basically the billionaires because of the very limited space was my daily ticket back to reality.
The city of San Diego was bustling with activity all the time! Basically anywhere you go in San Diego there will always be something to do, which I loved. They had great shopping and I found myself constantly overindulging in all the amazing food they had.
I started adventuring out and trying new things and instantly got hooked. I went kayaking through the caves in La Jolla, California. It was super fun, beautiful and a good workout too! If you do this try to go close to sunset, the views will be amazing!
I “hiked” (AKA drove to the top and parked at the memorial) Mt. Soledad. Which at the top it has a veterans memorial that is very well done and just amazing to see the history. The view is priceless, looking over the coast of the small town of La Jolla.
Mt. Woodson was an actual hike. It was an 8 mile hike (round-trip) total. It was definitely a workout and the terrain at times was kind of difficult, but I loved the challenge. The views going up and once you get to the top are unforgettable. Breathtaking even. It makes you just want to sit on a giant rock and meditate to take it all in. Quite a few people actually did. I tried it, wasn’t for me. I just kept trying to adjust my body so the rock wasn’t stabbing me in the ankle bone. I have no idea how people do that for hours on end but more power to you! At the very top of the hike there is this awesome rock formation I guess you could say. Some people call it “The Potato Chip Rock” or “The Cliff-hanger”. If you take a picture from a certain angle it looks like you are just hanging over the edge of a cliff of nothingness. In all reality there is ground about 10-15 feet below you. My advice for this hike: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Pack a good amount of water and maybe some snacks but don’t over pack. If you have a professional camera BRING IT you will get some amazing pictures. I only had an iPhone 5s and I still got some great shots but I digress. Start your hike EARLY, like around 0700 or 0730. For one it won’t be as hot, secondly the line gets crazy long to take a picture on the potato chip rock the closer you get into the afternoon. All around it was an amazing hike that I would love to do again.
Knott’s Berry Farm. It’s an amusement park that has about 11-12 big rides and I believe a waterpark but don’t quote me on that. I went when they were doing the deal where military/veterans got free admission. So, me and my friends just paid for the fast passes and rode all of the big rides at least once if not twice. I had a BLAST.
Of course I had to make a pit stop in LA and go to the Walk of Fame! There were some really weird people on those streets haha. So many people dressed up in costumes like celebrities or movie characters and they take donations if you want to take a picture with them. We spent a little too much time at the walk of fame so by the time we made it to the Hollywood sign it was completely dark out and I couldn’t get a picture of the sign. 😦 But we did drive up the little mountain/hill it was on and saw an amazing view of the city lights of LA.
As you could probably tell by this really long blog post I really loved California. Would not mind living there one bit! A lot of memories and great friends were made here. If you ever have the opportunity to go here, DO IT! It is so worth it 🙂