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In the words of Ron Burgundy – Stay classy San Diego

Arriving in San Diego, our most southerly destination on our American road trip, we stayed with a couple, who mentioned there was a ‘restaurant walks’ on, on the day of our arrival, which we should get tickets for. Basically it’s an event, where we had a voucher with 30 numbers on, the numbers coincided with 30 different restaurants on Adams Avenue (a street in San Diego), at each restaurant we were given a sample of their cuisine and the number on the card was marked off. Now, I wasn’t even on number 8, and I was already feeling full – however we both managed painfully to get our cards marked to number 30 – it took a huge amount of effort believe me, however it was a really enjoyable day…

The next day we headed to the beach to catch the surf – called Mission Beach, the beach had the same look and feel as L.A’s Venice beach – people roller skating, muscle beach, street performers etc. We took a bike ride around Balboa Park, a huge park in the middle of the city.

One of the many beautiful buildings in Balboa
One of the many beautiful buildings in Balboa

And we visited Old town, which marks the site of the first Spanish settlement on the U.S. West Coast and features 12 acres of Mexican lore and historical sites – it was a tad on the touristy side, but informative nonetheless.

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Say Cheese…

During our stay in San Diego it was Tom’s birthday (it’s hard work organising birthday’s in a foreign land) however I succeeded. For his birthday breakfast I took him downtown to Donut Bar – the best donut shop in San Diego, and some even say America. I’d called ahead and got him a specially iced donut – they were yummy…

Special Happy Birthday Donut
Special Happy Birthday Donut

 

The size to scale
The size to scale

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The donut menu
The donut menu

Next on the cards was a walk up Potato Chip Rock – you’ll see from the pictures why it gets its name – essentially it’s a thin piece of rock that juts out from the cliff face. The walk was 8 miles in total, 4 miles uphill/4 miles down, and it’s safe to say I’d probably picked the worse day for it, ridiculously hot, and a heat advisory issued at the walks entrance, saying we must carry 2-litres of water per person, in addition to a rattle snake warning, oh and a mountain lion warning  – what a treat Tom had install for his birthday. Despite thinking I wasn’t going to make it, we made it to the top and got some great photos…

Many Advisories
Many Advisories
On top of Potato chip rock
On top of Potato chip rock
Potato chip rock - storm brewing in background
Potato chip rock – storm brewing in background

Just as we started our descent a thunderstorm started brewing, and 10 minutes in to our way down the storm was upon us, so severe we had to take shelter, as the wind would’ve knocked us off our feet – it was literally Bear Grylls style, crouching down from the wind, lightning and rain… Drenched, exhilarated and down right knackered we made it to the car park in one piece… Next on the list for his birthday was a tour around Green Flash brewing company – San Diego is renown for its craft breweries, so thought Tom would like a taster.

Green flash brewing company
Green flash brewing company
Green Flash
Green Flash

Oh and I almost forgot we got to try a Cronut – the latest donut craze which has only just hit England – it’s basically a crossiant donut, it was yummy!

Bacon and Maple donut
Bacon and Maple donut

Leaving San Diego, we had a few days to kill before we headed to Las Vegas to celebrate 4th July – owning to how hot it was, 36C we had to take a rain check on the activities we planned inland, as we’d planned to go to Sequoi national forest, or Inyo, instead we decided to stay on the coast to pick up the breeze, therefore we headed to Dana Point, North of San Diego, staying with a lovely couple Sam and Alex, who we felt right at home with and had lots in common…

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