Head in the sky and feet in the sand: A Weekend of Connecting in San Diego

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How about a weekend in San Diego, hanging out with my dear buddy Troy, checking out some sights and watching the Air Supply show? Count me in!

Arrived in to San Diego on an unusually hot day, greeted with a big smile and full on hug. Troyyyy! With not much time to spare before he had to report to the concert venue for work, we landed at a cool little place called The Living Room Coffeehouse. It felt like we were eating in a treehouse. Enjoying our small window of time together under the shade of a ginormous tree. Troy is one of those friends that makes you feel good the minute you lay eyes on him. Glowing with a warm energy, totally easy going and always smiling and happy to see you. What a delightful, albeit brief interlude.

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My friend Troy. One of the sweetest, most genuinely cool people I’ve ever known.

I dropped him off at work and started a day of exploration with my little man Elliott.
We made our first stop at the bay, sitting in the shade of the Palm trees on soft green grass, staring out at millions of boats, taking in the cool breeze off the water.

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What a gorgeous day to be by the bay.

Feeling rejuvenated, we made our way to the Sheriff Museum in Old Town.
What a fantastic little museum! Full of educational history and artifacts, staffed by incredibly friendly retired Sheriff Deputies who are more than happy to share their stories with you.

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Impressive collection of Sheriff badges!

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You play, you pay. Sally and Elliott locked up for having too much fun.

Took a stroll through Old Town looking in shops and people watching before I came upon a mariachi band concert…in a shady park. Ahhhh!
You would never know these talented musicians were kids from Chula Vista High School! Such a festive happening!

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Casa de Estudillo. 1827 Spanish architecture of the first settlers in the area.

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Immaculate Conception Church in Old Town San Diego. Love it! Look at that blue sky!

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Old Town San Diego is a spicy blend of cultutral activites, shopping and dining topped off with fascinating history.

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Art sculptures in Old Town San Diego. There’s a new Sheriff in town.

Drained by the hot sun, we retreated to the hotel for nap time

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Absolutely pooped out after a long day in the sweltering coastal heat.

and a little dip in the pool

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Ahhhhh aquatherapy.

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Lushly landscaped pool areas are a must!

After a salad and a shower, I was finally ready to head over to the show!
I was really looking forward to an evening of Air Supply!

Humphrey’s by the Bay is a fabulous and intimate outdoor venue, nestled behind the hotel and bordered by the boats on the bay. The foliage is so thick, you feel as though you’re in some hidden tropical destination. Really cool!

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Humphrey’s by the Bay. What a super fantastic outdoor venue. Can you see all the lights of the boats in the background? What a perfect concert setting!

Please see my forthcoming review of the show, but in a word, spectacular!

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Graham and Russell of Air Supply. Wow. Can you say “staying power?”

Got to hang out for bevvies after the show… what a memorable evening! My how time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

In the blink of an eye, it was morning and I had to say so long to my friend. Even on no sleep, Troy is a happy camper! So sad to see him go. I have such limited social interaction here in LA, that my time with special people is beyond precious to me. My dear friend Troy. So very thankful we are still so close after all these years. Wow!

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Sleepy but smiley after a great night! See you soon my friend!

Once again returned to solo status, I decided I better fuel up for another day in San Diego with Elliott. And what better fuel than vanilla French toast delivered to the room?

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Perfect start to my Sunday morning. Vanilla french toast and pineapple coconut water. Yummmm!

On a whim, I found myself at the Junipero Serra Museum (Founding Father of California Missions) in Presidio Park. Awesome find!

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The Junipero Serra Museum in Presidio Park above Old Town San Diego. What a treasure!

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The site of the original Mission has been turned into a preserve/park and the bricks used to make this cross were found among the ruins. What a wonderful tribute to Father Junipero Serra! The “Father” of California Missions.

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The site of the real first Mission settlement in San Diego’s Presidio Park.

Drove through the historic Gaslamp District. What a bustling, jumping part of town! Mostly restaurants and bars, with a few boutiques thrown in. This section of town is definitely thriving.
Good to see all this action!

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Historic Gaslamp District in San Diego is full of restaurants of all kinds.

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Hard Rock Cafe…An oldie but goodie!

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The hustle and bustle of the Gaslamp District on a Sunday afternoon.

It was already blazing hot and silly me, I thought we could cool down at the coast. Cruised through Ocean Beach and ended up at Sunset Cliffs National Park. Whoa!! This scenic stretch of coastal driving, looking out over the cliffs. Just stunning. The dirt and sand were so hot I had to carry Elliott to save his paws from burning. We squatted for a few minutes watching kids jump off the cliffs into the water below while screaming all the way down. Poor Elliott wanted to jump in and cool off, and I did too! SO HOT!

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Sunset Cliffs National Park in Ocean Beach. You can drive or walk along for miles.

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Elliott yearning to jump in and cool off!

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Reminds me of Cabo San Lucas. Just beautiful!

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Rules are for fools not cools, right?

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Come on…everyone’s doing it! Kowabungaaaa!

Our last stop for the day, Mission San Diego de Alcala. It is now 95 degrees outside and I’m melting. I won’t let Elliott’s feet touch the ground. This is insane heat for the coast. But alas, we forge ahead.
Southern California’s first mission. Beautiful architecture. Fascinating history. Lovely and lush landscaping.
Peace. Serenity. Quiet. We made our way through the self guided tour, fanning us with the brochure to avoid fainting. I’m pretty sure I sweat off 6 or 7 pounds as I wandered the grounds of this historic monument. I have such an attraction to Missions and religious art. They are simply intoxicating to me.

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MIssion San Diego de Alcala. Southern California’s first offical Misson founded in 1769. Stunning!

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The cathedral of Mission San Diego. Note the stone cross on the floor in honor of a slain Father in a brutal attack.

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Fray Junipero Serra. What a pioneer and religious hero!

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Fountain at Mission San Diego de Alcala. I love all the colors, textures and shapes in this photo!

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The iconic symbol of Missions, the bell tower.

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As Elliott and I made our way back to Manhattan Beach with the A/C blasting and the stereo turned up, I ruminated on this weekend with a bittersweet taste on my tongue. I’m so incredibly lucky and grateful for my weekend adventures, they have exceeded any and all expectations I could have ever had, but the good times always seem just a little bit better when you have someone great along for the ride! Thank you Troy for sharing a moment of your hard earned and well deserved life with me this weekend. What a special treat that our paths could finally intersect. You’ve come a longggg way, baby! Maybe all this Air Supply music is getting to my brain but here’s my thought for the weekend: Whether a passing moment, a fateful night or a life long bond, our spirits need to connect with others in a loving way. And just like the hokey pokey…that’s what it’s all about.

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3 thoughts on “Head in the sky and feet in the sand: A Weekend of Connecting in San Diego

  1. What a great trip! I’ve been through San Diego, but have never truly seen San Diego. Thank you for putting a little piece of the beautiful history into the forefront! I can’t believe how hot is has been and continues to be.

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