Hello, San Diego


Last week I picked up and headed west to visit San Diego and one of my good friends, Jaime Derringer of Design Milk! San Diego was the last major city in California that I had left to visit and I couldn’t wait to pack my bags and get airborne. Not even a sinus migraine or delayed flights could hold me back!



After landing much later than originally planned, Jaime and her beyond adorable daughter picked me up at the airport and drove me directly to the source of all things good in the world – fish tacos at Rubio’s, the supposed birthplace of my favorite Mexican delight! Now that’s a friend.



The next morning I worked them off (and then some) when we went hiking at Torrey Pines. I complained a little, sweated a lot, but couldn’t have asked for a better view along the way. The area is so well maintained, it’s seriously impressive.



I loved all of the crazy foliage everywhere, not so much the rattlesnake holes.



After a few trails we drove down to the beach and stood in the freezing cold water, then walked along the edge a little. I was busy looking for shells and realized the west coast is all about rocks. I collected four smallish ones and proceeded to unintentionally carry them along everywhere I went for the next few days in my purse. Let’s just call it extra weighted cardio, shall we?



I fell in love with this unattended lifeguard stand against the rocky outcropping of the reserve behind it.



Next we headed over to La Jolla, where I promptly picked out several seaside homes to live in that I can only ever dream of setting foot in let alone affording. The little details of the town are what really stuck out to me (well that and the bazillion foot tall palms), and the juxtaposition of an Armani Exchange next to a local shop selling seashell wind chimes was a treat.





I loved this woman sprawled out in the middle of this park with her pink bike and pink outfit!







What happened next was this animal lover’s dream come true. SEALS!



We walked out onto the seawall and I was in heaven, I swear I could have stood there for hours observing these flubbery, flippy-floppy guys!



I promptly picked out my favorite – the light brown guy just to the right of center – and a few minutes later realized he wasn’t a seal at all. Instead he was the lone sea lion on the beach! Such a Kelly thing to do.



We stopped for lunch at the sweetest converted house, Cody’s, where Jaime had the best fries ever and my chopped salad was amazing. I think I could have sat there for hours under the shade of all their umbrellas admiring this little modern building.



When we got back to Jaime’s I was just about as exhausted as Lulu the English Bulldog looked.

The adventure continues… 

  • Cori Magee

    June 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Love this post. I used to swim really far out in the La Jolla cove and I always thought I would get married in that pink hotel that overlooks the ocean until I grew up and realized how stupid expensive it was.

  • stephanie

    June 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm Reply

    As a slightly biased Californian, I love this post! The SD area is beautiful, and you captured the coast wonderfully. I, too, pick out my favorite among groups of animals-so funny!

  • rooth

    June 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm Reply

    It certainly looks like you had a wonderful time – I hope you have a tan to show for it as well 🙂

    • Kelly

      June 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm Reply

      well right now it’s a peeling sunburn that’s slooowly turning into a tan. 😉

  • Jaime

    June 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm Reply

    lol @ Lulu’s FML expression. Permanent sadface.

  • Kelly J. R.

    June 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm Reply

    I love exploring new places and it sounds like you had the perfect guide to show you the best places. Thanks for sharing!

  • Samantha

    June 28, 2013 at 7:29 am Reply

    Been there. Love those crazy seals arguing over a square foot of beach.

  • olivia

    June 30, 2013 at 10:33 am Reply

    Welcome to SD! You went to all my fav places! Hope you had a great time!

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