August 6, 2012

santa barbara

I just got back from a weekend of camping on the beach in beautiful Santa Barbara. We were lucky enough to snag the most sought after campsite at El Capitan, rated #1 by Sunset Magazine. Our friends Sarah and Sean booked this place 6 months in advance! I had never been that far up the coast, but it was definitely worth the 4 hour drive. Just steps away from the ocean, we could hear the waves crashing all night while we bbq’d and lounged around the fire.

July 23, 2012

san francisco

I had the best time in San Francisco this past weekend, catching up with friends and all kinds of amazing food! Leaving straight from work last Friday, Ryan and I hopped on a 6:30pm flight and found ourselves on the 33rd floor of The Grand Hyatt just a few hours later. The hotel made a mistake with our reservations and we were upgraded to an awesome room, facing a beautiful view of the SF cityscape.

Although I love calling the beach bubble in San Diego home, this hilly metropolis was the perfect change of scenery for a mini vacay. I loved finding our way around the city, relying only on public transit. I’m not a big fan of driving, so it was nice to be carted around as the tourist for a change. Of course I had to go to The Golden Gate Bridge and order clam chowder in sourdough breadbowls at Fisherman’s Wharf. But the best was just people watching. To me, SF is the most east coast feeling city on the west coast, probably because of its history and architecture. Downtown, everything is a little more fast-paced and congested compared to San Diego’s laid-back beachy vibe.

July 9, 2012