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San Diego: Day 3- Jan 6, 2012 

Another day of perfect weather. We started off with a lovely breakfast cooked by momma Janine, comprised of eggs, stove toast and nutrigrain bars. We made some gunky peanut butter & jelly sandwiches to bring with us for lunch and headed to La Jolla Cove. The views of the ocean there are absolutely amazing. Between the surfers, pelicans, seals, beaches, coves…just everything made it one of my favorite places instantly. We climbed on the cliffs and explored the beaches, stood just a few feet away from pelicans and sun bathing seals, and saw squirrels that actually looked healthy. It was all awesome.

After La Jolla, we explored North Park, the area that Kirk lives in. We found a bunch of record and antique shops. Then when Kirk got out of work we went to Sunset Cliffs for the sunset, but unfortunately it got too cloudy to really see anything. Still, it was beautiful like everything else in California.

We spent the rest of the evening downtown in the heart of the city and checked out a few bars. The first place had karaoke, but they failed to let me sing Pearl Jam, so I wasn’t too impressed. After that we went to a place called Wet Willie’s- which totally made up for everything else. It was an actual smoothie bar, with endless frozen booze smoothies. Me & Ashton had delicious Pink Pussies as some guy named Daryl tried to hit on us and Janine. He knew instantly that we weren’t from Cali (which triggered a Jersey Shore discussion/comparison), thought Ashton was a lesbian (typical), and that I was her girlfriend (also typical). I’d say it was quite an entertaining night overall.

Las Vegas bound tomorrow.

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San Diego: Day 2- Jan 5, 2012 

Waking up and stepping outside into perfect, sunny 80 degree weather, and then remembering that it’s January is simply amazing. The air didn’t even feel real. Then walking into Starbucks to get a cold drink and noticing the air conditioning was on was another shock. I love escaping winter.

In our attempt to find the San Diego Zoo, we stumbled upon this artists community full of little shops and studios, displaying tons of different artwork. It was totally my type of place. A vibrant outdoor space full of palm trees and art? Yes please. After exploring there for a while, we went to the zoo, where we’re pretty sure they forgot the animals. So we rode the skyfari and took the worst guided bus tour ever. The animals we did see, however, were so close you could practically touch them, like the giraffes and the furry camel with a deflated hump.

We spent $75 at the grocery store on Doritos & peanut butter&jelly sandwich fixings before meeting up with Kirk to go to Ocean Beach. We walked the entire pier in the dark and saw amazing views of the ocean and beach and city. Something about the smell in the air instantly made me feel at ease. After watching the huge waves crash against the pier for a while, we walked around the shops in OB, before getting the best burritos ever for dinner.

I really don’t think I could ever get sick of warm weather, palm trees and the ocean. Or burritos.