I’ve finally come down from my California high, no pun intended there folks. This was the first vacation, in a while, where I was a little sad to see the New York skyline again. This vacation was extremely satisfying for many reasons. First of all, it was my first solo trip that I planned for (even though I was able to spend an amazing day with my friend, Michelle, the last day I was in town) where the only person I needed to think about was me, and what I wanted to do. It was my first time on the west coast since I was 10, and it was the first trip where I was able to really relax and enjoy my own company without fear of discomfort or judgement. I truly enjoyed planning my full three days in San Diego and decided to focus on one area each day, so Thursday I decided to stay in La Jolla, where I was staying.
This was the view from my “bungalow”. (really a small guest house, where my friend Melissa stayed while attending the University of Califorina-San Diego [UCSD])
The time difference caught up with me later in the day, but before my power nap turned into a major snooze fest I was out the door at 9am looking for breakfast. Being a member of the theatre world, I was able to reach out friends from apprenticeships and college asking for great places to eat and things to do while visiting San Diego. Lucky for me, my day one meals were planned by my friend Michael, who had just earned his MFA from UCSD, and who I knew from my Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprenticeship five years ago. He suggested I head over to Caroline’s Diner for an al fresco breakfast with gorgeous La Jolla Beach views, so I did 🙂
The views were amazing! The food, delicious! The coffee, bottomless (haha). All in all, it was a great kickoff to my trip and couldn’t wait to head over to the Birch Aquarium, a quick drive away.
Traveling solo, I was able to have conversations more easily with workers and other tourists while exploring the San Diego area, and the aquarium was no exception. I ended up having a great conversation with one of the employees working out by the tide pools and the one thing I remember quite strongly was her order to “breeze through the rest of the aquarium and head on over to the zoo!” The rest of my day was kind of up in the air, and since I hadn’t been to a zoo in a while I decided to take her up on her suggestion. Little did I know, that the San Diego Zoo is a national treasure and a leader in animal and nature conservancy! But before reaching this conclusion it was selfie time at the Aquarium to document that I was, indeed there.
Off to the zoo!
Unfortunately, between Google Maps, remote blog and Instagram updates, phone calls and text messages, oh yeah, and the pictures I was taking, my phone didn’t live long enough to see the zoo (sad day for all). But I did take pictures as I journeyed through the zoo itself. Click over to storipass.com to see me before boarding the tour bus and holding a “baby panda” before I got a chance to see the Pandas (soooo cute, and ferociously hungry haha). The Storipass ID# is SZ1TF259479.
After charging my phone at Guest Services, buying a Koalifornia (love) magnet in the gift shop, and talking with an actor for about 20 minutes about the Nature Conservancy initiatives the Zoo funded, promoted and carried out, I was headed back to La Jolla for a power nap before heading to Coronado. You probably saw this picture on my Instagram feed. Alas, the Coronado trip did not come to pass that evening…
Until Day Two!