Southern California Weekends

Like many couples, I’m sure, James and I love taking weekend getaway trips. Living in Southern California means that most of the time these trips are to local areas that we can drive to in a matter of a few hours.  There are so many places in the area we have yet to visit (Hearst Castle, San Luis Obispo, Pebble Beach – here’s looking at you), but we have made it to at least a few. Here are some photos from a couple of our adventures in Southern California thus far.

SAN DIEGO:

We have been to San Diego twice now, which I suppose is relatively a very small number considering Los Angeles is so nearby. We most certainly intend to go many more times (we’ve heard the Zoo is a must), as we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Not surprisingly for us we enjoyed the scenic parts of the city much more than the trending metropolitan areas.  These photos are specifically from our first trip to the city in 2012.

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One of our first stops as soon as we arrived in San Diego was Balboa Park, which was by far our favorite part of the weekend. We spent several hours in the park roaming through the structures and gardens, taking in sunlight, and admiring everything it had to offer.

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As expected the park was filled with families enjoying their weekends and playing by the koi ponds.

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The detailing on all of the buildings was something to marvel at.

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Every single building, big or small, had an incredible amount of detail to contribute to the beauty of the park.

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After Balboa Park we walked back to our hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. We stayed in a lovely hotel where we had rooftop access to admire the downtown area from above.

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We spent the rest of that evening exploring the area.

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James had visited the convention center once before this trip, and was very glad to have this opportunity to see it without the Comic-Con crowds.

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The next morning we headed to Petco Park before heading back to Los Angeles. It has become a tradition to visit the sports complexes of every city we visit, we hope to see many more across the country on our travels.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO:

On a different trip south of Los Angeles we decided to stop by San Juan Capistrano. We did not stay for very long but were very glad to have the opportunity to visit the mission. If you ever find yourself in the area we strongly encourage a stop. We decided to pay for the audio guide tour as we walked through the entire mission.

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We are not particularly religious people by any means, but happily admired and reflected upon the hauntingly beautiful history of the mission.

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This year with wedding planning it’s likely that we won’t be taking as many weekend getaways but we hope to find time at some point to explore at least a couple of new places in the upcoming months.

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