Wednesday, August 12, 2015

honeymoon - san diego!

The next stop on our honeymoon adventure was San Diego/Chula Vista!  After driving through endless traffic in California we were so excited to be at our hotel and see the beach the next morning.  Nik grew up right next to the beach in Sri Lanka and hadn't been in the ocean since he left in 2007 so we decided to go down to the beach late that night.  We drove over to silver strand state beach, parked the car, and sprinted to the ocean together.  Nik told me he was going to run straight into the ocean with his clothes on as soon as he saw the water but he refrained that night since it was really dark and a little chilly.

The next morning we headed to imperial beach for the day.  When we got there no one was in the water and there were a bunch of signs saying the water was contaminated and to enter at your own risk.  We relaxed on the beach and eventually went into the water once we saw some other people get in haha.  It was crazy for us to see the helicopters patrolling the Mexican border all day.

After swimming at the beach we decided to head up north a little bit.  We stopped at the San Diego Marina to see all the sailboats.  It was so pretty and we wish we could have gone on a sailboat ride.  We enjoyed our time at the marina with all the boats and palm trees.

Afterwards we headed up to mission beach for dinner at La Playa Taco Shop.  My family stayed at the hotel right by it a few years ago and we loved eating there so I decided Nik and I should go.  We then went and swam at mission beach and walked along the boardwalk.  Nik loved mission beach and said it was his favorite part of San Diego.

Later that night we decided to go up to la jolla beach to watch the sunset.  We got there right after sunset because of traffic but it was still really pretty.  It was chilly out so we didn't stay too long there.  Our ride home was intense because the roads were tiny and should have been one way only streets but these huge SUV's were trying to fit down the opposite side.  It was a tight squeeze!

The next morning we headed over to Coronado.  Nik and I thought it was so fun driving over the tall bridge.  We decided to swim in the bay since we went to three different beaches the day before.  While we were swimming the water became all sandy.  We looked down to see what was happening and we saw a stingray!

Nik played volleyball with some kids and then we headed over to Point Loma.  I think Point Loma is so pretty because it isn't developed at all.  We went down to see the tide pools but couldn't really see anything because it was high tide.

It was fun to watch the surfers and to see them get stuck in all the seaweed that was there.  Since there were a ton of big storms recently all the beaches were covered in a ton of seaweed.  We loved watching the waves come and hit the rocks while trying to splash us.

Nik decided he wanted to try getting splashed by the waves so he went down to the lower rocks.  This big wave came in and he got completely soaked haha.  That's what he got for trying to cool off a little.

We decided to head on our way to our hotel and noticed that the San Diego temple was close so we stopped by.  It was so beautiful.  We wish we would have planned more time so that we could have gone inside.  We'll just have to come down to San Diego again soon!  It was a fun two days in San Diego.  I would say our favorite part was mission beach.  It just had this relaxing feeling and we felt like we were in a little piece of paradise.  Onto our next destination, Newport Beach!

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