San Diego Getaway

It took me five and a half years from start to finish, but I’ve finally earned my MBA! To celebrate, Robby and I took off for a few days of fun in one of my favorite places, San Diego. We had a fantastic time…almost makes up for the horrible time I had in Italy, haha. The timing was extra good since my sister Anne was graduating from UCSD that weekend, so we were able to cut down our travel distance.

We started our weekend getaway on Thursday by driving to Balboa Park for some museum-hopping. We hit the Miniature Railroad Museum and the Air and Space Museum. Needless to say, Robby loved both of them! The highlight was getting a special private tour of the Air and Space Museum from a chatty docent named Verne. We learned a lesson: don’t ask the retired volunteers questions unless you have several hours to spend getting the answers! All kidding aside, the tour was very cool, as were Verne’s stories about meeting famous pilots.

Balboa Park!

Miniature Railroad Museum

Robby enjoying the Air and Space Museum

My favorite part of the Air and Space Museum--historical flight attendant uniforms, haha.

After our day at the museums, we headed out to Point Loma to check into our hotel–a funky little midcentury modern place called the Pearl. It was a fun little place, complete with boxed water, a betta fish, and a sweet pool and lounge area.

Boxed water in the hotel room

Our temporary pet fish, Presley

Hanging out poolside at the Pearl

After checking in to our hotel, we ate dinner at the restaurant downstairs. After dinner, we drove out to downtown San Diego for some nighttime sightseeing, and a trip to the most awesome restaurant ever, Extraordinary Desserts.

The dessert we chose: a caramelized chocolate lava cake!

The next day (Friday), we woke up late and then headed down to the Cabrillo National Monument. We spent some time wandering through the tidepools and the museum, and then looking out over the harbor. After we visited the lighthouse, Robby noticed that one of the aircraft carriers was pulling out to sea. We looked up the ship’s number, and learned that it was the USS Nimitz headed out to Hawaii. We had a great view, and Robby declared it the highlight of the whole trip! :)

Tidepools at Cabrillo Monument

Robby giddily watching the Nimitz leave port

We had a great view of the carrier!

After seeing the Nimitz off, we headed up to Ocean Beach to visit another amazing place: Lighthouse Ice Cream, home of the waffle ice cream sandwich. (Are you sensing a theme here? I’m kind of a dessert-aholic!) They take two hot, freshly-made waffles and spread ice cream in the middle. Sooooo good!

Enjoying my waffle ice cream sandwich

We had lunch after our dessert, at a pizza place in Ocean Beach. After that, we drove back to the harbor area to people-watch and enjoy the lovely afternoon. After getting our fill of the fresh air and sunshine, we drove up to La Jolla to check in to our second hotel. We drove out to UCSD to scope out the parking situation for Anne’s graduation the next morning, and then had dinner at the Rock Bottom Brewery. By that point, we were pretty tired so we headed back to the hotel for an early bedtime–especially because we had to get up at 5AM the next day for the graduation, yuck.

Saturday morning started way too early as we headed out to the graduation. It was a long day, but worth it to see my little sister get her college degree! After the ceremony, my family had lunch at Miguel’s, and then Robby and I settled in for our 3.5-hour drive home. The drive was way too long, but we were happy to get home to our sweet dog. And she was happy to see us!

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