Friends & Sunsets – San Diego, CA
We’re almost at the end of our 2-month stay in San Diego. I know this makes me sound like an old geezer, but our time here has really flown by and I’m kinda amazed that we’re already into the second month of the year. The upside is that we got pretty much everything done that we wanted to while we were here. I went home to Europe for Christmas and Paul’s mom came over from Miami to see us (that was the first month gone) and then we downsized the storage (which was the whole reason we stayed the 2nd month).
The latter was our biggest challenge and I’m happy as a puppy-dog-on-bacon to say that we’re finally DONE! We worked on our storage every single day for at least 3 hours/day and sometimes even AM & PM. In the end that dedication paid off and the entire project took just 2.5 weeks to complete which was waaaaay faster than we expected (we honestly thought it would take all month, and we weren’t even sure that was enough). We’re down to only ~10 boxes and a few knick-knacks of our most precious stuff (to us) and that amount just barely covers 1/3 of the space in our new 5 ft x 5 ft. At some point in the future we may downsize further (who knows), but for now we’re happy with the deal we got and ready to move back to our travels.
So now (believe it or not) we’ve actually got a few days to spare so we can just relax (whopeee!). And San Diego, as those of you who’ve followed the blog for a while know, is a mighty fine place to do it.
This was the city where we started our RV journey over 6 years ago, and I have to admit it still holds a special place in my heart. Not only is it my fav beer place (possibly in the world!), but it’s got near-perfect winter weather (even El Niño hasn’t been that bad here), lots of great dog-friendly beaches (both leash & off-leash), many outstanding farmers markets, historical gems, lighthouses (well, one anyway) and plenty of water-front biking trails & cool urban parks**. It offers all the craziness of a big city together with the laid-back atmosphere of a surfer town, making it a rather unique mix. And the myriad of little communities, from “hippy” Ocean Beach to upscale Del Mar, means you can find that perfect place no matter what your yearning. As a winter RV spot it’s hard to beat and when we’re done frolicking around in the desert boondocking (which we also love) we come here to soak up civilization & play at being beach-bums. It’s a pretty darn good life.
We’ve also had a fair bit of company. Being the hot-spot it is, San Diego attracts many of our RV buddies and we often see the same cats passing through here year after year. Our very good buddies Island Girl Walkabout came in last month and we spent every evening we could hanging out with these lovely folks and their adorable doggie Angel. Not only do we thoroughly enjoy Hector & Brenda, but we were able to soak up their extensive Canada-RV knowledge (they’ve traveled TONS!) and drool over Hector’s always lovely pictures, as well as share lots of good food & beverages (of course).
We also managed a few evenings with Tales From The Scenic Route (right before they flew off to Asia), and have been hanging out on and off with The Roaming Pint, DiveDriveDevour, Metamorphosis Road, and Nosh Bus, all of whom have been parked in the same park as us for a month. Plus we’ve met lots of other blog readers, fellow bloggers and friends who’ve either passed thro’ the area or said “hi”. We’ve not had nearly as much time as we’d normally like to hang out, but the few nights we’ve shared have all been good.
But one thing I always make time for is sunsets. There’s something special about the mix of surf and setting sun that you get on a west-coast beach, and although the winter sunsets here aren’t always as consistently spectacular as those in the desert, they can be pretty darn amazing in their own right. My favorite sunset (ever) was probably Dec 25, 2012 (click HERE to see the pics), but El Niño storms this past month have have offered up several evenings of excellent cloud/water combos well worthy of camera clicks, and being only 5 walking minutes from the water means there’s absolutely no excuse for me to miss them. During our past 2 weeks of storage wars, much of which we spent locked inside our storage “bunker”, my favorite part of the day was coming home to that final sweet, fiery, soul-touching moment of color….ahhhh!
So, we’ve got about a week more and then we’re off. I’ve got a few more blog posts scheduled to finish here, and then our next stop is going to be yet another exciting project that we’ve teased about many times, but just haven’t gotten around to doing. All I can tell now is you is that you’re going to Like it, it’s got tons of super-cool Features, and we’re Psyched like newbOrn babies 4 the whole thing (I know, I know I’m such a silly geek :)) I can’t wait!!!
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