Thursday, June 4, 2009

sunny san diego?

Brad and I have decided to avoid traveling in the future to celebrate our anniversary. I have no idea how we lucked out with a beautiful, warm, sunny June 1st wedding day because most of our anniversaries since then have been cold or rainy, or both, at least wherever we happen to be on that day. Who would expect such weather in June?

In 2003, we traveled to Virginia Beach to celebrate our first anniversary and endure 50 degree, rainy weather the entire time. We have pictures of us sitting on the beach in jeans, jackets, and SOCKS!

In 2005, we traveled to Miami for three days to celebrate our third anniversary. Again, it was chilly and rainy for the entire trip. We laid on the beach once, for only about 45 minutes during a cloudy period, before the rain resumed its constant drizzle.

In 2006 and 2008, the blazing hot days triggered severe thunderstorms, which precluded our outdoor dining plans at Iron Gate Inn and Tabard Inn.

This year, we spent five days in San Diego, and while the last day, our anniversary, was the warmest weather of the trip, we still experienced five days of dark gray skies, mist, and chillier-than-expected temperatures. I lived in a cheap velour jacket from Target the entire time. We never dressed up, because we would have frozen in the clothes that we brought with us. We had hoped to lounge at the pool or beach to recover from the marathon, but both were completely out of the question. I'm a little sad that Brad, who had never been to San Diego, missed the beautiful sunshine that characterizes San Diego. I worry that he'll always think of San Diego as a gloomy place, which is anything but the truth!

Because we didn't have beach or pool time, we actually did more sightseeing than we expected to. We visited Hotel del Coronado, the San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Park, Torrey Pines Golf Course, and Soledad Natural Park. We also ventured into a number of neighborhoods: Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Little Italy (twice), Old Town, La Jolla (three times!), and Del Mar (twice). We rented a car two different days and spent one day driving to all of the beaches where we wished we could sunbathe! The walking and getting into and out of the car, though painful, were probably good for our legs after the race. By the power of Facebook, we connected with DC friends who were also visiting San Diego, and reunited with an old college friend of Brad's who he had not seen in over ten years!

Special thanks to Derek, who recommended that we check out Del Mar Plaza. We enjoyed appetizers and drinks there last Friday evening. What a spectacular view! And Allison, your TWO restaurant recommendations actually netted us FOUR meals, as we visited each place twice, something we rarely do! We loved the ocean terrace at George's at the Cove, and the restaurant in Little Italy that you couldn't remember the name of, but told us to "look for the line out the door"? Yeah, well, we found it with no problem at all. At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, the line was out the door and all the way to the corner. Our pre-marathon pasta gorging session only cost us $36 including tax and tip. We loved it so much that we went back for pizza on Monday night, and drinks, salad, pizza, tax, and tip only came to $29. Gotta love the hole-in-the-wall, cheap-but-delicious, Italian restaurants.

Although the weather was a little gloomy, we still had fun. Now that I know about the May gray/June gloom phenomenon, I'll think twice about planning a another trip to Southern California during those months.

1 comment:

Allison said...

I'm so happy you ate well in not so sunny San Diego! I love La Jolla! Congrats on finishing another race and your finish time!