August 31, 2016

December in San Diego #2

Part 2: no plans, no worries, you won't get bored anyway.

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When Patrycja was done with the conferences, we could finally drive outside the city for longer than just the evening. On my side, I wanted to go back to Torrey Pines because there was still an entire half I didn't see and also it's a place worth sharing! 
All over the reserve, the path are strictly delimited to protected the wildlife. The signs everywhere saying that we would be kicked out otherwise motivates us to respect this rules.
Since it was low tide when we decided to come back, we could join the shore and walk our way back along the sea.
Still, don't expect sand here, it's actually rock hard!
Near the entrance of the reserve
San Diego is one of the oldest city established in California, thus, it's not only about sea and desert, there is also the Old Town, well kind of. Actually, it's more a theme park now and it's even registered on the California State Park list. What better way to kill every bit of authenticity than tagging it "park"? Well, it's still a nice place to visit, Zorro and Sergeant Garcia were missing, though.
We didn't really know what to think about this Old Town, and actually nobody told us it would be amazing. On the contrary, every person we met who have been to San Diego before told us about Balboa Park. Huge, green, full of things to do, in the middle of the city. Here are how we can describe Balboa Park, a perfect place to stroll, eat an ice-cream and appreciate the diversity of the architecture (in a good way).
We could visit the city every single day and continue to discover nice places, still we wanted to see what's around and make the best out of the few days left here. We had the rental car, we said "Let's drive!" About 2h30 later we were in the middle of nowhere: Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Halfway between the Moon and Mars, we managed to find a trail with an oasis in the end!
There is a campground near the begining of the trails, not crowded
For the very last day, we decided to go to Ocean Beach and walk on a pier so gigantic that they put a restaurant on it! The place is almost empty but it doesn't matter, Pati orders some tacos and I take a burger, but fun fact: a restaurant on a high pier actually moves a lot as the wave are crushing! Kind of disturbing, but not enough for our appetite. Then we headed south to see Cabrillo National Monument but also driven by our "what's further?" way of visiting places.
I'm sure how, but this van was definitely shortened!
On the pier
Whale backbone, Cabrillo National Monument
Cosy place
The view of San Diego Bay from Cabrillo National Monument
Cheers.
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