Exploring the California Coast, March & April

“We travel not to escape life

But for life not to escape us….


Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”

— Pico Iyer

California!  We understand now why so many people come here and never leave.  As William said after a couple of weeks, “What’s not to like?!” We relished the great weather, vibrant cities, stunning mountain and coastal vistas, majestic redwoods, tons of varied activities, friendly people, farmer’s markets, and the list just goes on and on.  The absolute highlights were our visits with Hunter, my brother Joe, and our beautiful niece Julianne.

After close to six weeks traveling along the California coast with a few zigs inland we realized there is still so much more to see and do. We hope to get back after the snow melt in the higher elevations.

San Diego, March 8-22

It had been some time since we’d been near the coast.  Red rock canyons, high deserts, and various new terrains had so captivated us, that we didn’t realize we missed the coast until we saw it again.  San Diego’s location along a beautiful bay and the Pacific Ocean drew us in immediately. We relished our time and spent two fabulous weeks taking in as much as we could.  Hunter took a flight down from San Francisco joined us for a weekend – a real treat!



Old Town San Diego


Historic Mission in Old Town San Diego


Beautiful sunset view from our park overlooking Mission Bay.  Trails and parks line the waterfront.  Young and old could be seen at all times of day walking, biking, swimming, playing volleyball, yoga, soccer, etc.  Great place to be active.


Awesome Live Music at a Hat Store in the Gaslamp district = good draw.


Almost bought it!


Hunter at the USS Midway


Toured the USS Midway.  We saw the F4 Phantom.  My uncle, Jim Blandford, flew the same type of aircraft as an Air Force pilot during Vietnam.


Del Coronado Hotel.  The Coronado Beach (dog friendly!) was one of our favorites.


St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade in Balboa Park


Fabulous art museum in Balboa Park


Stunning architecture at every turn


One of numerous parks in the area, this one in La Jolla, with the city of San Diego, bays, and Pacific Ocean in the background.


We found a fabulous dog park within Balboa Park.

6 Comments on “Exploring the California Coast, March & April

  1. Your wonderful photos brought back a lot of memories of the first time I was in the San Diego area when I was 20. Looks like your wonderful adventure continues! Enjoy!

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    • Hi Tracy! Isn’t it amazing how a picture, a sound, smell or some small detail can transport you back to a place you’ve been before. Miss you guys. Guess you’re getting ready to head out soon? Safe travels and hope the salmon season is a great one this year.


  2. So glad to hear you are still loving this adventure! And I am loving taking it with you. thanks for the wonderful Saturday start. We miss you but know you are having an awesome time!

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    • Thanks, Val! We miss you and David too. As you know all so well, traveling with the one you love is an amazingly awesome experience. We’re definitely having a blast. Best to you guys.


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