I have the good fortune of having family members out West, so if I can swing a flight to San Diego or Phoenix (or Portland OR, though it's not as warm there) then I have a place to stay and family to see.
So in early March, I flew west to spend the last of our official winter thawing out.
San Diego is lovely at this time of the year. Let's face it, San Diego is lovely at pretty much ANY time of year.
I went to visit my dad and step-mom, and not only was it great to spend time with them, the Southern California weather was, for the most part, very cooperative.
We spent the first day downtown, eating great Mexican food (because that's the only kind of Mexican food they have out there) and walking around downtown along the shore.
My dad's house in the hills is delightful because of the huge lemon tree out front and that amazing view out back.
The next day, Dad and I went to Mission Beach to walk the boardwalk and see the sights. And people-watch. If you've never people-watched on the California beaches, you haven't lived.
The next day I visited my friend, Connie, who lives in Pacific Beach with her cool husband and very well-trained dog, and new puppy that is trying to run the show. Connie lives a block from the beach. YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT. So although it was a cool, cloudy day (reality check, once in a while the sun doesn't shine down on Southern California) we walked to the beach, the PB pier, and had fish tacos (of course).
On the last day, which is always bittersweet, the sun came out again and we basked in the sunshine on their hilltop back yard.
Then we went out to lunch and drove downtown along the bay once more. And near the airport, I remembered the one thing I do NOT like about SoCal. That traffic.
Next stop - Phoenix...
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