started from the bottom...

Drake's song Started From The Bottom seems fitting for #backthatazzup Friday and today's last vacation post, seeings how Bradley and I hiked a mountain on our last full day in San Diego.

We started from the bottom...of Lake Poway. See what I did there?! 

See that lake way down there. Yeah, that's where we started.

7 plus miles. 2000 plus fee rise in elevation to get to Potato Chip Rock.

To answer your question, no I did not go out on that ledge. There was a line, plus I am not a big of drop offs and ledges or heights. 

We did find out own little rock with no line to hang out on though and take some photos.

Mountain Top Meditation.

After hiking we were STARVING!

If you're in Gaslamp and want great fresh fish, check out Escape.  Not a very large menu, but they do things right.

Sangria is a great way to start the meal.

Then we headed onto Salmon Cakes. They were legit, but the highlights of the appetizer were the picked carrots and jícama

For the meal, meal, I ordered locally caught yellow tail tacones.

Whereas Brad ordered the yellow tail grilled featuring a Cajun spice. Both were excellent, although I think mine was better because it was in wrap form.

Mine came with a plate full side of fries and curry ketchup which was delish.

Es-ca-pe. It's spelled just like the word Escape. (Name that movie).

And in case you didn't believe me when I said I ate my way around San Diego here is one last example. 

Tuesday morning before we flew back home we grabbed brunch at a place in Point Loma called To The PointSuper cute, super friendly staff, and super great breakfast food.

Not to mention a big ass latte.

Just your simple eggs and meat, but the meat was extra lovely chicken apple sausage.

Brad picked whatever option came in wrap form.

We ate outside, but the inside was adorable.

Ugh, and that officially ends my vacation photos. TAKE ME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure you are tired of hearing about it, but I just want to keep reliving it.  Good news is, the sun is coming back to Portland for the weekend, so I can just pretend I am at the beach instead of my apartment pool (totally the same thing) Actually, I don't even think our pool is open yet, stupid Oregon weather!! 


<3 BB


ate my way around coronado island

I think my favorite day of vacation was our trip to Coronado Island. It is a 15 min ferry or water taxi across the water and we spent the entire day there.  Walked around shops, went to the beach, and ate multiple times throughout the day obviously

Oh whatup multi-million dollar yacht?!

View of downtown San Diego from the water taxi.

Our first stop was food (weird, I know).  We walked to the other side of the island, which was about 10 blocks away and went to a cute little coffee shop / diner called Clayton's

There was a little wait to get in the restaurant, so we got coffee while we waited.

Their coconut chai was quite lovely. Brad got a mango, pineapple smoothie that was also yummy.

The diner area was cute, but small.

Not actually my coffee cup, but I took a picture anyway, because I am a creeper like that.

I went with the Turkey, Bacon, and Lettuce Sammie, but the best part, hands down, was the pickle.

Brad went with the (I think) Rib Eye Panini.

After food we headed over to the beach which was lovely, we proceeded to hang out long enough to get burnt and then left for more food (weird)

Next food stop, Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge for happy hour.

We split the Poke Tacos which featured sashimi and a wonton shell. Yes please.

Their sweet potato fries were no joke.

Since we split both options, we obviously had to walk next door for ice cream.  They say Moo Time Creamery is the best ice cream on the island (not sure who they is). Can't pass that up. 


Holy Moly their peanut butter ice cream was probably the best peanut butter ice cream I have ever had.  Rich, creamy, and wonderful.  Plus, the peanut butter flavor wasn't overpowering. Their Espresso was also great! 

As you can see, Brad really enjoyed his apple pie flavor.

Double fisting!!

On our walk back to the water taxi we stopped by the community pavilion to listen to a concert that was in honor of Memorial Day. Civil War tunes for days! Being in San Diego during Memorial Day Weekend was awesome, because there is such a large Military presence there. It was quite patriotic.

Perfect ride back to the city that evening.  Each day was so packed with fun things that by the time we would get back to the room we were exhausted in a good way and didn't have many late nights out.  Not that it should surprise anyone, staying up past midnight is late for this grandma.

Come back tomorrow for my last post on SD fun Scout's Honor :)


<3 BB


we saw turtles doing inappropriate things...

Among other things on our trip to San Diego, which we are officially back from (wahhhh) and I want to share all the fun Bradley and I had to make you jealous!

Our first stop after our rental car and breakfast at a place called Perry's was the San Diego Zoo!!!!!!! It's huge (twss). We spent over four hours there. Highlights included: giraffes, watching two turtles do inappropriate things, and the lion feeding. 

Why do giraffes just rock?!

So close to the lions.


Next up, we stopped at the beach near our hotel. The hotel was nothing to write home about, but it wasn't really an issue, since we were hardly in it. Mission Beach near our hotel was quite nice though. Since the beach was only about 5 mins from our hotel, we ventured to this one a few times throughout the weekend. It is home to Belmont Park, which was fun to walk around, but we didn't do any of the rides. Also, go to Sand Bar for fish tacos. Yumm! 

Obligatory stop to In-N-Out: check. Workout the next morning after In-N-Out not as enjoyable.

For our second day, Brad's friend from DC, who now lives in LA, came to hang out and we hit up Mission Beach in the morning and then headed over to Torrey Pines for an afternoon hike.  The views were fantastic and there were plenty of trails to check out.  We probably hiked around 5 miles by the time we were done. 

I didn't really get many photos of one of my favorite places we went for food and drinks, but if you're in the Gaslamp area of San Diego make sure you check out The Hopping Pig. Great vibe. Great Gastropub. Great Beer. Great food. 

Come back tomorrow for more San Dego fun! (oh and Friday too, because I am about to make you sick of SD by the time I am done posting about my vacation. Can I go back yet?! Work is zero fun compared to playing in San Diego, not to mention the rain I had to come back to in Portland. Boo, you whore. 


<3 BB