Well it’s been a blessing that I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t had much time to focus on my own projects, but things finally calmed down just enough for me to play catch up! At the end of January I was able to take a quick two day trip to San Diego with a dear friend of mine. She was going out there on business and even though she was working from sun up to dinner time, she thought I would love a chance to explore with my camera on my own. I can’t stress this enough, have friends who know your needs and love you enough to suggest such a thing. It was a perfect break from the chaos of work + mom life. No one needed anything from me, for a blissful 48 hours. I loved every minute of it.
I rented a car and drove up and down the highway bouncing from beach to beach breathing in the fresh air and feeling the ocean spray on my face. ALONE. I can’t stress the alone part of that enough. As moms/wives we tend to hear a constant stream of noise that starts from the time we wake up (usually to a kid staring us square in the face) until our eyes close at night. As much as I love my husband and my friends, I had never been on any type of trip like this where I found myself alone for a large portion of it. I didn’t think I’d like it that much, but turns out it’s pretty amazing (for a couple of days that is).
I hiked the hills of Torrey Pines, alone. I visited the Japanese friendship garden in downtown San Diego, alone (ironically with my best friend in town). I bounced from La Jolla children’s pool to Scripps pier, back up to Point Loma to watch the tide pools crash into the walls of the cliffs, ALONE. I didn’t speak to a single person for most of the day, listening to any song I wanted on Spotify (no angry children hollering they don’t WANT to listen to my choices). I didn’t pressure myself to photograph anything in particular, to get a certain amount of images. Most of the time I didn’t even take my camera out of the bag. I just enjoyed God’s beauty all around me and enjoyed the freedom. I guess I shouldn’t say I didn’t speak to anyone, I had an ongoing conversation with God throughout the entire trip. Every 5 minutes I was praising Him for everything. All His amazing works in the cliffs, the waters, the formations and praising Him for allowing me to be able to be there. It was truly a blessing He provided, and one I will forever be grateful for!
In the end I did come away with some images I deemed worth of adding to my Etsy shop. Here are the ones I added, if you click on the images they link you to my Etsy shop to purchase them online.
With or without kids, the sea lions at La Jolla children’s pool are definitely worth a visit. I could have watched them flop around all day.
I spent one of the days doing nothing buy hiking. From Torrey Pines hiking trails to The Scripps Pier beach area, and rounded it out with the Point Loma tide pools hiking trails and historic lighthouse. I have to say, with as much hiking up cliffs as I did I totally thought I’d shed a pound or two, but alas this trip couldn’t be that perfect.
The Japanese friendship garden in downtown San Diego was worth the trip. The flowers were starting to bloom and all of the koi ponds, streams and water features were incredibly peaceful and relaxing. I went here towards the end of the day (after hiking all morning) and basically sat around falling into a trance depleting what energy I had left.
I somehow managed to muster up enough to zip across town to the Sunset Cliffs to watch the sun go down. My marathon exploration trip of San Diego was such a fun little treat! I gave myself a super quick recharge of the batteries, added some works to my Etsy shop and had a couple of great dinners with one of my best friends. Praise God for all of it!!