San Diego Adventures, Spring Break


April 3, 2014 by erikacsc31

Hi all! Me & the family enjoyed a nice little getaway to San Diego last week. At the very last minute-I’m talking 1 am that morning-we booked our hotel and left later that same day. I took a few days off, but due to a busy work schedule, we hadn’t made any plans. Actually, sometimes I like the spur-of-the-moment plans. Leaves no room for my indecisive, annoying self to contemplate (bless my poor hubby for his patience with me!).

We found this little gem: Estancia La Jolla.


Courtyard, La Estancia La Jolla

Best part about it? It was one of the only decent hotels with room availability and good ratings on Trip Advisor. After checking for Groupon deals, we found this same place was offering a deal. We were sold. It’s such a cute place! Check it out if you plan on visiting La Jolla. I will definitely be revisiting.

We managed to squeeze in LOTS in three days. Our first day there, we settled into our room and checked out the grounds. There were so many picture opportunities! Maybe one day I’ll have the opportunity to take pictures of a lovely couple there. 😉

After exploring we headed straight to the Mission Bay area to Belmont Amusement Park. Chris made me get on the roller coaster. He got a kick out of my being terrified. He even made it a point to let everyone in line know I was scared-including the little girls eagerly waiting to get on. What happened to me? I didn’t used to be such a chicken! Any who, I managed to get over it and try some other “daring” activities” there. We went to dinner before calling it a night.

Next day, we explored La Jolla. We ate breakfast at a cafe and strolled through the shops before checking out Sunny Jim’s Cave. Afterwards, we enjoyed the ocean view, stood among the stinky sea lions, and went for a hike along the trail at Torrey Pines Reserve. Afterwards, Chris was eager to get in on some heated-pool action at the hotel.

Other side of Cave

Other side of Cave

Walking Down, Sunny Jim's Cave

Walking Down, Sunny Jim’s Cave


View From Inside

View From Inside




Stinky Sea Lions

Stinky Sea Lions

Chris playing



Our third day there, we decided to head toward the city to the San Diego Zoo… not before having my favorite meal of the day at The Mission Restaurant! Ginger chilaquiles and soyrizo con papas. Need i say more? (Mexican peeps: you know what I’m talking about! Nom nom)

The weather was so perfect. I recommend going this time of year. We’ve gone early summer, and it’s just too hot and too crowded. There were no crowds, and since it wasn’t too warm, the animals were out and not just sleeping or looking for shade. Well, I guess that’s not the case with Mr. Polar Bear lol

Mr. Polar Bear Lounging

Mr. Polar Bear Lounging

One of my must-do’s for photography inspiration was to visit Balboa Park. It ended up working out perfect because it’s so close to the zoo. I knew Balboa Park would be really nice based on pictures I’ve seen, but I didn’t realize how much there is to do there! Only regret is not getting there sooner to check out the museums and the Japanese Friendship Garden. WOW! Just the view from far was breathtaking! First thing that came to mind again was: I really, REALLY want to take pictures of a couple here! So beautiful! So, if anyone’s interested in engagement, anniversary, just-because, or just-for-love pictures, holla at me! Please!  🙂

Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden-no filter!

Below are a few pictures of us exploring Balboa Park.







And look what I stumbled upon! A bride and groom ❤ Chris was like, “Mom. Mom! Turn around!” He knew how excited I would be. So, yes. Stalker status-I took some pictures! he he 😉



A stranger was nice enough to offer to take this picture of us below 🙂


So Chris is getting to an age where getting a snapshot of him is like pulling teeth. Pictures below are the best I could do. He wasn’t having it.


Made him laugh!

Made him laugh!

Chris was a good sport about taking pictures with his momma…okay only after I scolded him.  I discovered something on his face & my reaction is completely candid.




He got a kick out of it….



Finally, pictures below are by Chris! LOL, normally I would NEVER post these, but I was impressed by him!



0J8A1625Well, that’s all folks! It was a very nice, relaxing family trip. Best part about it is how much fun Chris had. He’s getting to the age where soon, everything will be boring. I was expecting complaining. Nope. He actually enjoyed spending time with us! Couldn’t be more grateful for mi familia. 🙂




8 thoughts on “San Diego Adventures, Spring Break

  1. Jen says:

    Beautiful pics! Love my sweet Chris! You keep getting better! U go glen coco!! Love your #2 fan since Steph claims she’s your #1 lol!!

  2. joanna says:

    Very nice place and the pictures show it! THANKS MY SWEET!! for capturing great moments and sharing them with the world!!!…love you E

  3. Susan Lee Loy says:

    I really enjoyed your blog. It is so wonderful that you shared your trip to San Diego. For me, it means so much. xoxoxo

  4. Stephanee says:

    What can I say… You get better with every post! Your pictures were beautiful sissy 🙂 I think I’ll take you up on that impromptu photo shoot at the gardens! Hopefully when I go down for Spring Break?! Keep em’ coming 🙂

    Love, your #1 fan ❤

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