San Diego Recap

8:00 AM

Only a month overdue...but better late than never, right?

Our flight left early Thursday morning and we arrived in San Diego around 3:00. We stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt where the conference was held (which is a super nice hotel!). Once we got checked in, we went to the bar on the top floor of the hotel for a drink and snack before Brandon had to go to a short meeting.

The hotel bar was on the 40th (top) floor and our room had just as good of a view from the 26th floor. I love that the hotel was on the bay, so we had a great view of the bay/marina area.

This is from our window

That night we went to the Padres vs. Dodgers game. Even though we visit my grandparents who live across the street from the Baseball Hall of Fame, I don't really keep up with it. Apparently the Dodgers and Padres are HUGE rivals. Throughout the course of the game there were two major fights on the field. It was pretty crazy. Unfortunately, those fights had nothing on the fighting that was going on in the crowds. I had seriously never heard such crude language in my life. If I had counted, the group behind us probably said the F word 500 times (I'm not even exaggerating). They were obviously drunk and just looking to get in a fight. They were hollering at anyone that would listen and jumping across the sections to try and get into other people's arguments. Needless to say, numerous of them ended up getting arrested. 

Everyone wanted in on that fight.

Friday, Brandon and the other attorneys were in their conference all day, so I ventured out to the San Diego Zoo. The zoo itself is huge and they have a lot of animals. I've only ever been to the Asheboro Zoo before, and this was very different. The Asheboro Zoo does an amazing job of simulating the animals natural habitats. This makes it harder for you to see the animals up close, but they're much happier. At the SD Zoo, you are very close to the animals. Their cages/habitats also don't seem to be big enough for the animals and to me, it looked like a lot of them were sad. 

Friday night we went to an amazing seafood restaurant, Osetra. After dinner, a few of us ended up at an Irish Pub. It was extremely crowded because an awesome band was playing. We discovered and upstairs bar area where no one else was. We had the entire upstairs to ourselves, could see the band, and had a waitress bring us drinks. It was perfect. I think the one we were at was The Field. The bouncer was my favorite too. He had red hair and an Irish accent and I asked him where he was from (Ireland, duh Kelsey). I asked him how he got over here and he said, "A plane." That is so my type of humor/sarcasm. 

Saturday the conference was over by noon, so we all went to lunch and walked around Old Town. We went to Cafe Coyote which was a very highly rated Mexican restaurant. The building itself was huge - it took up an entire city block. The food was delicious and they served enormous margaritas. Their tortillas might have been the best part. They were homemade and so good.

Old Town is really neat and it almost feels like you're in Mexico. They had lots of neat little shops with authentic Mexican clothing and other knick knacks. They also had garden after garden filled with succulents. 

After we walked around Old Town and before dinner, Brandon wanted to go check out the USS Midway. We didn't have enough time to go on it, but I got a picture of B near it. Close enough, right? 

Saturday night we went over to Coronado for dinner. The firm was entertaining clients that night, so there were a lot of us. We ate at Peohe's and it did not disappoint. Almost everyone was ordering seafood, but I was excited to see they had a sushi menu. I had been dying to have California sushi and it was amazing. You could tell all the ingredients were extremely fresh. The view at Peohe's was just as good as the food. We were on the water and it was neat to be able to look at the bay from the other side.

Sunday morning we packed up and headed back home. We had a great trip and it was fun to get away. I'd never been to the west coast and definitely want to go back again. The biggest things I took from this trip are to make sure you pack comfy shoes (which I did) because you'll walk a lot, and to make sure you check the lows, not just the highs - and always pack a jacket. I learned the hard way with that one and was definitely not prepared for how chilly it got at night. Other than that, it was an amazing trip and I look forward to many more with Brandon (and the firm)!

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