After our adventures in the mountains at the SoCal Mountain Rendezvous, we had the great pleasure of being hosted by Mike and Dana (parents of Erica from Song of the Road). They were so generous and warm, we felt lucky to have spent some great times swapping travel stories, eating many delicious dinners, and drinking countless bottles of fabulous wine. Mike and Dana – if you are reading this… thank you again so much for your hospitality and we can’t wait to run into you two again!
Southern California is pretty darn awesome. We made our way through Los Angeles (which we will have to return to, as we pretty much just blasted through), Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, and finally San Diego. Here is our Southern California Love List.
1. The People! Well, at least all the people we met! Everyone was very welcoming and generous everywhere we went. We met up with Chris, Erin and Zephyr of Zephyr Sunrise for lunch, a tour around town (thanks, guys!), and some tasty crepes and coffee before a walk on the pier the next morning. It was great hearing all about their adventures while traveling around the U.S. for ten months in their motorhome.
2. The weather (for the most part!)! It was so refreshing to have sunny days and warm weather after some cold camping nights. We definitely stocked up on our vitamin D quotients.
3. The beaches! Dang, California! Pretty sure we should move to California when (if?) we are ready to settle down one day. Watching surfers, jogging on the beach, the flour-like sand, and gorgeous sunrises/sunsets were the highlights.
Thanks for hosting us in San Clemente Chris, Erin, and Zephyr!
The San Clemente Pier. Our campsite at the San Clemente State Park on the bluffs.
We made our way down to San Diego and stopped on Coronado Island for a bit of sightseeing! This is the famous Coronado Hotel. And then we drove to Balboa Park!