We've been cooped up for a while now - call it a combination of being lazy and just feeling like homebodies that got us in the groove of just wanting to have our lazy Saturday's and lazy Sunday's on repeat.
We hadn't been out for drinks or even to eat in quite some time, so I finally put on my face, we slapped on some clothes other than our sweatpants, and went out to enjoy this superb SoCal gloomy weather. We had no idea what we wanted to do... just that we had time to kill, so the hardest part was figuring out how to spend our time.
It was time to dust ourselves off and bring back some spontaneity in our lives. What we essentially ended up doing was spending our weekend playing tourist in our own hometown, but a weekend filled with beer and sightseeing sounds like a pretty solid weekend to me, especially when it comes hand in hand with good weather!
First stop was breakfast at one of our favorite donut shops - ROSE DONUTS. If you're a USD student, you're probably familiar with this family-owned donut shop that's open 24/7 with some of the friendliest people working the counter. I swear, they always have smiles on their faces, and their breakfast sandwiches are TO. DIE. FOR. Jason and I always get their "Country Croissant" which consists of a piping hot croissant oozing with melted cheese, eggs, and tons of crispy bacon. We always get it in a combo which includes a donut of your choice and a drink. Pro tip: upgrade to the Vietnamese coffee. Simple yet delectable, super wallet-friendly, and keeps you full for nearly an entire day.
North Park Beer Co
Bellies full and minds caffeinated, we were ready for beer! Unsure where to venture, we figured North Park would be a safe bet so we headed down to NORTH PARK BEER CO since it'd been a while. We made it shortly before the afternoon rush and landed some nice corner seats where we were able to watch random people (and dogs) walk and zoom by on their electric scooters.
Our next stop was Alesmith. Technically, it was Pure Project, but because they were so packed from a can release, we decided to just go to Alesmith instead.
Mini photoshoot in the parking lot? Why not :)
Someone's private party outside was having tacos catered so their smoke was filling up the entire tasting room and making it hot and smoky so we didn't feel like hanging out there for too long.
At the recommendation of a coworker, we decided to check out a nearby sushi spot for dinner. We're so happy to report that it was a total winner in our book, and we finally have a new sushi restaurant that's not only delicious, but close to home and affordable! Yessss. Thanks Daniel!
Luckily the weather was just perfect for sitting outside so we couldn't have been happier with dining al fresco as the sun set and the hot air balloons floated by just above us. Our food was perfect - light but filling and the small scoop of ice cream was the cherry on top.
Our drive home during sun set was even more exciting when a hot air balloon actually flew right by the bridge as we drive by. We're used them them flying above us near the freeway and seeing them land in the open fields nearby, but I don't think I've actually ever been that close to them by a pedestrian bridge. No actual pics, though, just blurry iPhone shots. Revel in the beauty of the sun, though.
Balboa Park + The Museum of Man
It was a new day, and since we were sort of just going with the flow, we sort of just ended up driving through BALBOA PARK. I randomly noticed a sign for a POSTSECRET exhibit while we were driving past the Museum of Man which piqued my interest, but I figured I didn't want to fight the crowds for parking on a busy Sunday so didn't think much of it. Lo and behold, we actually just stumbled upon a parking spot right up front as we were just about to leave the park, so we decided to just go for it.
It was a beautiful day in the park, and if luck was on our side pushing for it, we weren't going to fight it. The sun was finally out again in full force, and so were the crowds, but
I've been following PostSecret for years now, probably since close to its inception in 2005. If you're not familiar with what PostSecret is, it's "an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard" and for years its intrigued me, but also been therapeutic in a way. The secrets were originally posted on the website, but with the evolution of social media, have since increasingly moved onto these platforms as well.
The exhibit was pretty emotional (at least for me), and while we didn't spend too much time looking through their vast collection of secrets, it's amazing to see how much of yourself you see reflected in someone else's handwriting. It just serves as a reminder that we're definitely not alone in whatever we might be struggling through and I highly recommend visiting this exhibit if you get the chance.
Guests to the PostSecret exhibit can even write and submit their own secrets anonymously, or you can send in recorded secrets over telephones they have placed throughout the exhibit.
The great thing about this museum visit was that the other exhibits were also included! This meant we got to read about the history of beer, in addition to seeing some mummies and also a really creepy exhibit about animals and food.
La Jolla Cove
I swear luck was just on our side this fine day! Not only did we score parking at Balboa Park on a crazy busy day without even trying... but we also scored parking at an elusive spot at LA JOLLA COVE near the trail we were trying to get to on our first try despite traffic backing up on all of the streets per usual.
We took a walk along shore, and unfortunately saw that the pedestrian bridge was still broken and closed. With the weather being as great as it was, there were so many kayakers on the waters that day. I'd never seen SO many kayakers out at once! We took our time and just sat on the benches taking in the views for a while, watching the surf come in and out, and watching the kayakers paddling out and back in groups.
There really is no place like the beach on a nice overcast day. Something about not getting burned by the sun and having sweat dripping down your forehead that just allows you to sit peacefully by the shore for as long as your heart desires ♥︎ I've been craving another vacation, but these staycations will have to do for now, especially when you're a true homebody at heart.