Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I Haven't Gone Anywhere

Hello friends! I know I know, it's been about two weeks since I've blogged about my training and life in general. It's been a busy couple of weeks for me. For starters, as you all might know, the hubs and I went on a 10 day trip to California. We started off in Arizona and ended in San Francisco.

So, we left on a Friday to Tucson, Arizona and we visited my husband's grandfather. While I was there, I enjoyed a nice 13 mile run on the desert city with massive rolling hills. I was stricken with amazement by the altitude and by the size of the hills. I had never seen anything like that nor had my body ever experienced that before.

Needless to say, my stride trickled down to a 14 minute pace while I struggled to the top of the mountain. All in all, it was an interesting experience. I mean, I could do without a desert city, but the weather was awesome! 

After we left Arizona, we took a plane to LA and began our California expedition there. First, we rented a nice convertible Camaro (we looked like such tourists!). Then, we drove to San Diego. The hubs was stationed 4 years in Coronado while he was in the Navy, so he wanted to show me his stomping grounds. San Diego was indeed a beautiful city. It reminded me of a somewhat quaint beach town with the most beautiful beaches and the freshest smelling air.

While in Coronado, we lodged in the Hotel Del Coronado, which has a lengthy list of celebrities and Presidents that have stayed there. If you're into old movies like me, then you might recognize the "Del" from Marilyn Monroe's movie "Some Like it Hot." "Hot" indeed it was!

After San Diego, we drove back to LA and we visited the famous "Rodeo Drive." It was really nothing to brag about. It reminded me of Miami's famous "Washington Avenue" where all the big brand stores are located.

We also visited the infamous "Hollywood Boulevard" where aspiring artists/street walkers attempt to get discovered. It was quite interesting to see their motivation and drive I must say. While at the Boulevard, we got to see the big Hollywood sign from a telescope. What a view! It was spectacular. For a brief second I felt like Kate Hudson in "Almost Famous." I suppose Hollywood Boulevard makes you feel that way :).

After LA we packed our bags and headed to Napa Valley. It was a rather long drive, but the scenery totally made up for it. We drove up the Pacific Coast Highway and then through some local vineyards. 

While in Napa, we rode a hot air balloon. What an amazing and breath-taking experience. I had always wanted to experience that despite my fear of heights. I didn't budge towards my fear and I just went for it and thank God I did! Our pilot was pretty seasoned so I felt safe until he landed the balloon on a chain-linked fence. Then, he proceeded to land the basket in a middle school parking lot! I suppose it was quite comical to see the kids all excited and amused. Oh and talking about amusement, we got to see two men in their boxer briefs while we were passing through some houses. Classic! :)

While in Napa, we did the typical wine tasting adventures. We visited the famous "Robert Mondavi" vineyards and some other local ones too. It was actually a very educational experience. 

After Napa Valley, we ended our California trip in San Francisco. We visited the Golden Gate Bridge (mouth-dropping!), the Fisherman's Wharf and the Giants' stadium. It was actually the city I liked least from all four, but it was nevertheless very beautiful.

I was very happy to take this trip with my hubs. I had never been to Arizona or California, so I was able to scratch off some bucket list items while I was there. 

Anywho, the week after I returned, the hubs, baby and I got wretchedly sick with a cold. It's somewhat subsided, but not completely yet. 

Now y'all, check in tomorrow for some cool news I want to share!!! 

I am grateful that my husband took me 
On such an amazing trip. 
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